When Ryan came riding back into Tularosa people gawped in disbelief. The power-players in town wanted him out of town—whether by horse or by casket. His old friends welcomed him, but their faces were shadowed with doubt and hard questions. Why could he make it back to town to see his sister’s killer hang when he couldn’t be bothered to stay and support her against the treacherous Kane brothers when she was still alive?
It doesn’t take Ryan long to realize that Billy Kane, who stands to hang, is not his sister’s killer. He focuses his attention on the men who first ran him out of town, certain that they know the killer’s identity. No matter how long it takes, Ryan is determined to avenge his sister’s death and bring her murderer to justice. This time he’s not going to allow the powerful forces that control most everything in Tularosa hide the truth.
Bill Crider is the winner of two Anthony Awards and an Edgar Award Finalist. An English teacher for many years—at both collegiate and high school level—he’s published more than seventy-five Western, crime and horror novels. He lives with his wife in Alvin, Texas.