His father, Chicago’s Chief of Police, allowed Billy to make his own way. No grease on the wheels of nepotism.
Billy and his partner Detective Kate Fenton are straight-up-and-up honest cops. Everything is by the book.
A most sinister murder leads the Chicago investigators to stake-out a brothel. During the stake-out, Billy discovers that this brothel caters to the very high end. He finds, during the night of his planned bust, that instead of going after a murderer, he now have many of the city’s most powerful people caught in the sting.
The bust is made. Heads are going to roll.
But then, the key piece of evidence can’t be found.
Jake Brigance, Grisham’s beloved Ford County lawyer, is back for another saga. This time- NOT in the courtroom.
Jake is asked by an old-time acquaintance for a big favor. Mack Stafford, a former lawyer in Clanton and local legend of an unsolved money heist of which there was never proof, asked Jake to help him reunite with his family.
Mark, three years previously, had left his wife and his daughters, left his lawyer practice, and vanished in the middle of the night.
Jane Shoringfield was without a husband. She had been cared for, as a child, by a kind couple and she had a small purse for living, but it was now time for her to become a woman of society.
As with all things, Jane was practical and calculating about her future. She measured each of the eligible men in the town and arrived at her best choice; someone who was seeking a marriage of convenience, not one of passion, and each could continue on as he and she saw fit. But the marriage would open new doors, now closed, into the ways of society.
Augustine Lawrence was selected. He was thought highly by all and a very competent doctor. She, as a way of enticing him, needed to convince him that a marriage to her was the best of all worlds; acceptance into the realms of polite society and she could master the business/ clerical duties of his work. All would win.
Of course, as the saying goes… The best plans of man- or woman, in this case…
I have finished the shirt story collections of Louis L’Amour.
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour: The Frontier Stories – Volume V
This is a very enjoyable read. L’Amour at his western best! You will love getting to know The Cactus Kid.
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour: The Crime Stories – Volume VI
This collection of short stories encompass everything from detectives and solving murders, to mafia thugs, and the criminal underworld of boxing. A very enjoyable read. (Not a good as the westerns, but very close.)
The Collected Short Stories of Louis L’Amour: The Frontier Stories – Volume VII
Another collection of western stories at their best! One of the best involves a new sheriff, Utah Blaine, and his escapades at solving the murders by a serial killer.
These are possibly THE BEST WESTERN STORIES ever written.
I have read each of them multiple times, but I have never read them in chronological order. (I’m still not sure I did?)
But if you haven’t read them, or if it’s been a while, take another look at the storylines and enjoy!
Barnabas Sackett, born of The Fens in Cambridgeshire, England, is the patriarch of the Sackett Family. Finding a small treasure of Roman gold coins, Barnbas sets of to make his way in the world… seeking a fresh start. Barnabas hopes to find a fresh start in America, where a man can be all he can make himself to be: a new society- no Royalty. To every man’s dream, there must be a nemesis. Sackett, becasie of rumors of this endless treasure his has discovered, becomes enemies with Rupert Genester, nephew of an earl, and by way of Rupert, enemies of the Queen.
To the Far Blue Mountains
As Barnabas seeks to cut all ties with England, a royal warrant is sworn out against him. Suddenly, every port of departure is dangerous. If Barnabas is captured, his fate is the gallows.
The Warrior’s Path
Yance and Kin Sackett, the first and third sons of Barnabas Sackett, are entangled in a mystery surrounding slave-trading venture (not only the bringing of slaves from Africa), but the abduction of young white girls to enhance their profits on a return trip the West Indies. The slavers have kidnapped of a village young girl and a ‘witchy’ woman.
Jubal, the fourth son of Barnabas Sackett, is a loner. A man at peace with himself. On his journey across the mountains seeking a new homestead in the wilderness, Jubal meets a Natchez priest. He is tasked to deliver a message to the Natchez’s tribe’s Sun God, Itchakomi.
Ride the River
Echo Sackett, from the Sackett’s of Tennessee, has to make a trek to the big city of Philadelphia to claim an inheritance. The lawyer (Mr. James White) in charge of probating the will is, of course, a scoundrel.
Orrin Sackett and Tyrel Sackett are true Sacketts. They share loyalty to family. It lives deep in their blood. Other than that, they are as different as different can be.
To pick a fight with Orrin, you would find yourself pushing and pushing until everyone in the town would want to kill you but maybe Orrin.
Tyrel had a very short fuse. Some might wonder if Tyrel had a fuse attached to his temper at all.
End of the Drive (This book includes The Courting of Griselda)
Another collection of stories that involve the Sackett clan.
Surviving buffalo stampedes and the possibility of being trampled by a startled herd of runaway cattle, being beaten senseless and being nursed to health by a beautiful maiden, a finding the truth about cattle rustlers-many that might be former friends or neighbors- without knowing the god form the bad…
Basic L’Amour western thrillers.
Orlando Sackett is a frontiersman who seek to make things right when he is wronged. He, also, seeks a treasure. Actually two treasures. Lando is seeking his father, who left while Lando was a mere lad, and the gold that his father had told about in stories
War Party (This book includes Booty for a Bad Man)
A collection of short stories, dome of them Sackett stories, of life on the wild frontier.
Tell Sackett is city-bound on a freight-delivery. Tell encounters a runaway-bride, a newlywed and soldier’s wife. He must battle the elements, both of nature and of man, to seek success.
William Tell Sackett is the star of this short novel. While seeking a place to call ‘home’, William stumbles upon and beautiful girl, a luxurious valley, and rumors of a fortune in gold.
At a ferry-crossing on the Colorado River, William Tell Sackett encounters an enemy far more dangerous than Apaches and gunslingers- a beautiful, young girl looking for passage across the desert.
The Sackett Brand
William Tell Sackett finds himself cornered by forty gunslingers from the Lazy A Ranch. He’s trying to hold out as long as he can until backed by hid more distant relations. How many will Tell have to kill himself before the help arrives?
After settling their father’s family debts, Flagan Sackett and Galloway Sackett encounter a Irish horse-trader. He asks the brothers to escort his granddaughter, Judith, to Colorado, to be united with her father. He promises them prize horses and much money for this task.
Of course, there is a catch. One of the most notorious men in the valley wants to marry his 15-year-old granddaughter. The marriage will give this villain and beautiful young wife as well as a fine string of racing and breeding horses.
Though known to the entire town as a villain, the young girl is in awe of her suitor and can’t wait to get married.
The Lonely Men
Tell Sackett, and three of his friends, are persuaded to Apache fortress to rescue a kidnapped nephew, the son of Orion Sackett.
Nolan Sackett, a man who was a law-unto-himself (before town justice was seen in the wilderness) must overcome the wiles of two beautiful women (one of them poisonous to the core) and assassins to fine his peace in life.
Flagan Sackett is captured and tortured by a small band of Apaches. HE must survive until his brother, Galloway, can find him. They have plans to establish a new homestead for their family in a valley claimed by the Dunn clan.
Orrin Sackett, at the bequest of his mother, seeks to discover the fate of his missing father before his mother passes. Tell Sackett follows Orrin to the criminal-belly of New Orleans to seek any travelers that may have information about the whereabouts of their father. Gypsies and Voodoo priests assist the brothers to follow in their father’s last steps.
Ride the Dark Trail
Logan Sackett finds himself landlocked, and against overwhelming odds, to rescue a cantankerous widow woman and an orphaned nester’s daughter.
Lonely on the Mountain
Logan Sackett makes a promise of providing beef to a mining settlement in Canada. Circumstances have sided against Logan and keeping his word seems impossible. Logan reaches out to the Sackett clan for assistance. Pushing 1100 head of cattle through an unknown mountain range over trails never before crossed would be enough of a problem without the sinister message that accompanied Logan’s plea for help.