During the late 1870s near Cheyenne, Wyoming, a devastating winter takes the lives of cattle, horses and people. John Henry Cole owns a small ranch outside of town. He is losing many of his friends and livestock because of the freezing temperatures. Teddy Green, a Texas Ranger, comes to Cheyenne to seek Cole’s help in locating Ella Mims, a woman who had lived in Cheyenne and was wanted for murder. The Ranger wants to capture her before a posse of gunmen catch up to her, along with a killer named Gypsy Davy Devereaux, who wears the ears of his victims attached to a necklace around his neck.
I liked how Brooks managed to weave actual characters into his tale, from Wyatt Earp to Belle Starr, Doc Holliday to Judge Roy Bean and, finally, Billy the Kid’s younger brother. I found this novel an exciting page-turner and had trouble putting it down. The exhilaration continued to mount until the final chapter. I highly recommend this Western novel – it was a quick read, well written and a thriller to the end.