AWARD WINNER: 2016 BEST BOOK AWARDS FICTION: WESTERN
The forests, mountainsides, and grasslands around the Ruby Valley of Nevada are tinder dry and languishing in the cooking heat of a landscape awaiting release from the mounting temperatures and desiccating sun. With just one spark the entire world could go up in flame. With countless generations upon this land and proudly defending their Indigenous heritage, Wanda Mapp and her family find their world and their lives to be at the center of the slow-building firestorm that threatens to release or consume them all. Nick Delgado is on his first tour on a Bureau of Land Management fire crew in the area. Delgado finds himself in the midst of longstanding tensions over the land and resources of the area. The Burning Hour is a novel of the physical and spiritual place that is the Cortez Mountains of Nevada. Moreover, it is a novel about the manner in which the physical world acts to bring many different lives together and shape the people they become and the world they may inherit.
Strong Suspicions, the second Western by award-winning author GP Hutchinson, is a masterfully crafted barn burner of a story, certain to draw you in and leave you thirsting for more.
After pursuing a cold-blooded murderer all the way to Nevada, Texas Ranger Emmett Strong is returning home to San Antonio--but not alone. He's found a girl he longs to marry. Finding someone to tie the knot for them is proving to be a challenge, however, owing to the fact that she's the daughter of Chinese immigrants.
Along the way, there's a ruckus in El Paso's Wild Hog Saloon, and by noon the next day, folks are convinced it was Emmett and his compadres who robbed the saloon owner and beat him unconscious. They want Emmett on the end of a rope.
Meanwhile, a bested enemy, set on revenge, hires the notorious fast gun "Three-Finger" Ned Cage to dispatch Strong, his amigos, and even his girl.
When the only way out of trouble is to head smack-dab back into the middle of it--beautiful young woman in tow--a cool-headed pistolero like Emmett Strong becomes a force to be reckoned with. But will the vicious array of enemies prove to be too much this time, even for Strong?
Travers Gage, a doctor from Virginia who fought for the North, heads west after the War between the States. Haunted by secrets and a price on his head, he builds a new life hoping to leave the past behind him. But can he solve the mystery of the town's missing men as he faces a new danger of his past coming back to haunt him?
Gold City, Kansas
The War of Rebellion is over. The great expansion to the West has begun. It is a frontier, not of just land, but of heart and spirit. Only the strongest survive. This is the saga of a town of individuals who refused to give up, their struggles chronicled, their joy and despair a written word.
There is the doctor, new to the town, a man with a secret and a price on his head. There is the sheriff, a man who knows his best days are behind him. There is the blacksmith, a freed slave, who along with his wife, seek validation in a white world. There is the madam whose heart is as big as the west. There is the wife whose husband may be the devil himself. There is the friend who chooses to be only that. There is the tomboy who captures the soul of a warrior. A town, new and on the verge of legend. The place - Gold City.