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Back Trail

The past is a dangerous place…

Chick Butler was run out of Hard Rock by Jefferson Farrell, who felt that Chick was not good enough for his daughter Jane.

Jefferson was a saloon owner and well-known around Hard Rock for his wealth and power.

Twenty years later, and now federal Deputy Marshal, Chick returns to the town on a job, re-igniting Jefferson’s anger.

A violent encounter leads Chick into Jefferson’s saloon, where he learns that his former lover, Jane, had been forced to leave home when he was run out of town and hadn’t been seen since.

Jane had a son, Charles, who came to Hard Rock to meet his grandfather.

But it would seem that Jefferson merely led the boy astray, filling his head with lies about his past.

With a robber gang, a murder and a son who resents him, the future does not seem hopeful.

Can he untangle the vicious web of lies in time?

Or will he be silenced once and for all…?

Praise for Chuck Mason

‘A rollicking good read, full of danger and suspense’ – bestselling author Tom Casey


Pioneering Press is a western imprint of Endeavour Press – the UK’s leading independent digital publisher. We publish new and classic westerns by authors from the US and the UK.

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