West of Dodge
Lance Killkenny was a wanted man. A weary gunfighter in need of a few days rest for himself and his overworked horse, he happened upon the little town of Stillwell and reckoned he'd pass a few unevenetful days there.
He hadn't counted on any trouble, and when he found himself faced with the threat of Tom Stroud, the marshal hired by the townspeople to keep Stillwell "clean," Lance got more than he bargained for. In no time at all Lance's status changed from outlaw to deputy marshal, and he learned a valuable lesson – that it's a lot easier to be sworn in as a deputy marshal than to act like one.
It had been many years since Lona Markham's father sent her from the rigors of ranch life to a convent school. Now she's returned to a wary, careworn man who hardly seems like the father she remembers. The ranch she's set to inherit someday is shadowed by brutish Frank Mailer, the man Lona's promised to marry--and haunted by the mysterious Black Rider, who watches the Blue Hill Ranch from a distance. Some say the Rider is a ghost, but all Lona knows is his presence makes both Poke Markham and Frank Mailer uneasy.
Then one day the enigmatic stranger reveals himself to Lona. Lance Kilkenny has ridden to this rugged country to repay an old debt to Lona's father. When he exposes a cold and daring scheme to cheat her of the Blue Hill Ranch, Lona Markham is plunged into terrible danger. But Kilkenny has a cool head and a fast gun hand...show more