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The Wages of Sin

The Wages of Sin

An Ash Tallman Western

The Ash Tallman Series (Volume 3)

Matt Braun

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With outlaws wrecking havoc left and right, a cow town in Texas is on the brink of becoming a ghost town. That's when it's time to call in Chicago-based Pinkerton agent Ash Tallman and his partner Vivian Valentine. Going undercover as a handsome, charming drifter, Ash is always ready with his gun and popular with the ladies. And the lovely, vivacious Viv plays the role of a fervent evangelist, offering salvation-with the promise of a sweeter reward-to any sinner who can give her clues to the whereabouts of the man so bent on revenge he gladly kills anyone who crosses his path.

But this outlaw has never before encountered the likes of Ash Tallman...


"I'm gonna cut your hands off, mister. And you're going to watch the whole thing."

"He'll do it too!" someone in the crowd whispered.

But before the whispering onlooker had said three of his four words, Tallman kicked at Morton's hand...


Praise for The Wages of Sin

“Matt Braun is a master storyteller of frontier fiction.” —Elmer Kelton

“Matt Braun has a genius for taking real characters out of the Old West and giving them flesh-and-blood immediacy.” —Dee Brown, author of Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

“Matt Braun is one of the best!” —Don Coldsmith, author of The Spanish Bit series

“He tells it straight-and he tells it well.” —Jory Sherman, author of Grass Kingdom

“Braun blends historical fact and ingenious fiction...A top-drawer Western novelist!” —Robert L. Gale, Western Biographer

About the author

Matt Braun

MATT BRAUN was a fourth generation Westerner, steeped in the tradition and lore of the frontier era. His books reflect a heritage rich with the truths of that bygone time. Raised among the Cherokee and Osage tribes, Braun learned their traditions and culture, and their philosophy became the foundation of his own beliefs. Like his ancestors, he spent most of his life wandering the mountains and plains of the West. His heritage and his contribution to Western literature resulted in his appointment by the Governor of Oklahoma as a Territorial Marshal.

Braun was the author of forty-seven novels and four nonfiction works, including Black Fox, which was made into a CBS miniseries. Western Writers of America awarded Braun the prestigious Spur Award for his novels Dakota and The Kincaids and the 2004 Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement in Western Literature. Braun passed away in 2016.

Matt Braun

Matt Braun

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