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To Make A Killing

Matthew Thomson thinks he’s just committed the perfect murder…

As the Cherokee capital Tahlequah braces itself for a vote on the issue of a land grant, a prisoner – drunk and alone in a guarded cell – is shot and killed at close range.

But Sheriff Rider has taken it personally when his full-blood deputy, Beehunter, falls under suspicion.

Seeing the killing as an act of spiritual evil Beehunter turns to a medicine man for help in his search for the killer.

Meanwhile the bureaucrats are demanding answers…

Although his assertions of Beehunter’s innocence are dismissed, through ingenious deduction Rider begins to piece the scant evidence together in order to clear his friend’s name.

Despite the ever-tightening noose, Thomson is a slippery individual and soon enough he is across the Missouri border, hiding, waiting, ready to make a killing once more…

Combining murder, politics and the identity of the Nation, this thrilling Western adventure brings to life the rugged frontier through the Cherokee experience.

Praise for Robert J. Conley

“Conley portrays the rough and tumble frontier from the Indian point of view… Veteran novelist Conley works on three levels: murder mystery, frontier political potboiler, and the search for personal identity.” – Booklist

“Conley [is] in the ranks of such writers as… Louise Erdrich… and W.P. Kinsella as literary interpreters of the Indian experience.” – Sunday Journal-Star (Lincoln, NE)

“Conley [is] among the most productive and inventive of modem Western novelists” – Dale L. Walker, Rocky Mountain News

“Conley speaks with a clear Cherokee Indian voice to show how his tribe’s cultural characteristics have survived centuries of abrupt change to give readers an understanding of the fullness and humanity of the Cherokees as a people.” – The Cherokee Advocate

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

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