Mickey Spillane's larger-than-life lawman Caleb York is back-in the latest tough-as-nails Western novel from New York Times bestselling author Max Allan Collins. This time Caleb may be outnumbered . . . but not outgunned.
The Santa Fe Railroad wants to build a spur through Trinidad, New Mexico, linking the town to the cattle trade. Only one man stands against it-rancher George Cullen. At the request of the town council, Sheriff Caleb York rides out to the Bar-O to reason with his old friend. Even Cullen's daughter Willa, Caleb's former flame, is for the railroad. But the stubborn blind rancher won't budge.
Cullen's former partner, Burt O'Malley, has recently returned from a twenty-year stint in the pen for manslaughter. And hired gun Alver Hollis, the much-feared Preacherman, has also shown up with two cronies, claiming they're in town for the biggest poker game in the territory.
With murder in the wind, the whole town's in danger. Who will be the next target? To bring a killer to justice, and protect the woman he loves, Caleb York must strap down his Colt .44, enter the big game, and bet his life on the turn of a card... and the speed of his draw.
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Mickey Spillane is the legendary crime writer credited with igniting the explosion of paperback publishing after World War II through the unprecedented success of his Mike Hammer novels. Spillane's novels sold tens of millions of copies. I, The Jury went through more than 60 paperback printings in 1947 alone. In 1995, he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. Before his death at the age of 88 in 2006, Spillane chose long-time friend Max Allan Collins to complete his unfinished works and act as his literary executor.
Max Allan Collins, Shamus Award winner and 2017 Mystery Writers of America Grand Master Edgar Award winner, is the New York Times bestselling author of fiction, nonfiction and graphic novels, including Road to Perdition, which was adapted into the Oscar-winning film starring Paul Newman and Tom Hanks. He is the author of a number of popular mysteries, including Quarry, which was adapted into a Cinemax original crime drama series. He and his wife also co-author the acclaimed Trash 'n' Treasures cozy mystery series under the name Barbara Allan. In addition to writing, Collins is a filmmaker and created the documentary Mike Hammer's Mickey Spillane. He lives in Iowa and can be found online at www.MaxAllanCollins.com.
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