Commencing in the late 1800s, the final decades of the great American cowboy, this novel traces the Chapman family into the mid-1900s. Patriarch F. E. Chapman learned from legendary gunfighter Ab Quezada, and passed the lessons through son Martin to grandson, Pete. From deserted mining towns of the New Mexico Territory and stolen Confederate treasure hidden in El Malpais to the murderous Ciudad Juárez streets and violent border wars, three generations of the Chapman family struggle to keep their way of life. This is a story of brave women, a sociopathic killer, outlaws living past their time, and men who have the grit to take on the rugged rangeland of the Pecos and Rio Grande valleys.
John Neely Davis is a product of the sandy hills of West Tennessee, an area east of the edge of the Mississippi Delta and west of the Tennessee River. Most of his working years were spent in U.S. government land acquisition projects stretching from the Appalachians to the river valleys of New Mexico. Previously published novels include Stephen Dennison, The Sixth William, and Bear Shadow. The latter novel won The Janice Keck Literary Award. He has also contributed to numerous anthologies: Filtered Through Time, By Blood or by Marriage, Comanchero Trail, Western Trail Blazer Series, and the recently released, Showdown. He lives with his wife, Jayne, in historic Franklin, Tennessee.