Johnny Montana was tall and dark, and sport a thin, neatly trimmed mustache and he had midnight black eyes. He was particular about his person; he shaved regular and put rosewater in his hair and preferred clean shirts when he could get them…Johnny Montana was the kind of man who made things happen.
“You planning on sticking around these parts for the rest of your days?” That question completely changed Katie Swensen’s life….She knew in an instant that her answer would be ‘no’ if Johnny Montana was asking her to go away with him. They left in the late hours of a warm evening, her daddy snoring in the other room. Johnny Montana was the handsomest man she’d ever met. It wasn’t until a few days later that she learned he was also a gambler, a road agent and a killer.
Henry Dollar was a man that knew horses and knew how to ride them, and he knew guns and how to use them. He’d been tested by gunfire in the sixteen years he’d spent with the D Company of the Texas Rangers. Henry Dollar never shirked his duty, he never backed down, and he never took what wasn’t his…but then, he just hadn’t been tempted enough, yet.
Eli Stagg was a hard, cruel, friendless man with a talent for hunting, tracking and killing. The family of William F. Gray, the late Senator of Arkansas, engaged Stagg to find and kill the man who shot the Senator and left him to die in the dust of the road…
Pete Winter, a young lawman, was asked to escort two prisoners across Indian Territory to the court of ‘Hanging Judge’ Parker…
In this rich and complex novel of the Great American Frontier, these characters cross paths and raise arms as they each seek their individual destinies and desires—some will emerge victorious while others will be defeated by harsh climes and hardened men.
Bill Brooks lives, works, and writes in Indiana. He has led trips as a wilderness guide, served in the Marine Corps and reported for several newspapers. This is his first novel, though he has gone on to publish nearly 30 subsequent historical novels, including A Bullet for Billy and Winter Kill.