"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
This rip-roaring sequel to Valley of Fire finds Micah Bishop, escaped convict, cardsharp and not the sharpest knife in a sheath, rescued by Whip Watson, who is delivering "mail-order brides" to the boom town of Calico, California. But Watson has killer competition in the form of Candy Crutchfield, who is racing to get to Calico with her own maids in waiting.
Now Micah is going to find out just how far he'll go for a buck. Because these "wives" aren't want they seem -- and are about to be delivered straight into a living hell.
True West: "Mojave ... one of the better Western novels to come along in years, is proof that author Johnny D. Boggs is indeed one of the top writers of this genre."
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."