Sheriff James Early discovers a ranch family murdered–father, mother, and three children. The youngest–twins–not yet a year old. The investigation takes Early into a Kansas City gambling den, out to Tonapah, Nevada–the one-time queen of the silver camps–and back home where, on a mercy flight to drop hay to starving livestock stranded by a blizzard, he falls out of an airplane and lives, only to become lost in the snow-blanketed hills of Kansas cattle country.
About the Author
Jerry Peterson, a retired pilot, teacher, and newsman, lived and worked in Kansas for eight years, in Riley County where he sets his James Early stories. He now lives and writes in his home state of Wisconsin, the land of brats, beer, and books!
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A moonscape of snow blankets 1950 Kansas. Ice churns behind sparse trafic on the drifted country roads. Action zig-zags around every bend . A stranded car on a lonely county road leads Sheriff, James Early to a gripping murder of a family of five. A tip finds Early flight bound for Kansas City.It's his first flight--gut wrenching and nauseating. He hates flying, and is embarrassed by his reactions. On an upbeat note, he meets Maddy, the personable and helpful Frontier Airlines stewardess. She later accompanies Early and his deputy to an illegal gambling parlor. Complex action abounds, and we decry Maddy's ultimate fate.. More flying is in the cards for Early, but he has a mission. We are introduced to the novel's diaphanour preacher, who seems to materialize at opportune times. His calling card is Teaberry gum. Once back home on the prairie, Early faces the yet unsolved murders, along with a new ring of auto thefts.He is aided by an old nemesis, Sonny Estes. is a "Sundance Kid" type character, now reformed and on military leave from Fort Riley. A blizzard continues to rage across the Kansas ranchland, leaving herds of cattle without food or shelter.Early heeds a call to assist, gamely boarding a transport plane, dropping bales of hay to the starving cattle.A horrendous accident propels Early earthward out of the rear of the plane. He again meets the mysterious preacher. Will Sheriff Early survive nearly insurmountable odds? Will the murders and the car thefts be solved? As one of author Jerry Peterson's fellow authors enthuses--"If our hero was on the screen instead of in a book, no one would leave the room."