Hard Times

Hard Times

by Darrel Sparkman
Hard Times

Hard Times

by Darrel Sparkman


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The killer sold his soul to the devil. The Deacon has come to collect.

In the spring of 1878, legendary lawman Coble Bray meets the fiery Maria in Big Springs and is swept off his feet. They marry and move to a small ranch in Missouri where Coble is content with his new life and bride.

That's when his old friend Priest shows up.

A woman Priest is courting has been murdered. A cross and a key are left in her mouth, along with a note from her killer... a note addressed to Coble Bray. What does it all mean? And what does it have to do with The Deacon? Fearing a connection to another unsolved murder the previous year, Priest asks his old partner to come out of retirement to investigate. Motivated by his sense of duty and the specter of another killer on the loose, Coble accepts-even after Maria kicks him out of the house for doing so.

Starting his new investigation where his last one ended, Coble ends up in Hard Times, Kansas. It's an appropriate name for the place, as well as his predicament. Lonely, and isolated, he has nowhere to turn as the killer engages him in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Things grow even murkier when Maria shows up in town in the company of a strange man. Can The Deacon crack the case before the murderer strikes again? Or will the next victim be much closer to home?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781633735941
Publisher: Oghma Creative Media
Publication date: 12/22/2020
Pages: 228
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Darrel Sparkman resides in Southwest Missouri with his wife. Their three children and eleven grandchildren live nearby. His hobbies include gardening, golfing, and writing. In the past, Darrel served four years in the United States Navy, including seven months in Viet Nam as a combat search & rescue helicopter crewman. He also served nineteen years as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician, worked as a professional photographer, computer repair tech, and was owner and operator of a greenhouse and flower shop. Darrel is currently retired and self-employed. He finally has that job that wakes you up every day with a smile.

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