"When I taught American literature at the Univ. of Iowa, a colleague taught a 'Great Westerns' course devoted to novels. Vardis Fisher's MOUNTAIN MAN, Alan LeMay's THE SEARCHERS, A.B. Guthrie's THE BIG SKY. Charles Portis's TRUE GRIT. Clearly Westerns can be literature. I suspect that Johnny D. Boggs would be on the syllabus today." -- David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood and The Brotherhood of the Rose
Growing up in the South Carolina Back Country in the 1760s, tomboy Emily Stewart gets caught up in the savagery between settlers and outlaws. Her father, a tavern owner, organizes a group of vigilantes to bring the outlaws to justice ... but what happens when the Cane Creek Regulators become too vicious themselves? Johnny D. Boggs brings an obscure event in South Carolina's pre-Revolutionary War history to vivid life.
Booklist: "A quiet, well-researched, highly appealing portrait of young adults in early America that, in the bargain, weighs necessary citizen action against mob rule."
Historical Novel Society: "Well researched and historically accurate, the details of 18th-century life on the American frontier are exactly right."
Comanche tribal policeman Daniel Killstraight heads to Deming, New Mexico, when he learns that a Chiricahua Apache has brutally murdered a teenage girl. Only when he gets there, he learns that the man in custody isn't an Apache, but an embittered, binge-drinking white man who once lived with the Apaches. Kill straight sets out to prove the prisoner innocent.
Booklist: "The various plot threads are all nicely drawn together in a tight, satisfying read."