Coyotes of the Gap by the late Denis Hughes is his western historical adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.
This was originally published in 1954 by the Herbert Jenkins imprint, under the pseudonym Ken Kester. The story stars a young orphan in Missouri who becomes caught up in a hunt for a cache of hidden gold, as he races against other treasure-seekers to claim his inheritance. Offered worldwide, available at Amazon
Free for a limited time, available worldwide @ Amazon
When the tough-talking gunman Duke Guthrie walks into Sean O’Malley’s cabin, the young orphan has no idea that it will change his life forever…
On the run from the law, the federals finally catch up with Guthrie – but not before he has time to bestow his dying wish upon Sean.
He bequests to him a Missouri stern-wheeler, named the Luke J. Anders.
But this is no ordinary boat.
Hidden in the depths of the vessel are fortunes and riches, the likes of which Sean can only imagine.
He turns his back on the past, saddles his pony and sets off northward to find the river steamer and claim what is rightfully his.
But the path ahead of him is a treacherous one.
As he arrives in St. Louis to claim his legacy, he finds the buildings bigger and the rogues meaner than any he had ever imagined.
He finds himself up against the crooked lawyer Cowgill, the ruthless Dogherties of Rygers Gap, and the fiery but beautiful Nicolette.
Everyone is determined to have their share of the gold.
And they are the sort who don’t give a second thought to murder if it gets them what they want.
But young Sean is the only one who knows the precise location of the treasure – a secret that he will take to his grave if necessary.
With a desperate and bloody showdown aboard the ship, everyone’s life hangs in the balance.
With older and wiser Cass Chance by his side, can Sean claim his inheritance, save the ship and defeat his enemies?
Coyotes of the Gap is a fast-paced, thrilling tale of adventure and courage.