Do you believe in cowboys? You will after you read the 12 stories in this anthology. The authors are the best in the business of western writing. There are stories from Brett Cogburn, Johnny Boggs, Michael Ritt, Michael Zimmer, McKendree Long, H. Wade (Herman) King, Delois McGrew, T. M. Eaton, L. J. Fletcher, Eddie Owens, John Neely Davis, and D. B. Jackson.
The stories range from shoot ’em up, to Wild Bill Hickok umpiring a baseball game. There are bears and desperados, wolves and trappers, and even a snowman on the prairie. Showdown is a great addition to your western library.
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The brakeman walked along the tracks, shading his face with his hands, peering through the slatted sides of the cattle cars. Three cars back from the tender, he saw widely fluttering fingers protruding from the sides of what was supposed to be an empty car. He gripped his pick handle tightly with one hand and unlatched the car door. The fingers continued to flutter and the AWWW sound intensified.
The engineer and boilerman came back from the locomotive and yanked the car door open. In a blur of dull gray, the mule exited the car, scattering the trainmen as if they were frightened children. The animal raced along the roadbed, stumbling over the end of the railroad ties, and disappeared in a mesquite thicket behind the water tank.
The fingers stopped their fluttering and withdrew from the wall of the cattle car. Janey Russell looked out from the shadowed interior. “I’m grateful for your intervention,” she said. “I’ve been cooped up with that unruly animal for what seems a week…”