Hard Times

“That would only result in both of us being flayed. This won't be a pretty sight. His nod was a grimace of pity. “Then where shall we meet?” “Hard Times is west of Joplin and south of here. One murder occurred there.

Hard Times

Author: Darrel Sparkman

Publisher: Oghma Creative Media

ISBN: 1633735958

Page: 228

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The killer sold his soul to the devil. The Deacon has come to collect. In the spring of 1878, legendary lawman Coble Bray, meets the fiery Maria in Big Springs and is swept off his feet. They marry and move to a small ranch in Missouri where Coble is content with his new life and bride. That's when his old friend Priest shows up. A woman Priest is courting has been murdered. A cross and a key are left in her mouth, along with a note from her killer... a note addressed to Coble Bray. What does it all mean? And what does it have to do with The Deacon? Fearing a connection to another unsolved murder the previous year, Priest asks his old partner to come out of retirement to investigate. Motivated by his sense duty and the specter of another killer on the loose, Coble accepts—even after Maria kicks him out of the house for doing so. Starting his new investigation where his last one ended, Coble ends up in Hard Times, Kansas. It's an appropriate name for the place, as well as his predicament. Lonely, and isolated, he has nowhere to turn as the killer engages him in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Things grow even murkier when Maria shows up in town in the company of a strange man. Can The Deacon crack the case before the murderer strikes again? Or will the next victim be much closer to home?

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