After Smoke is injured in a shootout with some cow thieves, his wife, Sally, puts out a call for help to the entire Jensen clan, a force to be reckoned with and ready to face down the deadliest of outlaws
While back on the trail, Breck Wallace, exiled from the Smoky Mountains for gunning down a man in self-defense, must evade a vicious gang of trappers who are after his goods and who force him to ride deeper into the mountains than he has ever gone
Sixkiller has come to Ringgold, Wyoming, on the trail of Bart Skillern, a vicious murderer he’s been carefully stalking for weeks. But before Sixkiller can strike, Skillern takes a job with the town’s duly elected mayor, a politician so corrupt that the only way to get near him is by being even more corrupt. So Sixkiller takes a job as a hired gun, and sets out to destroy the mayor’s gang from inside out. Sixkiller’s carefully masked plan is just about to work when he discovers that, except for one beautiful, crusading newspaper woman, there’s not a decent soul in Ringgold to take over from the power-crazed mayor. Now Sixkiller can’t leave Ringgold behind until he tears it apart—pitting one bad man against the other and praying that the Lord and a Colt will somehow sort them out
"A contemporary Western debut about two brothers locked in a deadly feud, a woman on horseback trailing her husband's killer, and the inescapable ties of home and family. When Silas Van Loy flees home on horseback to avoid capture for his brother's murder, he is soon followed by both the police and his brother's wife, Lena, who is intent on exacting revenge. She reluctantly lets her trusted stable assistant join her in a journey across the wilds of Northern California in the hopes of catching Silas for one final showdown. Stansel follows the chase and shares the story of the brothers' rise from hardscrabble childhood to their reign as the region's preeminent horse trainers, tracking the tense sibling rivalry that ultimately leads to the elder's death. A fully realized tale that challenges notions of the modern West, The Last Cowboys of San Geronimo will satisfy fans of Kent Haruf, Larry McMurtry, Molly Gloss, and Smith Henderson, and establish Stansel as a new voice in this grand tradition."
When the Jensens decide to get together in Tucson for Christmas, their opportunity for holiday cheer is put in jeopardy when a blinding sandstorm, an Apache ambush and a gang of outlaws put members of their clan in danger
Simon feels he has succumbed to the temptations of an immoral life. Advised by both his mentors, Tay Prescott and Walks Fast he had decided to go into the mountains of Idaho to see if he can regain some sense of worth. He accidentally killed a bartender in Wyoming and then denigrated his life-long friend by suggesting that he himself had slipped to the low station of his friend. His friend left without a word, their friendship seemingly broken. To complete his disaffection with his life, his letter to a lost love elicits what he sees as another final rejection and he fails to see the double meaning in the letter. He immediately starts to learn about life as a matter of give and take. His trip to Slate Creek introduces him to several examples of plain ordinary people. But Simon, always naive and trusting, opens himself to trouble when he teams up with Justin Reed, a self-serving muleskinner who offers to help. The offers made with ulterior motives that Simon discovers later