The Fifth Ace(2009)
(A book in the Luck of the Draw Western series)
A novel by Vickie Britton and Loretta Jackson
A friendly poker game at the Red Elk Saloon ends with gubernatorial candidate Oren Perley dead at the table. The other three players claim a disguised stranger shot Perley from the doorway and fled. The only clue is a fifth ace found near the dead man's feet. Fierce gunmen swarm into Leland intent on avenging Perley's death. Drew Woodson's mining partner, Tommy Garth, is wrongfully blamed, but the remaining poker players, afraid to tell the truth, are sticking to their fabricated story. Woodson must save Tommy and find the real killer before the witnesses are eliminated one by one or an innocent man is hanged. The vigilantes soon find that Woodson, too, has his reasons for wanting Perley dead. Now that he's saved Tommy, will he be able to save himself from the hangman's noose?
Used availability for Vickie Britton's The Fifth Ace
February 2009 : USA Hardback
November 2012 : USA Paperback
November 2012 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition