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When Frank Bratton finished doing time for a bank robbery, he decided to make dealing a deck of cards rate more than a Colt .45. But a cheating gambler made him reach for his gun--and now crack U.S. Marshal Harry Locke wanted him for murder. At the same time, Bratton's old gang, headed by ruthless Monty Killeen, called him a traitor and lusted for blood vengeance. Only Bratton's beautiful ex-girlfriend Jenny McCall believed in his innocence. But Jenny was sure to be a handicap in a mountain showdown where one wrong move would leave Bratton ripped apart by outlaw bullets or dangling at the end of a hanging judge's rope.
John Rye, the Doomsday Marshall, must take Asa Metzgar, known as The Hanging Judge, safely from Arizona to his home in Nebraska. Keeping the judge alive, despite several men who want to kill him for hanging their sons or brothers, is not an easy job. Will the Doomsday Marshall be successful, or will the Hanging Judge meet his end?
He would be killed if he couldn't outguess the killers at his back. And Marshal John Banning knew it. He'd tracked the ruthless Wind River gang into the desert after they'd gunned down his nephew. But the gang had circled back and trapped him. And now, without water, he had two deadly choices: Die a slow death from thirst-or make a run for it and get a bullet through the head.
Was Allison a western Robin Hood, defending the poor and weak or a viscous killer who gunned down more than twenty men? Or is the truth somewhere between?
"He's a cold-blooded murderer behind his badge and we can't keep him around as town marshal. " "You really think Mark has turned killer?" one of them asked. Rohle, who had appointed himself head of the group, said smoothly, "This last shooting proves it to me. The marshal gunned down an unarmed man. I think Mark is unbalanced. Killing sometimes gets to be a habit that can't be stopped. "We'll give Mark until sundown to turn in his badge and leave town. If he refuses, well--he'll get a taste of his own medicine. "
Decket had a tiger by the tail when he arrested notorious killer Shotgun Travers. Decket had been wearing a US Marshal's badge whenhe was nothing of the sort. He was a small-town peace officer who had used the badge to his own ends.
After repeated vicious attacks on the stagecoach, and the senseless death of innocent men protecting shipments of gold, Starbuck faced an ugly fact. Someone connected with the stage company in Junction City was working with the outlaws, for the bandits knew too much about the gold and when and where it was being transported. His suspicions were confirmed during a bloody showdown in a saloon brawl, and Starbuck found himself set up as the only man who could save the gold and track down the informer. But things really got hot for Starbuck when the beautiful daughter of the stageline owner testified against him, and he was charged with a murder he did not commit!
There was no celebrating in Saddlerock when Dan Ruick returned home again. Many stories had been told about his six killings. Maybe he had only killed with cause, but the townfolk didn't press their luck and steered clear of Dan's gun. This time Dan had come back to find a killer, not be one. But a bounty hunter was already on his tracks, with orders to shoot on sight!
Dan Ricker didn't have a badge. He didn't ask to be a lawman. But he owed his life to Marshall Burke--and when Burke died while taking killer Jack Gorman to jail, Ricker knew he had to take over the job. The trail led through treacherous Comanche territory--where Ricker picked up the added burden of a girl whose father had been murdered by the Indians. Even worse, it had to pass close to the Gorman ranch, where Jack's vicious, vengeance-hungry kin waited in ambush. The Gormans had everything, including geography, in their favor--and it would take wits as well as raw courage to win through. And even when Ricker and his prisoner reached the apparent safety of town, jail, and civilized law, there was one final enemy to face . . . and one final showdown.
If the lynch mob didn't get him, a hanging judge would . . . even though he was innocent!Matt Campion had come to Harmony to begin a new life as a rancher, only to find himself unjustly accused of murder. Now, even if he could escape from this jail cell, he would have to outrun Albert Toon, the lawman they called "The Mantracker. " He was a human bloodhound. And he'd follow Campion to the ends of the earth if he had to. Because the man Campion was accused of killing was Albert Toon's brother.
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