Slaughter Canyon

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Penguin, Jan 3, 2012 - Fiction - 304 pages
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A U.S. Marshal ends up in the last place he should be in this Ralph Compton western...

Deputy U.S. Marshal Matt Battles is being blackmailed—by President Chester A. Arthur. The Commander-in-Chief needs someone to discover why Hatfield J. Warful is gathering every notorious gunslinger in the west at his home in Slaughter Canyon. Thanks to a falsified news report planted by the Secret Service, Battles is now wanted for robbery and murder, leaving him no choice but to infiltrate Warful’s gang by posing as an outlaw on the run.
But Warful’s trigger-happy gunfighters share some unpleasant history with the supposed ex-Marshal, and don’t care which side of the law he’s on. And if Battles didn’t have enough worries being targeted by both lawman and outlaw alike, failing his mission could result in a second Civil War…
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About the author (2012)

Ralph Compton stood six-foot-eight without his boots. He worked as a musician, a radio announcer, a songwriter, and a newspaper columnist. His first novel, The Goodnight Trail, was a finalist for the Western Writers of America Medicine Pipe Bearer Award for best debut novel. He was also the author of the Sundown Rider series and the Border Empire series.

As a little boy growing up in a small fishing village in Scotland, Joseph West enjoyed many happy Saturday mornings at the local cinema in the company of Roy and Gene and Hoppy. His lifelong ambition was to become a cowboy, but he was sidetracked by a career in law enforcement and journalism. He now resides with his wife and daughter in Palm Beach, Florida, where he enjoys horse riding, cowboy action shooting, and studying Western history.

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