The Stone Creek series is shaping up to be a very enjoyable set of stories. This third book concerns Rowdy Rhodes oldest brother, Wyatt. This brother has recently finished a two-year term in one of Texas fine prisons.
As the story opens, Wyatt is helping in a cattle rustling plot. As lightning strikes near the nervous cattle, Wyatt takes it as a bad omen and leaves. Penniless, he heads to Stone Creek, where Rowdy has offered to help him get a job.
The first person Wyatt sees in the town is Sarah Tamlin, organist at the three-day tent revival. Later he finds out that Sarah and her father run the towns only bank. Before long, Wyatt realizes that Sarah is hiding some secrets and they are starting to overwhelm her.
It soon becomes common knowledge that Wyatt was also an outlaw (everyone in town knows that Rowdy was one in his younger days, but is now accepted as the towns marshal).
When Sam OBallivan and Rowdy leave town to chase some out-of-town crooks, the younger brother makes Wyatt deputy. Citizens are a bit concerned about whether Wyatt has really left his outlaw days behind him.
The plot is interesting and multi-layered. Miller keeps the action humming along. I really care about the characters and what makes them tick. THE RUSTLER is a great read!
Stone Creek Series
1. The Man from Stone Creek (2006) Sam OBallivan
2. A Wanted Man (2007) Rowdy Rhodes/Robert Yarbro
3. The Rustler (2008) Wyatt Yarbro
4. The Bridegroom (2009) Gideon Rhodes/Gideon Yarbro
5. A Stone Creek Christmas (2008) 5 & 6 are together in Holiday in Stone Creek an omnibus (2011)
6. At Home in Stone Creek (2009)