A Checkered Past

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Cataclysmic events set the stage for the formation of an unlikely partnership that will bend the course of history. In China a brutal attack by a rampaging warlord sends a rich young couple on a desperate voyage where they become targets of the Tong Of The Black Hand. Meanwhile, a half-dead Yankee officer escapes from a notorious Confederate prison and returns to his ranch and the arms of his raven haired wife, a beauty in bootpants. Fate, destiny, or maybe just pure accident will soon bring Malcolm and Steffi Frazier and Ben Wang and Su Chang together.

Events unfold rapidly when copper prices skyrocket. Bank stock in an Arizona mining venture becomes available to Ben and his banker when the mine owners are gunned down. The bankers wife is murdered during a kidnapping in which Su Chang is captured by the Tong and taken to Colorado. Malcolm leads a high mountain rescue attempt and Steffi gains heroine status when forced into a gunbattle with rustlers, actions which endear them to Ben Wang who now controls the mining stock.

In this fast paced thinking person's thriller, the reader is swept up in blazing action occurring in China, Kansas, Colorado, Mexico, and Arizona, and is treated to a rare look into the financial pressures and strategies to be dealt with as our heroes prepare to embark on the adventure of a lifetime: The quest for the untold riches of the Rose Pit Mine. It all welds a colorful cast of never-to-be-forgotten characters together in a saga which will enrich the reader from beginning to end.

BLACK HAND OVER KANSAS-the first in a series of three books-stands alone. It can be enjoyed singly, or, if the reader is caught up in the adventure, THE JOURNADA DEL MUERTO and THE VICTORS will be available for publication soon.

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About the author (2003)

Van Poyck was sentenced to death in 1988 for the felony murder conviction of a prison guard. Today he is on Virginia's death row awaiting execution. He has written two novels.

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