As recently featured on his own fine blog, Education of a Pulp Writer, I will let David Cranmer (the man behind the Edward A. Grainger byline and creator of Cash and Gideon Miles), talk about THE EMPTY BADGE:
I had the privilege of publishing TRAILS OF THE WILD: SEVEN TALES OF THE OLD WEST awhile back, though, now, the praised collection has run its course and I have removed it from the published status. In doing so, it left a bit of an issue with the book containing the Cash Laramie novella, THE EMPTY BADGE by Wayne D. Dundee, which is an integral part of the ongoing Western series. So, I'm re-released BADGE on its own. And for fans of the Outlaw Marshal, I will be offering the e-book free for the next several days.
Plot: It's been weeks since Cash Laramie, the famed "Outlaw Marshal," has been heard from. Meanwhile, at the Federal Marshal headquarters in Cheyenne, Wyoming, some disturbing reports are starting to filter in about the notorious Driscoll Gang rapidly hitting a series of banks, allegedly with the aid of a badge-wearing accomplice claiming to be Laramie. Can it be true? Can it be that the lawman with the hair-trigger temper and the mile-wide independent streak has finally gone completely rogue?
The truth is seldom easy to find. And on the lonely, twisting trails of northwestern Wyoming in the 1880s, it was often lost forever. But every now and then, when those dusty trails converged in certain unexpected ways, answers were revealed and justice was delivered in a blaze of gunfire.
Did you catch that? ... FREE ... Right now. For the next several days.
What's more, David also mentioned recently on his blog that he is putting the finishing touches on an all-new collection of Cash and Gideon stories --- THE FURTHER ADVENTURES OF CASH LARAMIE & GIDEON MILES --- he is writing (as Edward A. Grainger). This will be the first time in over three years that David himself has written about the rugged Western duo ... News that surely should be cause for celebration from long-standing fans of the popular series.
Keep a sharp eye peeled.
And rest assured that I surely will give notice here when FURTHER ADVENTURES is available.