DELAMAR, NEVADA, 1907
THE SPANISH-AMERICAN WAR IS OVER BUT A NEW CONFLICT IS RAGING
across the western United States. Wealthy mine owners and their political allies in Cripple
Creek, Colorado, and Butte, Montana, have paid for state and private armies to brutally
suppress striking miners, so when a series of extraordinary gold and silver discoveries pull
Nevada out of a punishing, 25-year depression, the Silver State's isolated mining camps are
flooded with rootless, violent men determined to grab their share.
Half-mad and ill-equipped to confront his own troubled past, army veteran Shepard
Sunday drifts into Delamar and takes work as a detective for the Eastern Nevada Mine Owners'
Association. When Jack Lipford, the Association's corrupt president, pits this organization
against the local miners' union, workers begin to disappear. An old adversary's untimely arrival
draws Sunday further into this conflict with horrific force. Enraged at Lipford's depravity
and repulsed by his own role as Prince Jack's chief enforcer, Sunday is set on a collision
course with his powerful boss.
Betrayed by friends and hunted by his former associates, Sunday faces an impossible
choice: cooperate with old enemies in the fanatical Western Federation of Miners or face
Lipford's forces alone. But with the union riddled with spies and riven with conflicts of its
own, their help might just earn him a short ride to a shallow grave.
From the deserts of Nevada to the jungles of the southern Philippines, Widowmaker is
a hard-bitten portrayal of a restless nation on the brink of class warfare-and of a man at
war with himself. Thoroughly researched, rich with historical and fictional characters, and
suspenseful from start to finish, Widowmaker lands its punches.