Author: Carl Dane
Published: June 2019
A Hawke & Carmody Western Short Story.
Marshal Josiah Hawke’s past comes back to haunt him when he unexpectedly meets a beautiful performer in a traveling show – a woman who was once a spy and had tried to kill him. With her is a man Hawke suspects was the infamous commandant of a Confederate prison camp who escaped from Hawke during the closing days of the Civil War.
To complicate matters, Hawke must explain to his deputy, Tom Carmody, and his girlfriend, Elmira Adler, an intensely dark and deadly aspect of his Civil War service that he had kept quiet about – under orders – for more than a decade.
As Hawke grapples with the problem of what to do with the man he suspects of being a war criminal, a shooting in Elmira’s bar sparks retaliation from a violent gang of rustlers.
And as the two threads of the story unfold throughout a violent day and night, Hawke and Carmody resolve both problems at once with a startling – and bizarre – plan of action.