Strong Convictions, the first installment in a series of Old West action novels I plan to release, is becoming a reality! The first draft is complete, drawing to a dramatic conclusion right at the three hundred page mark.
It’s a tall order to fill, but I hope to offer the reader a fresh take on the conventional American Western, building on foundations laid by the likes of Robert B. Parker of Appaloosa fame and Elmore Leonard, author of Three-Ten to Yuma.
My initial intent is to develop a trilogy featuring the hero Emmett Strong, a prodigy of a pistolero who loses his instinctive prowess with the six-gun the same day he loses his beautiful young wife. As his story progresses from Strong Convictions through Strong Ambitions to Strong Suspicions, Emmett will have to rely on his wits, courage, and character as much as he ever relied on his speed and uncanny marksmanship.
A Thumbnail Synopsis
In Strong Convictions, Emmett and his brother-in-law, Juanito, are joined by British military veteran Granville Sikes as they chase a murderer from the bluebonnet-covered hills of central Texas all the way to the silver mines of western Nevada. There, Emmett faces a crisis of convictions. He and his compadres encounter a wrong that is impossible to ignore. But can he let a cold-blooded murderer escape justice in order to try to stop this newly discovered evil?