Sunday, 13 February 2011

Black Horse Westerns - January 2011


Ambush at Lakota Crossing - Terrell L. Bowers

Lakota Crossing was manned by two old codgers and was fifty miles from the nearest town. It had always been the perfect place for an ambush. But when Wayland Lott and his gang of killers planned to rob an army payroll at its way station, they had no idea that one of those men had a bounty hunter on his trail. Bounty hunting was not the sort of life Jess Logan had expected after the war. He'd had a bit of luck and even earned a reputation, but his luck ran out in Missouri when he ran into the worst blizzard on record. So Logan took on a job at the stage stop at Lakota Crossing to finish out the winter there...and when the bandit gang began warring, Jess jumped straight into the action, regardless of the consequences...


Bear Creek - Jack Edwardes

Ben Tobin had ridden for Wells Fargo for two hard years. He'd chased after no-goods riding the owl-hoot trail, survived shoot-outs, and slept beneath the stars more times than he cared to remember. But then his partner was badly wounded and Tobin decided to call time on his riding days. However, when his old partner looks him up to ask him for his help, it's a request he can't ignore. Now, he finds himself riding into trouble once again. Short-trigger men stalk the alleyways of Bear Creek. Powerful ranchers are playing a dangerous game, calculating there is big money for the taking. Hired killers target Tobin and he'll need all his old skills with his Navy Colt to survive...


Duel at Del Norte - Ethan Flagg

Russ Wikeley settles in the boom town of Del Norte, South Dakota, hoping to erase the memory of a sordid past, and after foiling a bank robbery he is persuaded to stand for sheriff in the forthcoming elections. However, a scheming gang boss by the name of Diamond Jim Stoner wants his own man to become sheriff and when he discovers Russ' secret he is quick to spill the truth. Stoner's plan backfires but he is not prepared to give up that easily. Not to be thwarted in his plan to take over the town, Stoner hatches a new scheme to frame his adversary for robbery and murder. Will Stoner's dastardly plan succeed? And is Russ prepared to lie down and play dead? Both men are full of determination...but only one can be the victor in the final duel on the streets of Del Norte.


Trail of the Hanged Man - Steve Hayes

Wrangler Ben Lawless knows he was hanged - he has the rope burns around his neck to prove it! But he can't remember who hanged him or why. Nor can he remember how he escaped. Haunted by his missing past, Lawless heads for Arizona to start a new life. On the way, he saves Sheriff Tishman from being hanged by Joey Morgan, provoking Joey's vengeful wrath in the process. Then he helps his attractive neighbour, Ingrid Bjorkman, fight Stillman Stadtlander, a ruthless cattle baron who wants her land. The fight against Stadtlander promises not to be easy, but Lawless will do anything for the beautiful Ingrid. Little does he know that this deadly conflict will begin a series of perilous events that will lead him to the man who hanged him...


Hope's Last Chance - Rob Hill

In a last, desperate bid to save their family farm from repossession, brothers Tom and Jeb Hope head west to California to take a chance on old mining claim. Against all odds, they find gold...but then calamity strikes. When young Jeb heads for the bank with his precious find, he is robbed and wounded. Then, when he tries to recover the gold, he is murdered in cold blood, leaving his loyal brother Tom devastated. Now Tom must follow the trail of his brother's killers and find the gold which can save his family. His search takes him from the docklands of Sacramento, through the lawless mining towns of the Sierra Nevada and on to hostile Indian territory where danger is everywhere. Does he have what it takes to survive?


The Highwaymen - Owen G. Irons

The Chicolote highwayman, notable for his odd habit of returning his ill-gotten gains after terrorising passengers and stagecoach drivers, had long been responsible for disrupting coach travel and gold shipments along the line. Now he was dead, or so the story went, but his body was never found and the stick-ups continued as before. Could there be a second man imitating him? Or perhaps more? The robberies always happened on the same stretch of the same dangerous road, with the same precision. The banks were getting nervous about sending anything of value on the Chicolote and the passengers feared for their safety. Someone had to stop the hold-ups...It was a job for Laredo.


Scar County Showdown - Elliot Long

When town marshal Arthur Curry is gunned down from behind by killers unknown, his brother Sam comes to Columbus to pay his last respects and to seek vengeance against those who have wronged his family so grievously. The mayor of Columbus, Sam's friend from his Kansas trail-town days, has an idea of who is responsible for the murderous crime - but Sam is determined to come to his own conclusions. Now his investigations lead him headfirst into a nightmare to which there is no easy solution. Time is ticking and there is a target on Sam's back...


The Tanglewood Desperadoes - Logan Winters

There was a saying about Southern Colorado's Tanglewood: once you entered you could never find your way out. A savage and broken landscape, Tanglewood was the perfect place to hide from the law since no man carrying a badge ever entered it, preferring the Tanglewood to do his work for him. So when Trace Dawson and his gang rode in, they were men without hope. Crooked land-pirates had taken their land and their homes from them. Now they were planning to fight back, whatever that might involve...

2 comments:

Nik said...

Wow, every one of those covers is a humdinger!

Gary Dobbs/Jack Martin said...

Agree with Nick but the Steve Hayes cover is absolutely amazing.