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Dog Ear Publishing
$18.95, paperback / $9.99, e-book
ISBN: 978-1-4575-3602-1
February, 2015
Fiction: Historical
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Meanwhile, Helen hitched Saladin next to Bishop, black like her horse, but a hand higher. She wondered who had come to this largely abandoned spot. She stealthily approached the entry and watched as the middle-aged man spoke to the grave that had attracted her curiosity over the years. She had made it her mission to learn the past of all those buried here, but had learned little about Ileana Cortes.

But Father Julio had taken his secrets to his grave this past January. As Helen watched the tall figure lovingly kiss Ileana's cross, she knew he could answer her many questions.

One Rancher. One Lawyer. One Outlaw.

Who's the most dangerous of the three?

Union Army veteran Jack Grier returns to Carmel Valley seeking redemption. His brother, former slave owner, Richard Grier, schemes to punish his former slave mistress for her defiance before he goes to Sacramento, where he is determined to regain the power and wealth he lost in the Civil War.

Both brothers see each other as the cause of all of life's problems until Joe Crawford leads his gang of murderers and thieves in a daring kidnapping that finds Richard's daughter in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Light a match. Sit back and watch the fireworks.

J. Edward ("Jim") Gray served as a federal tax trial attorney for over thirty years. That background serves as fodder for this novel's lawyers, principally attorney Richard Grier. Mr. Gray also has hiked extensively in Yosemite National Park and neighboring wilderness, which serve as the Crawford Gang's territory in the dramatic kidnapping segment of this story.

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