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By Ken Farmer, Buck Stienke

Winner - Laramie Award -  Classic Western - 2014
Finalist for the Elmer Kelton Awards.
 For enthusiasts of Zane gray, Louis L'Amour, and Elmer Kelton, there is a new marshal in town.

THE countries often referred to as "Robber's Roost" and "No-Man's Land", used to be looked within the latter a part of the nineteenth century because the bloodiest and most threatening position on this planet. it's the yr 1885. A infamous band of outlaws, referred to as the "Larson Gang", has been terrorizing Arkansas, Missouri and the international locations for years. pass judgement on Issac Parker, the placing pass judgement on, orders an all-out concerted attempt to trap the group and produce them to justice. "If they won't recognize the legislation; then, by means of God, we'll lead them to worry it." Marshal Bass Reeves, the 1st black U.S. Deputy Marshal west of the Mississippi, together with his associate Jack McGann, different deputies and Indian Lighthorse are tasked to take the youngest member of the crowd, Ben Larson, at the treacherous trip to fortress Smith with their prisoner shackled to the mattress of the Tumbleweed Wagon. "It isn't the severity of the punishment that's the deterrent... however the simple task of it." - pass judgement on Issac C. Parker. The countries blends old and fictional characters to create a fast moving motion western.

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