By 1884, a new type of fencing called barbed wire—or, as ranchers deemed it, devil wire—is making more enemies than good neighbors in the American West. Jim Hartford, a failed farmer from Tennessee, is looking for a new beginning in Miles City, Montana. What he finds is a territorial disagreement that erupts in bloodshed. A local cattle baron has hired a renegade group of fence-cutters who turn out to be a band of grudge-holding murderers…and now it’s up to Jim to put his life on the line not only to avenge the death of his brother, but to save the woman he loves from the deadly barbs of hatred and greed.
Jed Keller has come to Cade, Texas to repay a debt to his sister, killed in a fire at her ranch. But from day one, Jed has been faced with mystery…and engaged in battle between vigilantes and a gang of cattle thieves. Jed had hoped, somewhere in the midst of all the violence, to build a new life. Now, to do it, he must unravel the legend of Old Boys, hunt down a stone-cold killer, and destroy the one man who know what really happened to Jed’s sister in the blood-soaked hill country by the rolling Brazos River...
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“Judd is a keen observer of the human heart as well as a fine action writer.”—Publishers Weekly
Cameron Judd is the author of more than 30 published historical and Western novels, and is an award-winning newspaperman. Two of his novels, Crockett of Tennessee and The Canebrake Men, were national finalists in the annual Spur Awards competition of Western Writers of America. He lives near Greeneville, Tennessee, with his wife.