Black Valley Riders (Ralph Cotton Western Series)
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Seems like every time Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack turns over a rock, a Black Valley Rider jumps out. So when two bounty hunters arrive in Minton Hill trailing the same outlaws, Sam agrees to ride with them. Trouble is, only a drunken gambler called Tinnis Lucas knows where the gang is holed up-a dead man's land called Black Valley.
of chew and handed the pouch back to Thorn. The two bounty hunters looked at each other. “No gun work is more fair than that,” Thorn said dismissingly. He took the pouch and put it away. “What do you think of Sheriff Braden?” “He’s always been a good man,” the ranger said. “Not the best, but good.” “Is he a part of this bunch we’re after?” asked Thorn. “I doubt it,” said Sam. “But you won’t say he’s not,” Sandoval cut in. “I said ‘I doubt it,’ ” Sam repeated. “He talked like a man willing
darkness ahead. With his horse pistol hanging in his hand, he leaned against the wall and waited until he saw Sandoval’s face in the flickering glow of torchlight. Taking the reins to his horse from the younger man, Thorn let Sandoval take the lead and fell in behind him, followed by the ranger, who kept Lucas walking in front of him inside the glow of the two torches. “I really think it would be wise of you to give me my Thunderer now, Ranger,” Lucas said over his shoulder into the darkness.
felt the breeze lick at his shirt, his coat and his tender swollen scalp. “I’m prepared to prove myself,” he said to Brayton Shear. “What’s my test?” Shear nodded. “First things first. You’re going to prove to me that you know how to lay that bottle down and leave it alone while we’re working. Can you do that?” The gambler swallowed a knot in his throat and forced something inside himself to accept the challenge. “Consider it done, sir,” he said. A silence set in, until Ted Lasko held up his
too late to stop him . . . I’m afraid.” “There’s no way Shear didn’t hear the shots,” Thorn said. He looked at Sam with disappointment. “Good! Good!” said Lilly. “I hope he did, you dirty sonsabitches!” she shouted at the three. She spun toward Tinnis. “And to think I used to consider you a friend.” Sam helped Freddie to his feet. “Both of you get back inside.” Freddie managed to cackle with glee even as he rubbed the welt on his head. “Did I do good, Lilly, ol’ gal?” “Damned good,” Lilly
anybody, maybe railroad gunmen. But whoever it is, they’re not getting away from there with our gold.” “What if it’s the law?” Duckwald asked. “They’ll want us more than they’ll want the gold.” Shear didn’t answer. Instead he half turned with Emma on his lap and looked at the Clark brothers as they came to a halt up closer. “It’s time to prove yourselves, Patton . . . Noland,” he said. “Get this done and you’ll be wearing a moon and star of your own.” “Let me guess,” Patton said, unconcerned.