Fans of William Johnstone and Ralph Compton will love this action-packed historical western featuring a lone gunman and the people he’s tasked with protecting. Jake Paynter escaped the noose, but the price of salvation is pain. Since reluctantly accepting the marshal’s job at South Pass City, Jake’s life has become an unending run of solving other people’s problems. When outlaw boss Dutch van Zandt and his ruthless band mount a campaign of mayhem in Jake’s corner of the Wyoming Territory, Jake learns that Lucien Ashley, his persistent adversary, may be aiding the criminals to expand his burgeoning cattle fortune. The fact that Lucien is the brother of Rosalyn, a woman Jake admires, complicates matters. Determined to thwart van Zandt and Lucien, Jake recruits a posse of old friends and former platoon-mates that puts the outlaw gang on the run. When Lucien betrays van Zandt, the outlaw leader loots Jake’s town and takes captive Rosalyn and four children. With friends few and enemies in abundance, Jake must thread a harrowing needle to run down van Zandt in the rugged Wyoming wilderness and save Rosalyn and the children without ending up in a shallow grave.
Author David Nix writes an action-packed, authentic historical western series featuring: A former soldier with a target on his back A slew of bounty hunters determined to claim their prize A ruthless detective who wants to see Jake pay A breathtaking journey across the wild westJake Paynter is in deep trouble. With a $1000 bounty on his head, every law man, bounty hunter, and desperado west of the Mississippi is gunning for him. Jake’s plan to lay low with the Shoshone quickly falls apart, but before he can leave for far Yellowstone, his two best friends, Gus Rivers and Stacy Blue, show up with a dilemma. Miners at South Pass City are getting murdered by a man or beast-no one is certain-and his immigrant friends from the Oregon Trail are in danger. Against his better judgment, Paynter travels to the mining fields to bring the culprits to justice. Hiding in an abandoned mine by day and sleuthing by night, Jake begins to unravel the mystery of the deaths. But as adversarial forces close in, Jake must decide whether to escape to isolation or remain and fight for his friends.