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  • 11/2019
  • 978-0-9991248-1-9
  • 388 pages
  • $29.00
No Good Deed: A Sam Dawson Mystery
History isn’t what it used to be, as photographer Sam Dawson quickly discovers while attempting to unravel the truth surrounding the fatal shooting of a fourteen-year-old boy more than a century ago. Past events and lore compete with stark facts that may have saved a man from the gallows in one of the Old West’s most baffling crimes as Steven W. Horn continues his acclaimed Sam Dawson Mystery Series in NO GOOD DEED. A young teacher knew the truth and much more. Maligned by the press and discredited by the politicians, her story was erased from the public record. Reaching out from the grave, she attempts to set the record straight. Haunted by the loss of the love of his life, Sam is reluctant to accept the advances of the beautiful attorney who seeks to correct history and clear her family’s name. Nothing is as it seems when Sam—against the advice of his daughter, Sidney—is lured deeper into the politically charged and confusing legal entanglements that obscure the truth. Intertwined in myth and deception, both past and present, Sam returns to what he does best: finding lost graves. But not everyone wants the past exposed. Some skeletons are better left buried.
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Horn’s entertaining fourth mystery featuring photographer Sam Dawson (after 2017’s When They Were Young) makes the most out of its clever concept—a search for vindication by the descendant of a wrongfully executed man. Dawson is still scarred by the loss of his lover, Annie, to a serial killer, but he takes a shine to lawyer Cricket McMurdy, who had ambitions of being appointed to the Supreme Court, until she was saddled with a family secret passed down for decades that led to her moving back home to Wyoming and starting an investigation into the execution of the real-life Tom Horn, who was charged with murdering a 14-year-old boy and hanged. Snippets of what that secret entailed are revealed through old newspaper clippings and flashbacks to 1903, when a teacher was accused of perjuring herself in defending Horn. Dawson joins Cricket’s crusade to clear her great-grandfather’s name, despite opposition from the powers that be, even going so far as to engage in some illegal grave-digging. Fans of mysteries with a Western setting, such as the Longmire series, will be satisfied. (Self-published.)
Formats
Hardcover Details
  • 11/2019
  • 978-0-9991248-1-9
  • 388 pages
  • $29.00

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