Steve Dancy tales. Honest westerns. Filled with dishonest characters.
When New York City shopkeeper Steve Dancy moved west to experience the frontier, he wound up embroiled in a deadly feud...a feud that he was forced to settle with guns. Now, all he wants to do is follow up on a few business interests, write about his adventures, and continue his exploration of the West.
But in the autumn of 1879, Joseph McAllen asks Dancy for help. Ute renegades have abducted a young girl near Mesa Verde, Colorado, and the Pinkerton captain wants him to join the rescue party. Surprisingly, the trail doesn't lead into the San Juan Mountains, but to Leadville-a rich mining town teeming with the worst elements of a raw frontier. Bitter feuds, vendettas, and greed turn the affair into a bloody conflict that spans the state.
Dancy has proved that he can handle himself in rough mining towns. But can this shopkeeper survive a dangerous mountain wilderness?
A novel of fast-paced adventure, there's gun play enough to satisfy the biggest fans of the shoot-'em-up style. But it's also a story of friendship and loyalty. Once again, Best has penned a fine read. C. K. Crigger --Western Writers of America Roundup Magazine
In his story, the good guys have a conscience, but sometimes have to do hard things. There is no fluff in this story, just straight-through action and good dialog. Best has mastered the ability to tell a story end to end without jumping around. His first-person writing style never feels contrived and he never resorts to Deus ex machina to resolve an improperly formed plot twist – there aren't any. Leadville is pure entertainment with great character development. Louis Lamour fans will definitely approve! --Martin Sielaff, What Would The Founders Think?From the Inside Flap
Honest Westerns ... filled with dishonest characters.
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