Rattlesnake by the late British author John Russell Fearn is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering Press imprint.
This was originally published in 1950 by Scion and later republished by Robert Hale as part of their Black Horse Western line using the pseudonym Hugo Blayn. The story is centred around a dispute over the discovery of gold lurking in an old mine, which leads to an estranged son’s attempt to claim both justice and treasure in the wake of his father’s untimely related death.
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Against all odds…
Len M’Guire, estranged son of Old Red M’Guire, is summoned to rejoin his father near the small frontier town of Red Gap.
It soon transpires that Red M’Guire has discovered gold in an old mine, and has sent his trusty sidekick, Baldy Reegan, to Puma City to register his claim and bring Len back to share the glory.
However, Jeff Rattin, owner of the Black Diamond saloon, isn’t going to stand back and watch when there’s prospect of gold in Red Gap.
When Len and Reegan return, they are met with the news that Red M’Guire has been viciously murdered by Rattin, who is hell bent on claiming the gold for himself.
Already a man without a conscience, Rattin won’t think twice about killing anyone who stands in his way.
But Rattin and his gunhawk, Seth Scarlan, soon discover that they’ve more than met their match in the fearlness Len M’Guire.
Fiercely protective of Fay Rodino, the brave and beautiful Black Diamond singer with her own agenda against Rattin, the two team up in their desire for justice
Aided by loyal Reegan and the beautiful Fay, Len begins the deadly fight for justice in Red Gap.
Can the friends work together to beat Rattin at his own game?
But with Fay’s hidden agenda can anyone be trusted?
And who will stake the final claim on the gold?