In the last days of the frontier, grass is growing scarce. As Johnson County's settlers defy the hired guns of Cattle-land, a girl from Massachusetts must face truths about the West.
The Indian Wars are over, but peace is a long way off. Through the freezing sleet of a stretched-out winter, fifty hired-guns ride into Johnson County, hell-bent on a killing spree.
Based on true events, Johnson County brings to life the old, wild West as it really was. The Powder River ‘war’ of 1892 was the only range conflict in which a U.S. President became personally involved.
It sparked-off a decade in which Northern Wyoming was off-limits to formal law, and provided a home to Butch Cassidy, the Sundance Kid and others of the long-riding breed.
Born in Leeds, Yorkshire, of Irish stock, the writer was educated by Jesuit priests, and at Leeds Polytechnic, Leeds University and at the University of Aston-in-Birmingham. He has been a lecturer and a labourer, a part-time soldier-of-the Queen, and (briefly) one of her full-time ‘guests’. He has travelled widely in Europe, North Africa, the U.S.A and Canada. American history is a lifelong compelling interest.