Blood Dance by Joe R. Lansdale
(The Lost Lansdale Series Vol. 3)

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Confederate veterans in a Yankee’s world, Melgrhue and Bucklaw haven’t had much post-war success. Family, friends and farms lost in the conflict, they’ve been drifting for the past decade—driving sheep here, punching cattle there. It’s work that pays a man’s bills, mostly, but just mostly. More than panning for gold, it turns out, though that had seemed like a good idea at the time. And so they find themselves washed up in the Dakota Territory, staring a cold December in the face with empty pockets and emptier prospects. Which is how otherwise mostly-upstanding gentlemen come to contemplate signing-on as hired guns in a train robbery.

If the robbery came off well, no one was double-crossed, and the boys retired to live a comfortable life south of the border, it wouldn’t be much of a Western. Fortunately, Lansdale, who’s turned his hand at so many genres—and invented a few new ones of his own—knows better, and has written a rip-roarer. Long-unavailable, having fallen between the cracks of the publishing industry, Blood Dance is a genuine Western Adventure to rival any of the classics.

About Joe R. Lansdale

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Joe R. Lansdale is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Sunset and Sawdust, Lost Echoes, and Leather Maiden. He has received the British Fantasy Award, the American Mystery Award, the Edgar Award, the Grinzane Cavour Prize for Literature, and eight Bram Stoker Awards. He lives with his family in Nacogdoches, Texas.
Published October 10, 2011 by Gere Donovan Press. 175 pages
Genres: Westerns, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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Now in print at last, the tale begins in 1875 as Jim Melgrhue and his partner, Bob Bucklaw, ex-cowpunchers and gold miners, are forced into joining a ragtag gang of train robbers led by Major Beau Carson, a former Confederate officer who rode with the guerrilla cutthroat Quantrill.

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