By Greg Mitchell
A Black Horse Western from Hale, July 2011
Jim and Barney are hot on the trail of a thief when they arrive at White Rock but they soon find themselves drawn into the mysterious community, which is claimed by white gold-seekers and restless tribes alike.
Then, a dying renegade tells them the story of Crooked Foot’s gold and the pair find themselves being hunted down without knowing why. Now they must venture into dangerous territory seeking answers … and who knows what perils await them?
This book starts in the thick of the action, an Indian attack on a surveying party which results in there only being one survivor. The man Jim and Barney are hunting could be one of the dead. Although their quest may now be over leaving White Rock could be difficult as the Sioux are killing everyone who attempts to do so. Yet something doesn’t seem quite right, and it’s these puzzles that grab the readers’ attention and won’t let go until these mysteries are solved.
The book is filled with great characters, Jim and Barney themselves, ex-army scout Zeke, Angela Brophy - whose paintings may well provide some of the answers to the mysteries – and, not forgetting, her dog, Cassius. There’s plenty of gun action that is well described, often providing tense reading. Everything comes together well, leading to a neat ending, that, even though we don’t read about it, we know for one man justice will finally catch up with him.
This is the third book I’ve read by Greg Mitchell – this is a pseudonym used by Paddy Gallagher – and once more it’s left me eager to read more of his work.
Crooked Foot’s Gold is officially released on July 29th but is available now from the usual Internet booksellers.