Blood storm : a John Henry Cole story

by Brooks, Bill, 1943-

Format: Print Book 2012
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
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Penn Hills Library Western BRO WEST
Location  Penn Hills Library
Collection  Western
Call Number  BRO WEST
Business lately has been deadly for Ike Kelly. Recent unexpected gunplay has left his agency to a single operative. John Henrty Cole is that operative. Kelly has received a letter from former lover Lydia Winslow, who operates an escort service in the new mining camp of Deadwood in Dakota Territory. "Three young women have been murdered since they arrived in camp."It is obviously a dangerous assignment, and Cole is advised that he must take every precaution--as if he needed such advice. Deadwood was the scene of the recent murder of the legendary Wild Bill Hickok, and Calamity Jane Canary and Doc Holliday will be among the people Cole will have to regard as potential suspects. Constable Johnny Logan, a fractious, corrupt lawman, and King Fisher, a bounty hunter and old enemy of Cole's, will be among those who will not welcome his arrival in Deadwood.Cole is a lonely man in a lonely profession, and finding a murderer in the wild mining camp could be less of a challenge than simply staying alive.
Published Reviews
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Brooks adds another action-packed saddle yarn to his more than 20 westerns and historicals. Set in 1876 in Deadwood, Dakota Territory, and infused with Old West staples (bad whiskey, back shooters, and low morals), this oater follows flinty-eyed John Henry Cole, a hardcase frontier detective with the Ike Kelly Agency whose conscience and firearms hamper his attempts to solve the murders of three young prostitutes in the employ of Ike Kelly's former sweetheart, now a high-class bordello owner, who wanted Ike for the job but got John Henry instead. John Henry is a tenacious, smart, acerbic, sneaky, and ruthless man who discovers in nascent Deadwood an insidious conspiracy of corruption, extortion, and murder. Knowing that the local law won't help him, he finds an unexpected ally in a mysterious fed who gleefully makes up the law as he goes along. Loaded with hot lead and gun smoke, this western also has humor, suspense, twists, and a puzzling mystery for John Henry to pursue as he's shot up by robbers, bounty hunters, a vengeful Mexican family, and a cold-blooded killer. Well-crafted side plots add depth to the story and to the protagonist, particularly as he steadies a consumptive and deadly Doc Holliday and shares a cell with a drunken, foul-mouthed Calamity Jane. (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Series The John Henry Cole series
#1 - Blood storm
Subjects Private investigators -- Fiction.
Young women -- Crimes against -- Fiction.
Mining camps -- Fiction.
Deadwood (S.D.) -- Fiction.
Western stories.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher Waterville, Maine :Five Star,2012
Edition First edition.
Language English
Notes "A Five Star Western."
Description 343 pages ; 23 cm
ISBN 9781594149115 (hardcover)
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