Historian Dr. Alison Carter is hired on as the consultant on a new film about the legendary confrontation between Marshal Silas Quinn and supposed gambler/kidnapper/murderer Jamie Gallagher.
War vet and Alaska native A.J. Gallagher is on a mission. For the last few weeks he has been visited by the all-too-real ghostly presence of his great-grandfather, Jamie Gallagher, who is determined to set the record straight about what really happened in the Arizona showdown. Contrary to popular belief, Jamie didn’t murder Melody Quinn, but rather rescued and married her. Convincing Alison that he is not nuts and that Jamie’s story is true is only A.J.’s first problem. For Alison was the unknowing witness to a murder and the killers need to clean up the evidence. (BALLANTINE, Aug., 448 pp., $7.99)