In a chaotic blast of gunfire, the James Gang fled a posse's attack -- and the infamous Jesse threw his cousin Jeston Nash a hoard of stolen cash. But dodging the law with $30,000 in a dusty carpetbag is a risky proposition. Hoping to lie low in the mountains of the Northwest, Jeston and his partner, Quiet Jack, find themselves on a journey into the dark heart of human nature -- and deadly animal instinct.... KILLERS OF MAN Jeston Nash is used to dodging bullets, but when a hired thug's rotten remark gets under his skin, he can't let it go -- and he makes himself an instant enemy aboard a snowbound train owned by the sleaze's boss, Ben Larr. A rich son-of-a-gun hell-bent on getting the grizzly who robbed him of a leg, Larr is a fouler piece of work than the usual brand of lowlife Nash comes up against. When Larr blackmails Nash into leading his hunt, Nash discovers the killers of man in Larr's twisted domain -- a netherworld filled with violence and drugs, obsession and revenge. Before long, he finds himself face-to-face with Laura, Larr's gorgeous but murderously manipulative wife, and one savage grizzly, a man-killer straight from the jaws of hell.... In a tale sparked with his trademark wit and bull's-eye historical detail, Ralph Cotton captures the essence of the Old West in the adventures of his extraordinary outlaw hero, Jeston Nash.
Ralph Cotton has been an ironworker, second mate on a commercial barge, a teamster, a horse trainer, and a lay minister with the Lutheran church. He's written several historical novels in the critically acclaimed Jeston Nash series, one of which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.