|About the Book|
In Denver shortly after the Civil War ended and hundreds of wagon trains relocated from destroyed homes back East and in the South, Marshal Luke Brandon and his Deputy, Garrett Talbot, had very little time to spend talking about or wondering whatMoreIn Denver shortly after the Civil War ended and hundreds of wagon trains relocated from destroyed homes back East and in the South, Marshal Luke Brandon and his Deputy, Garrett Talbot, had very little time to spend talking about or wondering what they were going to do when a killer learned that the two lawmen were now in Denver. In Salt Lake City, the killer had terrified the Mormon settlements at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. This was no ordinary killer- he preyed upon young women and, once he selected his prey, he killed and maimed several young victims in the valley.The two lawmen, Luke and Garrett, thought they had the killer trapped in Salt Lake, but the man escaped and left the Territory of Utah, made his way to Santa Fe, New Mexico. He assumed the name of Charles Rhodes, became a successful casino card dealer and, through his winnings, amassed a ranch and other valuables. However, his perverted lusts and appetites surfaced again and dead and maimed young ladies began to be found in various locations around Santa Fe.Marshal Brandon and his Deputy, learned of the whereabouts of this demonic killer when the US Marshal arrested three men who had been posted on wanted posters- the men were wanted in Denver and that’s where he delivered them.After the three outlaws were placed in jail, Luke and Garrett had a drink with the US Marshal from Santa Fe, and he brought of the instances of the young, killed and maimed women showing up in his Territory.Both Luke and Garrett figured this killer would learn the names of the lawmen in Denver, and eventually he would make a trip to Denver to settle old scores.After shooting and killing two notorious gunmen in a gun battle, the names of US Marshal Luke Brandon and Deputy Garrett Talbot were spread all over the country. Other gunfighters looked at the two names and realized they could elevate their own status as gunfighters if they took on and killed the two lawmen.The news of the two lawmen reached newspapers in Santa Fe and, it didn’t take Charles Rhodes long to decide to make a trip to get rid of the two men he considered his nemesis.