On the Wrong Track

A Holmes on the Range Mystery

Holmes on the Range Mysteries (Volume 2 of 5)

Steve Hockensmith

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It might be 1893 and the modern world may in full-swing, but cowboy Gustav "Old Red" Amlingmeyer is an old-fashioned kind of guy: he prefers a long trail ride even when a train could get him where he’s going in one-tenth the time. His brother Otto (“Big Red”), on the other hand, wouldn't mind climbing down from his horse and onto a train once in a while if it'll give his saddle-sore rear end a rest. So when it's Old Red who insists they sign on to protect the luxurious Pacific Express, despite a generations-old Amlingmeyer family distrust of the farm-stealin', cattle-killin', money-grubbin' railroads, Big Red is flummoxed. But Old Red, tired of the cowpoke life, wants to take a stab at professional ‘detectifying’ just like his hero, Sherlock Holmes and guard jobs for the railroad are the only ones on offer.        
       So it is that Big Red and Old Red find themselves trapped on a thousand tons of steam-driven steel, summiting the Sierras en route to San Francisco with a crafty gang of outlaws somewhere around the next bend, a baggage car jam-packed with deadly secrets, and a vicious killer hidden somewhere amongst the colorful passengers.
      On the Wrong Track, Old Red and Big Red’s much anticipated return, is filled with all of the wit, flavor, humor, and suspense that made Hockensmith’s debut, Holmes on the Range, so beloved by critics and fans alike.

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On the Wrong Track
OneSADDLE BUMSOr, Two Cowboys Cross Three States and Find No Jobs 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Having spent the last year studying detective yarns, I know how one's supposed to start. Somebody walks into the hero's office (or sitting room, if the hero happens to be Mr. Sherlock Holmes) and spills out a tear squeezer. There's a little gore in it, maybe, as well as a few details that make about as much sense as trying to saddle smoke. A girl finds her father dead in his bed, for instance, and he's got a big grin on his face,

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Steve Hockensmith

Steve Hockensmith is an entertainment journalist who writes for The Hollywood Reporter, The Chicago Tribune, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Newsday, Total Movie, and was the editor in chief of Cinescape Magazine. He also writes a monthly column for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine called Reel Crime, and his stories appear a few times a year in Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine. He is the author of the critically acclaimed Holmes on the Range, On the Wrong Track and The Black Dove featuring Old and Big Red.

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On the Wrong Track
A Holmes on the Range Mystery
Steve Hockensmith

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
March 2007
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ISBN: 9781429917087
ISBN10: 1429917083
304 pages
$7.99

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St. Martin's Press
Minotaur Books
January 2008
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ISBN: 9780312372880
ISBN10: 0312372884
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 304 pages
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