After being bushwhacked and nearly killed by two paid shooters, each with a $20 gold piece, the mysterious rider known only as Mr. Smith learns that a fancy Dude from the East, Owner of the Silver Spur Saloon in the town of Apache Trail, has put a price on his head. Not knowing why, and wanting to find out, Mr. Smith sets out for Apache Trail to find the Eastern Dandy, and squeeze him for answers.
But Apache Trail - that once dusty hole of a town in the middle of nowhere - has its own secrets. Now that the Railroad is nearby, and mining and lumber have made the town boom again, there are forces in motion that involve millions of acres of land, including Indian lands, and the Legendary Devil's Canyon which supposedly leads through Spirit Mountain to the long-lost Apache gold.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Money Syndicate is mounting its own forces to take over the railroad, and the town, and the land, the mining, the lumber - and Spirit Mountain. These are two growing forces heading for each other. And Mr. Smith is smack in the middle of it.
But why is Mr. Smith so important? Why would someone want him dead?
4.0 out of 5 starsIf you yearn for a gunslinging western, then this is the book for you.ByJ. Phillipson November 3, 2014Format: Kindle EditionThis book was given to me with the understanding I'd review it. I enjoy a good western with a bit of mystery thrown in. I've lived for 20 years in the area of the Sonoran Desert where this story is laid and that added it's own pleasure for me. This is basically well written, though I can't say I appreciate having it all tied up with a pink boy at the very last by leaping ahead over 100 years. Anyone at all familiar with the tales of lost gold mines in the hills east of Phoenix, AZ should enjoy this fanciful story. It is a fast read that really keeps your attention.