Strong Ambitions (Emmett Strong Western #3) is coming right along, folks. While maintaining the same popular cast of protagonists–Emmett, Li, Juanito, and Geneve–the story gallops headlong into untamed new territory where unexpected situations and unforeseen danger abound. Here’s a taste of what’s in store.
Strong Ambitions Synopsis
Tiny, yet prospering Benficklin, Texas, wants a clean, respectable town marshal to guard their pristine community from the kind of riffraff that turned neighboring Santa Angela into a raucous string of blood-spattered saloons and bawdy sporting houses. Former Texas Ranger Emmett Strong seems to be just the man they’re looking for—once they determine that his Chinese wife, Li, is “acceptably civilized.”
But Benficklin doesn’t want to pay a deputy. That leaves Juanito—Emmett’s sidekick and brother-in-law from his first marriage—with little choice but to take his bride, the former saloon girl Geneve, up the road to Santa Angela, looking for honest work in a crooked town.
Reputations aside, Benficklin—not Santa Angela—is the town with the next scandal on its hands, when early one morning the ravaged, scantily clad body of a young, murdered Mexican girl is found lying in the middle of Main Street.
Initial signs suggest hard-drinking cowboy Quirt Langdon may have done the deed. Emmett and Li, however, sense that things aren’t exactly as they appear. Nearby Fort Concho’s Captain Prentiss Roderick seems peculiarly interested in what is clearly a civilian case. And Santa Angela’s most eccentric resident gambler, Nate Chaffin, gives the impression he knows things he’s not telling.
Benficklin wants the matter to simply go away. Honor drives Emmett to seek justice for the poor murdered girl. Only the closer he gets to unraveling the mystery, the more determined a hidden enemy becomes. Can Emmett put the conflicting pieces together before his corpse is the next one folks find in the dusty streets of Benficklin?
To those of you who have enjoyed the first two Emmett Strong novels and who are waiting patiently–or anxiously–for Strong Ambitions, I want to express heartfelt appreciation. For your reading pleasure, I truly want Emmett Strong Western #3 to be the best installment yet in the series.
Back to writing now.