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
"President Chester Arthur calls semi-retired Murphy back to duty when, with a pending meeting of world leaders in New York City, prostitutes are being murdered and dismembered in the streets. Arthur's special assistant William Burke travels to New York with Murphy where Murphy is given authorization to take command of the investigation. So important is the meeting with world leaders to Arthur that he calls upon the services of the Pinkerton Detective Agency to assist Murphy. Murphy finds himself saddled with a diminutive Pinkerton's Detective named Melvin Knoop. From Scotland, he's rarely left the Pinkerton's office in Chicago, but he has a keen sense for forensics work and not much else. Weeks of investigation lead to a break in the case and although Murphy and Knoop come close, the killer escapes New York. The killer surfaces again in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Murphy and Knoop begin the chase once again. From Fort Smith, Murphy and Knoop track the killer clear across the west until there is a final confrontation and the darkest of secrets is revealed."
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