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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.
About 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.