The initial publications of these two books are what first expanded my writing to include the Western genre. Having started down those dusty trails of the Old West, I’ve written almost exclusively in that genre ever since. And while I haven’t completely abandoned my relationship with a certain blue collar PI named Hannibal, I have to say that making the acquaintance of Lone McGantry, Bodie Kendrick, Cash Laramie, and numerous other hombres, both good and bad --- and not forgetting several memorable gals, also good and bad --- has been exciting, rewarding, and a heck of a lot of fun.
But it all started with DISMAL RIVER and RECKONING AT RAINROCK.
Yet while both have been available for some time and have garnered their share of critical praise, neither has taken off, sales-wise, as well as my other Westerns. So now, in the hopes of attracting a new and wider range of readers, these books are being re-launched under my own Bil-Em-Ri banner with new covers, new formatting, and a very attractive new price of only $1.49 each!
What’s more, a brand new Lone McGantry adventure --- THE FOREVER MOUNTAIN --- is in the works and will be out before year’s end.
I find all of this very exciting, and I hope readers will too!
DISMAL RIVER (winner: Western Fictioneers’ Best First Novel of 2011)
At the urging of none other than Buffalo Bill Cody, former Indian scout Lone McGantry agrees to guide an adventurous English lord heading a group of explorers and scientists into the untamed reaches of the Nebraska Sandhills—a vast expanse of treeless, rolling hills scoured by harsh winds and blistering sun. In addition to the hardships of the environment, other challenges and threats—from within as well as without—soon overtake the expedition. Deceit, betrayal, stampeding buffalo, a raging grassfire, and a band of ruthless marauders must all be dealt with. Unless McGantry can see them through, their very survival is at stake. Lives will be lost and the banks of the Dismal River will be scorched and stained with blood before the ordeal is finished.
“ … a rousing Western adventure that reads like a good old-fashioned epic … This is how they used to write ‘em and how Ford and Hawks filmed ‘em. I couldn’t give this book a higher recommendation.”
--- Peter Brandvold, author of THE SHOTGUN RIDER, TWO SMOKING BARRELS, and the Lou Prophet novels
RECKONING AT RAINROCK
Former Indian scout Lone McGantry is hired by Harriet Munro, a fiery woman lawyer seeking to make a name for herself on the western Nebraska frontier. Munro has taken the case of beautiful young Roxanne Bigbee—a desperate fugitive fleeing a trumped-up murder conviction and a hangman's noose. But before she can appear for the re-trial that Harriet has arranged, Roxanne must be rescued from the current threatening situation her flight has placed her in.
It’s up to McGantry to get her out.
Lone succeeds in returning Roxanne to Rainrock, the town where she was originally convicted and where the re-trial is set to be held. Faced with this, however, the town conspirators responsible for setting Roxanne up in the first place, mount another campaign to try and make certain the real truth never comes out. Before it is over, trusts will be betrayed, bullets will fly, lives will be lost, and McGantry must once again ride to Roxanne's rescue … until, within the stark, hauntingly empty reaches of the fabled Toadstool Badlands, scores are settled and a bloody reckoning is finally achieved.
“Wayne D. Dundee continues to solidify his growing reputation as one of the best Western writers in the business with RECKONING AT RAINROCK, a gritty, unflinching tale of revenge and redemption … Don’t let anyone tell you the Western is dead. Dundee is one of the reasons the genre is not only alive but thriving.”
--- James Reasoner, Western Fictioneers’ Life Achievement Winner, author of the OUTLAW RANGER series
Keep your eyes peeled sharp.
Lone McGantry will be riding your way soon!