When Luke Starbuck takes on a wealthy banker as a client, the only thing more compelling than the paycheck is his prey. The James-Younger gang has confounded countless detectives, including the men of the Pinkerton Agency. Now it’s Starbuck’s chance to bring down the most notorious group of outlaws the West has ever seen—led by none other than cold-blooded killer Jesse James. From Kansas City straight through the Indian Territory, Starbuck’s mission is about to becomes a down-and-dirty vendetta that will leave one man standing…and the other six feet under.
Five thousand dollars. That was what a slick Denver lawyer offers to pay the legendary manhunter Luke Starbuck. The job: to find a way into Wyoming’s infamous Hole-in-the-Wall outlaw stronghold—and shoot a bad man dead. And no sooner does Starbuck enter the foothills of the Big Horns does he realize that he is the one who’s being hunted. Now, Starbuck must make his way among lawmen, gunmen, and free spirits riding on both sides of the law to figure out who wants him dead…all the way to the Badlands town called Deadwood, where secrets are sealed in blood.
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MATT BRAUN is 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 has 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 is 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.