Jonathon “Pinebox” Collins is an itinerant, one-legged undertaker who wanders the Old West practicing The Dismal Trade. He sets up shop in cow towns, railroad towns, mining boomtowns, and growing cities. Along the way, he crosses paths with some of the frontier’s most interesting and influential characters, including several encounters with “Wild Bill” Hickok.
Father unto Many Sons
Is Lee Pate a man of principle or a misguided dreamer? Without notice, he uproots his family and heads west, then sends his sons back home to Tennessee on a quest that will change the family forever. Joined by a Mormon family fleeing persecution in Missouri, the Pates follow a barely explored trail to Mexico. The travelers face many difficulties, but family struggles prove the most formidable obstacle. Testing the strength of family ties, Father unto Many Sons tells a story as old as time in a new country.
Rawhide Robinson Rides a Dromedary: The True Tale of a Wild West Camel Caballero
An unknowing and unwilling Rawhide Robinson sails across the sea to help the United States Army acquire camels for military service in the desert Southwest. On the high seas, he spins tales for the sailors, and shares many an adventure in exotic ports of call. Back in America, the ungainly camels cause nothing but upheaval, and scorn from Army and civilian packers. Will Rawhide Robinson convince the army that camels are the way to go? Find out as an ordinary cowboy becomes a camel caballero.
Rawhide Robinson Rides the Tabby Trail: The True Tale of a Wild West CATastrophe
The cowboy hero originated in Rawhide Robinson Rides the Range rides again in this wild novel. The mining boomtown of Tombstone, way out in Arizona Territory, is overrun with rats with no relief in sight. Rawhide Robinson determines to save the day by delivering a herd of cats—but getting them there proves to be quite an adventure. The novel is published in hard cover by Five Star.
Rawhide Robinson Rides the Range: True Adventures of Bravery and Daring in the Wild West
To hear him tell it, ordinary cowboy Rawhide Robinson has been involved in all manner of extraordinary events. Around the campfire on a trail drive, he tells his tall tales and you’re invited to ride along and listen in. Rawhide Robinson Rides the Range, published in hard cover by Five Star, won the coveted Spur Award for Best Western Juvenile Novel from Western Writers of America in 2015.
The Assassination of Governor Boggs
The Assassination of Governor Boggs, published by Cedar Fort, is a cold-case investigation into the 1842 shooting of Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs. At the time of the crime, suspicion fell on the Mormons, particularly gunman Porter Rockwell. In this novel that weaves historical events with imagination, Pinkerton agent Calvin Pogue follows the evidence from the Pacific Ocean to the banks of the Mississippi, and from the Missouri River to the shores of the Great Salt Lake. Along the way, he encounters many of the Old West’s most influential and important characters, and finally conducts a lengthy interview with Rockwell himself.
Cold as the Clay
Power and paranoia affect the lives of many in this novel set on the Fishhook Ranch. Rancher Jesse Longmore takes in young Wilson Hayes, a homeless drifter, whose cowboy skills soon pose a threat to the old man, if only in his mind. Driven from the ranch, Hayes lives the outlaw life before returning to take over the Longmore empire. The basic plot of this novel bears a curious resemblance to a familiar story from the Bible. Cold as the Clay is published by High Hill Press.
Gallows for a Gunman
Gallows for a Gunman tells the story of outlaw Harlow Mackelprang, sentenced to hang come morning, through the eyes of twelve people who knew the criminal in a variety of circumstances. The original Kensington Publishing/Pinnacle Books paperback is hard to come by, but a large print softcover edition from Wheeler Publishing is readily available. When released in 2005, USA Today included Gallows for a Gunman among its “How to Stay Sane on the Plane” selections.
writer Rod Miller