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by Dusty Richards

First in a new Western series featuring a rancher with a score to settle. Horse Creek, Montana, is under siege by a ruthless cattle baron with both sides of the law in his pocket. But when Herschel Baker's friend is murdered in cold blood-and the sheriff refuses to investigate-Baker must make a stand.
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ISBN: 1602850399
ISBN13: 978-1602850392
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Dusty Richards
Language: English
Publisher: Center Point Pub (October 1, 2007)
ePUB size: 1579 kb
FB2 size: 1101 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 636
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Another really good book by Dusty Richards. I love his attention to detail & his characters are likeable & yet ordinary. No super heros here. If you love a good western, you must read this one. As for the seller. Very pleased with the speedy service AND the condition of this used book. Will use this seller again.
Loved this truly authentic western adventure. The story drew me right in. The action just kept on coming. I can't wait to read more in this series. This can be read as a standalone book. I listened to the audible version and loved it. The narrator did an excellent job.
This book, by Dusty Richards, rides across the page at its own pace. There are no contrivances or flights of fancy in this western novel. Rather, this book is sturdy and rock solid, gaining momentum with each passing page. Guided by a western writer who knows his subject matter well, the story unfolds with the steady progression of its main character, who after having a good friend gunned down, wants the crime solved and the murderers brought to justice.

Herschel Baker lives on Horse Creek with neighbors who are eking out a living on small cattle ranches. Herschel attends the funeral of his best friend, Jack Diehl, another small rancher, and vows that nothing will stop him from seeking justice and solving his friend's murder. Going to the sheriff he asks that the killing be investigated. The sheriff, representing the interest of the big ranchers, threatens Herschel to mind his own business with, "You and that bunch of rustlers down there on Horse Creek can go to h... for all I care."

Herschel already knew what the response would be; the law was on the side of the large ranchers. But his sense of right and wrong demanded that he take the conventional approach. After the lawman threatened him, Herschel Baker decides to run for sheriff. Against countless odds, even though his life will most certainly be in danger, he plans his campaign against the larger ranchers who control the law in Yellowstone County.

Herschel Baker is well-liked and respected by the local citizens who are struggling to survive. A good woman and handsome widow, Marsha Allen, and her three children are Herschel's main source of solace. It is to her small ranch and home he goes for care when he is nearly killed.

Dusty Richards inexorably moves the story along. Step-by-step, it is revealed to the reader which person represents the big cattle ranchers and how that individual runs Yellowstone County. We see him use the sheriff, Sam Talbot; a wanted criminal, Buck Palmer; sheriff deputies; hired gunmen; and killers to wield hidden power against the common citizens. As the struggling populace becomes angered at the crooked dealings of the rich, they organize and support Herschel for sheriff.

Intertwined in this intricate tale is the weather. Constant cold, freezing temperatures, blizzards, and snowstorms become crucial elements in this novel. Both the rich and poor must deal with the effects the cold temperatures have on their animals. Those ranchers, large or small, with sufficient hay, may pull their stock through by spring, and those who don't, will be wiped out.

Dusty Richards tells this tale with a competent steady hand. How his main character, Herschel Baker, accomplishes the task of solving his friend's murder, obtaining justice, and beating the crooked elements of Yellowstone County, Montana, make this story a stunning winner for any reader of the Western.

Reviewed by Charlie Steel, Author of Desert Heat, Desert Cold, and Other Tales of the West
Just finished The Horse Creek Incident by Dusty Richards. I believe this man can not only talk the talk, but I believe he can (and has) walked the walk! I believe this writer has blown on his hands to keep warm while putting out hay. I believe he has scraped green manure from under the heel of an honest-to-goodness working boot. I believe he is the real McCoy.

If you like a good western, I don't believe you could go far wrong here.
This book was awarded the 2007 Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Original Paperback Western. Richards also won the 2007 award for best Western Short Fiction for Comanche Moon (Amazon shorts). An incredible feat, 2 spur awards in the same year! I don't think it's been done before.
Book was received in the condition as reported.
Excellent , great writing , continue the series!! Dusty Richards does a great job he needs to add more books to his series!!
Dusty is an excellent writer and now the world will know. His peers have awarded this book the highest honor in Western writing. Settle down, partner, to an awesome adventure.