Life at the Barr-McGee ranch has settled into a pleasant lull of work and rest for members of The Outfit. Life should be good . . . but big Rafe Barr stews about his wife and son’s murderer, and leaves to search for resolution, revenge, reckoning. Meanwhile, Black Jack Smith attends a high-stakes poker tournament in Santa Fe, where he encounters southern gambler Colonel Rufus Turlington the Second, and his powerful covert Brotherhood of the Phoenix. The group plans to make good on its rallying cry: “The South shall rise from the ashes, reborn!” in a brutal public lynchingwith visiting President Ulysses S. Grant as its swinging centerpiece. Returning to the ranch after dealing with the vicious killer, Knifer, and his midget partner, Plug, in Denver, Rafe and Cookie discover a cryptic telegram from Jack, something about a phoenix, a word that conjures specters from their secret-agent war days. The men ride for Santa Fe with Doc in tow, driving his latest invention, Ethel the War Wagon. Stakes are high and the men bet all in hopes they aren’t too late to save the President of the United States, and prevent the rebirth of a scourge long thought dead. It’s up to Rafe, Cookie, and the rest of THE OUTFIT to extinguish the rising flames of villainy and hatred.
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About the Author
Matthew P. Mayo is an award-winning author of thirty books and dozens of short stories. His novel, Tucker’s Reckoning, won the Western Writers of America’s Spur Award for Best Western Novel, and his short stories have been Spur Award and Peacemaker Award finalists. His many novels include Winters’ War; Wrong Town; Hot Lead, Cold Heart; The Outfit: To Hell and Back; North of Forsaken; The Hunted; Shotgun Charlie, and others. Matthew’s numerous nonfiction books include the bestselling Cowboys, Mountain Men & Grizzly Bears; Haunted Old West; Jerks in New England History; and Hornswogglers, Fourflushers & Snake-Oil Salesmen. He has been an on-screen expert for a popular BBC-TV series about lost treasure in the American West, and has had three books optioned for film. Matthew and his wife, photographer Jennifer Smith-Mayo, rove the byways of North America in search of hot coffee, tasty whiskey, and high adventure.