“[Fisher] is a consummate storyteller, but his finely chiseled prose also sings with a lyricism that is as haunting as it is rare. His stories not only ring true, but also pull the reader feet-first into worlds that have vanished.” —Santa Fe Reporter, praise for the author
For twenty-four winters, the blond child had been held captive by the Indians. Now rangy, raw-boned Ben Allison set out to heat up a stone-cold trail and bring Amy Johnston home.
He was armed with only an old mountain man’s map, a cheap gold locket, an ornery pack mule, and his army Colt. It was an impossible mission leading straight into hostile Indian country. Ben was keenly aware that the search for Amy could very well be his own death hunt.
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.
John Lescault, a native of Massachusetts, is a graduate of the Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, DC, where he works in theater.