A mysterious stranger struggles to keep his past a secret and himself out of harm’s way in this thrilling Western tale!

Bob Bannister is a mystery from the moment he arrives in Prairie City. A gambler with a knack for winning at the stud poker table, he quickly aligns himself with a young man named Howard Marble after saving his life and helps to pay off Howard’s gambling debts. Marble is connected to a number of the town’s big shots, and Bannister quickly finds himself in the middle of everyone’s business.

The problem is, Bannister resembles the description on a Reward dodger for The Maverick, a bandit wanted for murder and robbery. He draws suspicion from the locals, and while the sheriff is reluctant to suspect Bannister, the truth is that his background remains a mystery, and Bannister’s vague answers and talents with a pistol aren’t helping matters.

Caught up in a controversy over an irrigation project that threatens to siphon off all the water many local ranchers need for their cattle herds, Bannister is running out of friends to turn to. The threats continue to build, and surely a breaking point is approaching . . .

Skyhorse Publishing is proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in fiction that takes place in the old West. Westerns—books about outlaws, sheriffs, chiefs and warriors, cowboys and Indians—are a genre in which we publish regularly. Our list includes international bestselling authors like Zane Gray and Louis L’Amour, and many more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.