The Final Tally
Sunstone Press, 2007 - 197 pages
Santiago Toole is the sheriff at Miles City, in frontier Montana. He is also a doctor but he can't make a living at it. He soon finds that enforcing the law and practicing medicine intertwine in startling ways, and there is as much danger from sick or crazed people as there is from men who heed no law on earth. Toole is summoned out of town to a trail drive camp, to tend to an injured man. But he finds that the man has been shot. And other cowboys have also been shot. And the boss man, Hermes Bragg, is dying of consumption. Toole finds himself dealing with some of the most bull-headed drovers ever to come up the trail from Texas. And the worst of them all is the boss's daughter, Athena Bragg, who is not going to slow down the cattle drive for anything, least of all Sheriff Toole. The Final Tally is one of Richard Wheeler's four celebrated Santiago Toole novels. Others in the Santiago Toole Series are: "Deuces and Ladies Wild," "The Fate" and "Incident at Fort Keogh." Sunstone Press is pleased to republish Richard S. Wheeler's finest novels of the American West, each carefully selected for their enduring value. Richard S. Wheeler has written about sixty novels of the American West for Doubleday, Forge, Fawcett, Ballantine, Bantam, Pinnacle, New American Library, Walker and Company, and M. Evans. He has received five Spur Awards and holds the Owen Wister Award for lifetime achievement in the field of western literature.
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