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Raw Deal at Pasco Springs [Kindle Edition]

Clay More
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Book Description

Lady Luck smiled down on ex-lawman Tom Mallory when he won the Diamond T ranch in a poker game. Tom begins to wonder if it was actually bad fortune when he is ambushed, and then rides into a gunfight where a hooded man in a long duster coat shoots a man pinned under his horse. Furious at this bushwhacking, Tom takes cards in this deadly game, and soon it starts to look like this gamble is going to be his last hand . . .


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  • File Size: 305 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Western Fictioneers (February 8, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BDBZEHO
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Western/Mystery March 6, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ex-lawman Tom Mallory rode to Pasco Springs to check out the ranch he won in a poker game. He didn't know he was running into a mess.

Even before arriving, he comes upon an ambush, a man wounded and pinned down under his dead horse, two men firing on him. When he takes a hand, they turn on him and he's in a bad way until a third unknown party helps him out, driving the ambushers off. Then simply disappears. The man under the horse proves to be a lawman and is still alive.

Mallory makes his living these days as a gambler, having left the law business after his wife had been killed in an attempt on his life.

In Pasco Springs, he gets the law to the doctor where he later dies of his wounds. He runs into a mess as, first, he's accused of shooting the lawman, shots are taken at him, the ranch he won suddenly has an inflated debt, and a powerful rancher wants to buy it off him.

For a supposedly bare bones operation, someone seems awfully anxious to get their hands on the ranch. Mallory soon takes up the Sheriff's job to find out exactly what's going on.

A couple of nice twists along the way highlight this excellent western.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Raw Deal at Pasco Springs June 7, 2014
By Beck
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A western, combined with a mystery makes for a good story. Gambler/Gun hand saves the day in the end...like all good westerns.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Western + Mystery = Fun April 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Lawman-turned-gambler Tom Mallory knows Lady Luck can be a fickle mistress. He doesn't realize how fickle until winning a ranch in a poker game puts him in the crosshairs of a mysterious bushwhacker, saddles him with the troubled family of the ranch's previous owner, and lands him right back where he least wants to be: behind a badge. Someone covets Mallory's land enough to kill everyone who gets in the way. And wouldn't you know it? Lady Luck has decided to sit out this game.

Originally published by UK publisher Robert Hale Ltd. in 2004, RAW DEAL AT PASCO SPRINGS is a rollicking, old-fashioned western shoot-em-up that stampedes through the reader's imagination. Despite his less-than-stellar history and his frowned-upon current occupation, Mallory is the type of stand-up guy readers can't help loving. The citizens of Pasco Springs are equally entertaining, from the curmudgeonly blacksmith to the competing saloon owners, the tough-as-nails widow and her wastrel stepson, the shady banker, the kind-hearted doc, the reclusive miner, the subtly dangerous cattle baron, and an assortment of thugs.

Author Clay More does an excellent job of herding readers through the story. Every turn of the cards reveals a new twist in the slippery plot. Characters drop like flies, felled in increasing numbers by whichever one of them is pulling the strings behind the scenes. The ending fairly explodes in a forehead-slapping revelation that will have even seasoned mystery readers asking "Why didn't I see that coming? All the clues were right there on the page."

In the grand tradition of classic westerns, RAW DEAL AT PASCO SPRINGS is pure escapist fun. Add the deftly plotted mystery-suspense element and More's typical attention to historical detail, and the book is tough to put down. Kudos to the Western Fictioneers Library for making this gem from across the pond available to digital readers worldwide.
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More About the Author

CLAY MORE is the western pen-name of Keith Souter, part doctor, medical journalist and novelist. He is a member of the Western Writers of America and is the current Vice President of Western Fictioneers. He is one of the authors who write the Wolf Creek series of novels for Western Fictioneers, under the house name of Ford Fargo. His character is Dr Logan Munro, the town doctor, a veteran of the Crimean War, the Indian Mutiny and the Civil War.

His collection of short stories entitled The Adventures of Doctor Marcus Quigley has just been published by High Noon Press in both paperback and ebook. Doctor Marcus Quigley is a dentist, gambler and occasional bounty hunter who is on a mission to find the the man who murdered his benefactress. He is also one of the authors of the Remington Colt Wells Fargo series by High Noon Press.

Check his blog MORE ON THE RANGE http://moreontherange.blogspot.co.uk
He is represented by Isabel Atherton at Creative Authors. write@creativeauthors.co.uk


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