Last Stage to Hell Junction: A Caleb York Western #4

Laurel Collins, Mickey Spillane

ISBN 9781496716781
Publish Date 5/28/2019
Format ePub
Categories Western, Kensington Ebooks
List Price: $11.99

New York Times bestselling author Max Allan Collins again brings to life the legacy of crime-writing legend Mickey Spillane in another explosive chapter in this now-classic western saga. Caleb York has a tin star, a blazing gun, and plenty of courage. All he needs is a little luck to deliver big justice . . .

On a lively night at the Victory saloon in Trinidad, New Mexico, Sheriff Caleb York interrupts his poker game to settle a minor dust-up that raises the stakes into major trouble. The wounded miscreant he ushers to the hoosegow spills the secret behind the mysterious disappearance of a certain stage coach.

Bound for Denver, the stage carried three important passengers—beautiful ranch owner Willa Cullen, lovely temptress Rita Filley, and wealthy banker Raymond L. Parker. The two women are rivals for the lawman’s love, while Parker is a key investor in Trinidad’s future. But all are gone, with only the corpses of fellow passengers as bullet-ridden clues.

York follows a trail of blood to a ghost town known as Hell Junction. To rescue his lady friends and the banker, he must infiltrate an outlaw den . . . and pray no one among the thieves, killers, and kidnappers will recognize him. With only his desert rat deputy to back him up, York must free the captives, round up the badmen—and, whenever necessary, send them straight to Hell.

Praise for . . .

Mickey Spillane and Max Allan Collins

“Spillane is a legend . . . a pioneer of tough-guy ethics.” —Washington Post

“Spillane is a master in compelling you to always turn the next page.” —New York Times

“Collins displays his mastery of Spillane's distinctive two-fisted prose.” —Publishers Weekly

“Max Allan Collins is the closest thing we have to a 21st Century Mickey Spillane.” —This Week

The Legend of Caleb York

“A classic western . . . a six-gun-blasting winner from the first page to the last.” —Pulp Fiction Reviews

“The authors have created a protagonist larger than life.” —Library Journal

The Bloody Spur

“Collins does a fine job of creating a realistic environment and some pretty darned interesting characters.” —Booklist

“Well-crafted . . . great fun.” —Publishers Weekly

About Laurel Collins:

Laurel Collins is a multi-published author who has successfully incorporated her passion for history into her writing career. Since 1988, she has written eleven historical romance novels: eight as Laurel Collins and three as Catherine Wyatt.

Ms. Collins strongly believes that romances need not necessarily be fantasy stories, and with her books, she aims to prove that realistic portrayals of history can be exciting, too. Her specialty lies in examining the lives of actual historical women and crafting their experiences into stories that are not only entertaining, but also the more amazing because they are based on fact.

Rose in the Shadows introduced us to Kate Warne, a Pinkerton agent, and the first female detective in the United States. Whispered Words told the fictionalized story of Nellie Bly's attempts to break into newspaper reporting. The Firebrand examined the career of Lucy Stone, who fought for women's rights and against slavery. Patchwork Angel, her most recent title, is based on the wartime experiences of Mary Ann Bickerdyke, who was a battlefield nurse during the Civil War.

Ms. Collins has two daughters who are both avid readers and have influenced her choice of subject matter. For ten years, she has served as an occasional volunteer at a "living history" site, a working farm that provides visitors with a glimpse of Midwestern farm life in the 1890's which offers invaluable hand-on experience for an author of historical fiction. "No amount of imagination," she says," can prepare you for the experience of cooking a meal on a wood stove in July wearing a long-sleeved housedress and ankle-length petticoats."

Ms. Collins is a member of the Chicago-North Chapter of Romance Writers of America and RWA published Authors Network. She has been a speaker at writers' conferences, libraries, and in school classrooms. She has published articles on the writing process, and she has been featured in articles that have appeared in the Chicago Tribune, The Daily Herald and many other publications. If you would like to write to Laurel Collins please send mail to P.O. Box 88082, Carol Stream, IL 60188-0082.

About Mickey Spillane:

Spillane Centenary Celebration! March 9, 2018 will be Mickey Spillane’s 100th birthday. The year 2018 will feature many observances, including a special event at Bouchercon.

Mickey Spillane is the legendary crime writer credited with igniting the explosion of paperback publishing after World War II through the unprecedented success of his Mike Hammer novels. Spillane's novels sold tens of millions of copies. I, The Jury went through more than 60 paperback printings in 1947 alone. In 1995, he was named a Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America. Before his death at the age of 88 in 2006, Spillane chose long-time friend Max Allan Collins to complete his unfinished works and act as his literary executor.

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