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Westward of the Law

Westward of the Law

Matt Braun

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In the Texas Panhandle, Newt Bascom and Sam Jordan are stock detectives who have the brains to outwit most rustlers—and the brawn to outfight the rest. Now, Bascom and Jordan are being dispatched on a once-in-a-lifetime job. Someone has made off with a prized, imported English bull named Homer. The detectives have to bring Homer home...

From Palo Duro Canyon through the Staked Plains, Bascom and Jordan pick up the trail of the missing bull—and the shadowy rustler who took him. And when Dodge City, run by an ornery Marshall named Earp, turns up empty, the detectives head into a wild land. Bluffing, bludgeoning and bragging their way into a smart, secretive and deadly criminal gang, Bascom and Jordan find their bull all right. But stealing back a critter who has love and leisure on his mind proves to be the easy part of the job. The hard part is getting back to Texas—with Homer and their lives...

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Chapter One

"Queens bet a dollar."

Tom Pryor studied the other man's hand. On the table was a queen-eight-queen-deuce. He figured it for two pair, probably queens and deuces. All afternoon he'd had miserable luck, pulling decent...

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Praise for Westward of the Law

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

“Matt Braun is head and shoulders above all the rest who would attempt to bring the gunmen of the old west to life.” —Terry C. Johnston, author of The Plainsmen series

“Braun tackles the big men, the complex personalities of those brave few who were pivotal figures in the settling of an untamed frontier.” —Jory Sherman, author of Grass Kingdom

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

“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

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

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About the author

Matt Braun

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 more than four dozen 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 novel THE KINCAIDS and the 2004 Wister Award for Lifetime Achievement in Western Literature.

Matt Braun

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