The Trouble Seeker by the late Richard Wormser, a recipient of the Edgar Award for mystery and the Spur Award for westerns, is his vintage standalone western historical action adventure novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Pioneering imprint.
This was originally published in 1970 by Fawcett as part of their Gold Medal line under the title On the Prod.
The story may or may not be a comedy of errors, starring an overinvested surprise ex who apparently assembles an increasingly odd posse upon a quest to take revenge upon his sweetheart, who has unexpectedly left town with another man (possibly voluntarily, possibly not).
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Set to marry his sweetheart Helen, trail driver Hank Lowery returns home with riches in his pocket.
But when he rides into town desperate to see his girl, a shock awaits him.
Helen has been seen riding out of town in the company of a brash young cavalry officer.
Now she is a thousand miles away, deep in the heart of the Indian Nation, with another man.
Most men would be angry, but Hank Lowery is not most men. He wants revenge.
With his heart broken and his pride is in tatters, nothing will stop him getting even.
What Hank does not foresee is the strange posse he’ll accrue along the way.
The company begins with a slicked-up gambler named McGraw, who never lost and can almost taste the money in Hank’s pockets.
Then a mule-riding halfwit saves Hank’s life and cannot be shaken from the train. Finally, a celibate preacher and his wife, who loves everything except clothes, complete the group.
On or off the trail, Hank keeps his holster oiled and his gun loaded.
One way or the other, he’ll get his woman back…