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A natural tracker does all he can to help a woman escape the Dakota TerritoryWhen the harsh winters of the Black Hills snuffed out his father’s life, Miles Donovan was left with no inheritance but knowledge of every trail, creek, and ridge in the Dakota territories. He put his scouting instincts to work for the US cavalry, helping them chase Sioux raiding parties across terrain where few white men dared to tread. It was in that unforgiving country that he learned to hate Tom DeFord, a savage gunman whom Miles once saw kill a Blackfoot woman in cold blood.His scouting days behind him, Miles is cooling his heels in Deadwood when the beautiful Della Adair hires him to escort her out of town, and across the dangerous Dakota plains. When Tom DeFord comes after Della and her gold, Miles will make a stand, turning his guns against the deadliest killer the Dakota Territories have ever known.
In the barren Sonora desert, a thirsty drifter makes a promise to a dying manFresh out of jail, John Magadan sets out for the oasis of Coyote Wells. When he finds the spring dried up, he knows he will likely die. He trudges on, and hears a voice calling from the sands—a gutshot man pleading for water that John does not have to give. The man presses silver into John’s hand, begging him to take it to Yuma, to tell his sweetheart how he died. John agrees, even though he sees no chance of making it there alive.Soon after he rides on, John’s horse gives out, sending him crashing to the ground unconscious. When he comes to, he’s in an unfamiliar place, being interrogated by men who suspect him of killing the man in the desert. Killers, lawmen, and Yaqui Indians all want John Magadan’s hide. He survived the desert, but the trip to Yuma will be deadly.
On a broken ankle, a vengeful man carves a path into hellJohn Dancer hauls himself out of bed and stuffs his swollen ankle into his boot, gritting his teeth through the pain. That boot won’t come off again unless he cuts through the leather, but for now it will do just fine. His ankle was blown apart by a Winchester rifle, and he will never walk right on it again. John Dancer can’t run, but he can ride—and he is fine with dealing justice on horseback.His trouble started three months earlier, when his drifter lifestyle led him to an abandoned ranch, where a woman lay weeping over the body of her lynched husband. His instincts told him to ride on, but he couldn’t leave the woman alone, and he stayed behind to help her bury her man. When the raiders who killed him returned, Dancer was caught in the middle, his ankle destroyed and his thoughts turned forever towards revenge.
Run off his land, a rancher is forced to take the most dangerous job in town: marshalJulius Lang is chatting with the marshal when the killers ride down Main Street, and he doesn’t have time to reach for his gun before a storm of bullets cuts the lawman down. This is the fourth marshal Montero has lost this year, and the townspeople want Lang to be the fifth. He’d rather return to the safety of his failing ranch, but when a brassy young San Francisco woman comes and claims his land as her own, he’s left with no choice but to take the badge—and be measured for a coffin along with it.The killers who run this town expect Lang to be just another pushover, but he’s ready to surprise them. This rancher has lost everything, and he will kill to get it back.
Framed for murder, an honest man rides over the desert to clear his nameJake Shockley has his feet up in the tavern when his twin comes through the door. The stranger isn’t his brother, but may as well be, and Jake sees opportunity there—a chance to erase years of warrants and wanted posters with a single quick kill. He lures his lookalike into the alley, knocks him out, and waits until a rider comes along. Jake shoots his twin through the heart and skips town, leaving Giles Clanahan to take the blame.At first, Clanahan is praised for killing the notorious bandit, but when the townspeople realize the dead man isn’t Shockley, they sentence Giles to hang. He escapes, and sets out across the desert, planning to bring justice to the man who framed him—even if it means dying in the sand.
In a deserted cabin on the Great Plains, a settler tries to make a homeRincon and his two companions ride out of the frigid night, and demand shelter in the sagging old cabin. They have gold in their saddlebags and the army on their tail, and they need a place to lay low. Letting them inside is the worst mistake the Whittaker brothers will ever make. The riders gun one brother down, and are holding the other hostage when the army surrounds the house. The soldiers unload on the cabin, peppering it with a hundred rounds of ammunition, and killing everyone inside except Rincon. They have their prisoner--but they don't find the gold.When Ben Flowers settles in the territory, he's told the cabin is haunted by the men killed that night. He tries to make a home for himself in the abandoned structure, but as long as that gold is on his property he will never have peace.
In a deserted western town, two drifters fight to stay aliveThe place is called Hangtown, and it’s as dead as a man with a noose cinched ‘round his neck. Josh Banks and Wage Carson rode here in search of work, but they found the settlement dried up and blown away—the silver mine empty and the population gone with it. Josh wants to take what supplies they can and move on out into the desert, but Wage has a grander idea. The town has been abandoned, and that makes it theirs to own. He elects Josh mayor, appoints himself sheriff, and the town is alive again. Welcome to Hangtown—population: 2.When a troop of painted ladies rides into their empty town, Wage’s plan starts to look pretty clever. But soldiers and gunmen follow close behind, and this two-man hamlet becomes the flashpoint for bloody conflict. Hangtown will be dead again soon, and if Wage and Josh don’t move quickly, it will take them with it.
Rescued by settlers, an injured lawman fights to regain his memoryHis horse shot out from under him, the sheriff scrambles across ragged wasteland, desperate to outrun the four riders behind him. Bullets sing through the air as the chase comes to an abrupt halt at the lip of the Snake River Gorge. Far below him, the rapids roar through the canyon, and the lawman has no choice but to jump. He falls, slamming his head on a rock, and sinks into unconsciousness.He washes up on the riverbank near a small farm, where young Teresa Bright drags him to safety. His rescuer finds no clue to his identity but a piece of a badge nestled in his front pocket. She and her father wash and dress the stranger’s wounds, but they can do nothing to bring back his shattered memory. Whoever this man is, there were killers on his tail, and they will not rest until he’s found.
Lost in the Mexican desert, a cowboy stumbles upon a mysterious settlementThe cattle drive was Jake's last chance. After promising a fortune to any man willing to make the long trek across the Mexican border, the ranch boss skipped out at journey's end, leaving Jake Staggs friendless, broke, and far from home. Trudging across the desert, holes in his boots and his horse near death from thirst, Jake smells the unmistakable scent of fresh water. In a lonely gulch he finds lush grass, plenty to drink, and a cabin occupied only by an old man and a madwoman. It is a little piece of paradise--but he will be lucky to get out alive.The gulch is a hideout for a band of horse thieves, and now that Jake has been there, they won't let him leave. He narrowly escapes, but not for long. Before he can go home, Jake must make one last trip into smuggler's gulch.
After two years in jail, a cowboy searches for his sweetheartIt's bold for a cowhand to woo his boss's daughter, but John Tanner can't help loving Becky Canasta. Their courtship is upended by Matt Doyle, a spurned admirer who considers Becky to be his property--and is willing to kill to keep it that way. He is about to have his revenge when Becky draws a small pistol and shoots him through the heart. To save her from the gallows, John takes the blame. He receives only two years in prison for his gallantry. Once freed, he returns to the ranch to see if he still holds Becky's favor, but the place is ransacked--and Becky is nowhere to be found. Desperate to save the woman for whom he sacrificed his freedom, John sets off in pursuit of the kidnappers, who are on the trail of a legendary treasure. He must find it first if he ever wants to see Becky alive again.
Driven off their land, a gang of settlers turns to a life of crimeA few miles outside of town lies the Tanglewood, a savage maze choked with inedible plants and overrun with deadly animals. The sharpest trackers in the West would lose themselves in the Tanglewood, but for those who know its secrets, it is an invaluable refuge.Dan Sumner and his friends are honorable men, and in this part of the prairie, that means they are a dying breed. Forced from their homesteads by a gang of corrupt Eastern businessmen, the guys turn desperado. To drive their tormentors out, they rob the town bank by moonlight. But when the sheriff and his deputies are waiting for them, a vicious gunfight leads them to take refuge in the Tanglewood--where good men go to die.
An out-of-work lawman rides into the hills in search of a runaway killerBefore he draws his gun, Tom Dyce waits for John Bass to shoot first. He plugs the killer in the stomach but doesn't fire again. A marshal's deputy, Tom has never killed a man in cold blood . . . at least, not yet.The confrontation with Bass sours Tom on working for the marshal. Needing a change, he decides to return home to Thibido and the woman he loved long ago, Aurora Tyne. Before he leaves Rincon, the marshal offers him one last assignment: tracking a fugitive bank robber who has fled into the hills outside of Tom's hometown. Though he wants nothing to do with bounty hunting, the reward isn't the only thing that draws him to the chase. Aurora's life is in danger, and saving her may require murder.
Flat broke and crippled, a cowhand takes a job from a doomed manAt the end of a backbreaking cattle drive, a steer turns on Joe Sample, pinning him against a fence and snapping his leg. He will never ride right again. Recovering from the wound empties his wallet, and he is staring poverty in the face when Pierce Malloy staggers into the saloon, blood leaking out of his boots. Malloy has shot the marshal in a desperate attempt to save his brother from hanging, and now the deputies are after him. He has just minutes to live--and he wants to give Joe a job.In exchange for a small fortune--$220--Joe agrees to deliver a package of stolen goods to the hanged man's widow. Moments after Malloy hands over the money, he is shot dead. Joe honors his agreement--and in the process, he learns that there are far tighter spots than between a steer and a fence post.
The men of a posse on the trail of an outlaw begin to turn on one anotherWhat made Jake Worthy rob his hometown bank? Was it stupidity? Daring? Or did he simply not think the men of Quirt, Arizona, had the skill to catch him? Three days out of Quirt, the group sent after Worthy is coming apart at the seams. The richest man in town is complaining about the hardships of the trail. Alongside him are a couple of greenhorns, a few refugees from the saloon, and a redheaded man whose steely confidence the sheriff simply does not trust. By law, the chase must end at the county line--but Sheriff Fawcett fears the posse is beyond his control.To capture Worthy and retrieve the stolen gold, the men of Quirt will push themselves to the limit, even if it means turning outlaw themselves.
In a cutthroat western town, a newcomer is tricked into helping an outlawAfter three days in a stagecoach, Chad Dempster is weary, dusty, and sore. On his first step into Las Palmas, he slips, and crashes face first into the dirt. His clumsiness earns him a nickname--Tanglefoot--and the sympathy of Glen Walker, one of the most powerful men in town. Walker buys Chad lunch, finds him a place to stay, and gets him a job driving the stagecoach. He seems like the best friend a newcomer could have--but he is setting Tanglefoot up to die.On Chad's first run with the stage, a crew of bandits open fire on him. He is saved only by the quick shooting of a mysterious passenger. But why did the outlaws quit so easily? And if the passenger was the one who saved him, why did Chad not see him draw his gun? Trapped in a conspiracy he can't understand, Tanglefoot must move quick to stay alive, or risk something much worse than falling on his face.
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A soldier returns home to find his family at war with itselfWhen Russell Bates gets his father's message that the family ranch is in trouble, he does not hesitate to ask his commander for leave. When his request is denied, the cavalryman takes matters into his own hands and goes AWOL during a patrol. There is nothing more important to Russell than his father, but he does not arrive in time to save him. Old man Bates is dead, and his ranch is ready to perish along with him. The foreman has been lynched, the cowhands are in revolt, and Russell's sisters have ceded control of the ranch to the sinister Vincent Battles. With the help of Trinity, an honest drifter whom Russell met on the road, the Bates family must fight to keep hold of their land. But when Russell's oldest brother returns from Texas, their civil war threatens to spread from the ranch to the family itself.
An elderly rancher is shot to death over a dispute about a hidden treasureJ. Pierce Buchanan has spent a lifetime tearing a living out of the open range--battling droughts and wildfire, Indians and bandits. At ninety, he has accumulated a fortune in gold pieces--some $50,000--but he will never get the chance to spend it. In the still of the night, someone sneaks into the old man's bedroom and tortures him at gunpoint in a fearsome attempt to lay his hands on the treasure. When J. Pierce won't speak, someone shoots him five times and disappears into the darkness. Heirs come out of the woodwork demanding a piece of the old man's fortune, as the cowhands and yard men of the ranch scour the thirty-thousand acres searching for the stash. Into this frenzy of greed ride Glen Strange and Bobby Trapp, a pair of honest cowboys just looking for a scrap of work. The J-Bar Ranch has contracted gold fever, and J. Pierce Buchanan will not be the last victim.
In the Arizona wasteland, a wanderer meets a man he cannot trustCameron Black gallops across the alkali flats on a stolen horse, a Henry rifle at his side. Horse theft is a hanging offense in Arizona, but that means nothing to Cam. If the law catches up to him, they can only hang him once, and he has already been sentenced to die. Just twelve days earlier Cam was a law-abiding man, making his way to Tombstone in hopes of finding work. He was nearly there when he met Stony, a hardened old salt who offered to share the trail with him. This man would save Cam's life a half-dozen times in the next few days--but he is also the reason Cam would face the hangman's rope.Fleeing the law, Cam takes refuge in the desert, a desperate gamble that nearly amounts to a death sentence of its own. Tombstone is the most dangerous town in the West--but the wasteland around it is far deadlier.
Desperate for a kill, a mysterious hunting party invades a settler's landYears ago, Lee Trent did a favor for the Cheyenne, who rewarded him by setting aside a parcel of land where no man but he could hunt, trap, or homestead. He lived quietly in the shadow of the snowcapped mountains for years--until the day that a hunting party arrived from the East and turned his peaceful world upside down.The party is led by the bloodthirsty Baron Stromberg, a European aristocrat who has come to hunt all manner of Western game. He has killed buffalo, mountain lions, moose, and deer, and all that he needs to complete his collection is a wapiti, the fabled elk of the mountains. Against his better judgment, Trent agrees to let the baron hunt. But when the shoot becomes a bloodbath, he finds himself caught between the killers from the east and the Cheyenne whom he saved long ago.
On a tortuous cattle drive, a cowboy battles weather, Comanches, and his own men The land is lush--but bare of cattle. Colonel Tremaine never expected his ranch's grass to come in so thick, and with his health failing, the old soldier lacks the strength to assemble the kind of herd that could take advantage of nature's bounty. He reaches out to Kirby McBride, an old recruit from his army days, and begs him for a favor. Once, the colonel saved Kirby's life. Now Kirby will save his.He sends Kirby to Mexico to collect a thousand-head herd from the drought-ravaged ranch of Don Trujillo-Lopez. Drive the cattle north, fatten them on Tremaine's grass, and he and the don can split the profits. But when jealousy overwhelms the drive and some of Kirby's own men prove treacherous, death threatens the operation. As Kirby McBride drives into Devil's Canyon, a fortune hangs in the balance--and so does his life.
Asked to rescue a missing girl, a gunman finds trouble everywhereCelia lies in bed when the man comes through her window. He whispers instructions, and she follows him into the night. Has she been kidnapped, or did she go of her own accord? To Celia's father, there is no question that his daughter has been abducted, and he offers $800 to anyone who will kill the man who took her. His first choice is Dan Featherskill, a mysterious drifter with no patience for the law but a deep respect for human life. Dan has killed before but is no assassin, and the offer of a bounty makes him sick. But there are men in this town who see murder as an opportunity.When the men sent out after Celia threaten the girl who Dan loves, he follows their trail into the foreboding Shadow Mountain. Trapped on the mountain by a deadly snowstorm, he will have to kill to survive.
A settler returns to the town he founded to burn it to the groundWhen Tom Quinn first came to the little patch of prairie that would become Stratton, it wasn't paradise, but it was close. The town he built there was beautiful in a humble way, an honest Western village where hardworking settlers came to make new lives. When Tom moved on, he left a happy town behind him. And then a man called Shelley Peebles came and turned it into hell.Backed up by a gang of hired guns, Peebles pushed out the small landowners, using money and muscle to corrupt the village and its people. Only one man stood in his way--the veteran gunman Tyler Holt--and so Peebles used his influence to have Holt lynched. This outrage brings Quinn back to the town he loved so much--not to save it, but to wipe it off the earth.
On the run from a bounty hunter, a bank robber searches for mercyBilly Gillis waits on the street as his cousin Pearly robs the bank. Fresh out of Yuma prison, Pearly has not killed anyone since his release, but with each robbery the cousins pull, the former jailbird inches closer to murder. Young Billy thought he wanted an outlaw's life, but after a few weeks on the run with his cousin, he feels panic creeping in. At twenty years old, he is too young to die.A gun fires inside the bank, and Pearly races out--money in his hand and a dead man on the floor behind him. On the run from a murder charge, Billy and the gang ride like mad. Pursuing them is Big Jack Corrigan, a bloodthirsty bounty hunter who puts the dead in dead or alive. After his first taste of outlaw life, Billy Gillis wants to go straight. But Big Jack Corrigan might not give him the chance.
As winter bears down, a gang of settlers races for their livesCasey Storm doesn't know who the Shadow Riders are. He only knows that they want to kill him. A dozen men in black slickers set upon Casey as soon as he reaches Montana, chasing him across the freezing plains for reasons he can only guess at. They chase him until his horse dies and keep chasing him even after he tumbles to the ground. He escapes only by chance, tripping and falling into a hidden coulee. The Shadow Riders pass on--and a winter storm descends.Thick snow falls as Casey staggers up to the covered wagon, begging for shelter. The inhabitants are also on the run from the Shadow Riders, who seem to have mistaken Casey for Stan Deveraux, the gunman who promised to lead the settlers to safety. They have six days to reach the fabled land known as Sundown--six days before their property is stolen, and they are left to die at the hands of the Shadow Riders.
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