Mary Burtons books have been a recent addition to my reading pile. This one lacks the depth of the other books Ive read by this writer. Theres absolutely nothing wrong with it; the book seems like very light reading.
Nick Baron is a tortured soul who wreaks vengeance on those who have broken the law. Hes widely known across the West for his ruthless pursuit of wrongdoers. He has been so effective at creating fear that even good folks fear him.
Nicks grown weary of the constant riding and man-hunting and an old friend offers to partner with him on some land he has bought. Unfortunately, that friend is killed in a train robbery (for $20,000) and Nick is on the trail of the killers.
Ellie Watson is the daughter of a prostitute that died when she was 6. The owner of the brothel kept Ellie as a worker in the kitchen. One day, she is called to help with the birth of a baby girl. The babys mother dies begging Ellie to take the child and raise it as her own. The babys father is one of the killers/train robbers.
The next time we see Ellie, she is working at a stagecoach stop. Nick finds her and wants to use her to lure the killer. Things do not go as he planned.
This is a quick book and definitely light reading. The main characters are good people in bad circumstances.