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Charlie Red
     

Charlie Red

by Michael Zimmer
 

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Tom Slade is riding shotgun for the Colorado and Prescott Stagecoach Company, in charge of delivering $45,000 in cash to the mines in central Arizona, when the stage is robbed at an isolated way station. Most men would have gone on to Prescott for help, but Slade knows he doesn’t have that kind of time if he hopes to catch up with the thieves before they

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Tom Slade is riding shotgun for the Colorado and Prescott Stagecoach Company, in charge of delivering $45,000 in cash to the mines in central Arizona, when the stage is robbed at an isolated way station. Most men would have gone on to Prescott for help, but Slade knows he doesn’t have that kind of time if he hopes to catch up with the thieves before they disappear into the desert. Alone and riding a worn-out harness mule, Slade grimly sets off in pursuit. He realizes it’s going to take every ounce of skill and perseverance he’s got to recover the mine payroll and bring the bandits to justice. What he hadn’t counted on was a woman named Claire Adams showing up in the middle of the desert with her own reason for tracking down the outlaw gang, or the influence of her mysterious friend, Charlie Red.

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"CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR MICHAEL ZIMMER:

“Rose is a beautiful composite of frontier women, some famous, some not; Zimmer’s great strength is that he doesn’t make his heroine anything other than an ordinary, decent woman who never had any luck. She falls so low she has nothing to lose and can become a pure spirit, and an avenger of the weak. Think of Luke Short for action and Ernest Haycox for his sweeping style. All westerns should be this good.”

--STARRED Booklist on The Poacher’s Daughter

“a straightforward, suspenseful western, full of border lore and Zimmer’s amazing knowledge of firearms.”

--Booklist on Leaving Yuma

“The chase scene in the rocks, in which Wil and his sweetheart find refuge in a fearsome, bat-infested cave, is as harrowing as any you’ll read . . . this is a fine western, full of amazing gun lore and agreeable horse sense.”

--Booklist on Rio Tinto

“Zimmer (Johnny Montana, 2010; The Long Hitch, 2011) demonstrates again why he’s one of the more interesting voices in western fiction. What could have been a simple, straightforward story about a boy who gets mixed up with some desperadoes is transformed, through a clever story structure, into something with unexpected depth. It’s a very personal storytelling style—Roper talking directly to the reader—and, at times, we can hear the wistfulness in his voice, the bittersweet memory of a time when he and the country were raw, young, and full of hope and promise. A stirring tale, well told.”

--Booklist on City of Rocks, a Booklist Top 10 Western selection 2012

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781432832292
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
06/22/2016
Sales rank:
883,901
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Meet the Author


Michael Zimmer grew up on a small Colorado horse ranch, and began to break and train horses for spending money while still in high school. An American history enthusiast from a very early age, he has done extensive research on the Old West. Zimmer is the author of several previous novels. His work has been praised by Library Journal, Booklist, and Publishers Weekly among others. Zimmer’s City of Rocks (Five Star, 2012) was chosen by Booklist as one of the top ten Western novels of 2012. His recent publication of The Poacher’s Daughter (Five Star, 2014) received a starred Booklist review that stated “all westerns should be this good” and was selected as the winner of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Western Heritage Wrangler Award for Outstanding Western Novel (2015). Zimmer now resides in Utah with his wife Vanessa, and two dogs. Learn more by visiting his website at www.michael-zimmer.com. Watch for his next Five Star Western novels, The Rusted Sun and Billy Pinto’s War.

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