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The Devil by the Tail

(Book 17 in the Lou Prophet series)
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Lou Prophet is bushwhacked on his way into the little west Texas town of Carson's Wash. Unfortunately, Prophet snuffs the chicken-livered drygulcher's wick before he can find out who the man was and why he wanted to kick Lou out with a cold shovel.

Turns out the dead man wasn't the only fork-tailed demon who wants Prophet six-feet under in Carson's Wash. Plenty more compete for the job!

The bounty hunter has been summoned by his friend, Town Marshal Jonas Ford, to hunt down a bad hombre named Charlie Butters, whom Prophet rode down once before. Butter was sent to prison only to be freed by an appellate judge. Well, Butters is up to his devilish ways once again...or so thinks Jonas Ford.

He also thinks Lou Prophet and Prophet's sidekick, the beautiful Louisa Bonaventure, aka "The Vengeance Queen," are the ones best qualified to run Butters down.

But things don't go as planned.

There's a small war brewing in Carson's Wash. On one side is the beautiful widow of the man Butters is accused of murdering. On the other side is the brutal saloon and mercantile owner, George Hill, who, Prophet is astonished to learn, is the widow's own father! Phoebe Dahlstrom believes her father hired Charlie Butters to murder her rich husband, and she'll stop at nothing to see both Butters and George Hill stretching hemp from the same tree.

There are so many factions at cross odds in Carson's Wash, that Prophet doesn't know which end is up, much less who's trying to fill him so full of lead he'll rattle when he walks.

It doesn't help that Jonas Ford has set his hat for Louisa, and the only thing Phoebe Dahlstrom seems to want just as much as seeing Butters and her father hang, is Lou Prophet in her bed!

In Carson's Wash, Prophet grabs the devil by the tail. If he can survive the fight, he and Mean and Ugly are gonna hibernate in Old Mexico till the cows come home...

From the book:

Standing naked in his tub now, Prophet aimed carefully and shot the third assailant through the man's right temple. The man's head jerked back sharply. Prophet heard his neck snap. The man plopped onto his ass and then onto his back and lay jerking near a dusty mesquite.
Prophet stood in the tub, dripping.
His own powder smoke wafted around him.
He looked around, gun still raised, listening for more assailants.
Footsteps rose beyond the front of the cabin. Turning around in the tub, Prophet exchanged his empty Colt for his twelve gauge Richards coach gun, and clicked both hammers back as he squared his shoulders at the front door.
Someone was approaching, walking now.
The footsteps stopped. Louisa edged a look around the door's right side, peering into the bathhouse. She held a pretty, silver-chased Colt up high near her shoulder, hammer cocked.
Prophet depressed his shotgun's hammers.
Louisa looked at the dead man lying near her, outside the front door. She looked at the dead man lying half in and half out of his bloody tub beside Prophet. She looked past Prophet toward the third dead assailant lying just beyond the washhouse's back door.
She looked Prophet's naked body up and down, glanced at the black water at his ankles, curled one half of her upper lip, lowered her Colt, and said, "You clean up right well, Lou."
Prophet turned to the man who'd tried to give him a haircut. "I thought that hombre was sleepin' just a little too sound!"

Genre: Western
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Kindle Editions

July 2016 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
thumbTitle: THE DEVIL BY THE TAIL: Lou Prophet, Bounty Hunter Book 17
Author(s): Peter Brandvold
Publisher: Mean Pete Press
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