“The most critically acclaimed Western writer of this or any other time!” —Loren D. Estleman, five-time recipient of the Spur Award, praise for the author
All Ben Allison wants in El Paso is to buy a horse. But after the sale falls through, he runs into an old acquaintance and agrees to escort her son home to his father. But Ben is late and misses the stagecoach, and when it’s attacked by Apaches, the boy is kidnapped because Ben wasn’t there to protect him. Will he be able to fix the mess he never intended to be a part of in the first place?
Henry Wilson Allen (1912–1991), also known as Will Henry and Clay Fisher, was a prolific author of Western fiction. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, he worked as a stable hand and gold miner before becoming a full-time writer. He wrote more than fifty novels, including eight that were made into feature films. He is a five-time recipient of the Golden Spur Award and a recipient of the Levi Strauss Award for lifetime achievement.