Franklin's Crossing by Clay Reynolds
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Hired to guide a wagon train across the Texas plains, African-American scout Moses Franklin encounters Cleve Graham, the wagonmaster who is concealing a cargo of contraband, and Jack Sterling, a con man and cattle thief. 20,000 first printing.
 

About Clay Reynolds

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Writer and critic Clay Reynolds is the author of thirteen books. A native West Texan, he serves on the faculty of the University of Texas at Dallas and lives in Lowry Crossing with his wife, Judy, and her dog and cat.
 
Published April 1, 1993 by Baen Books. 515 pages
Genres: Westerns, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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In this masterful epic tale of embattled white settlers trying to cross hostile Indian territory ten years after the end of the Civil War, led by a black scout they neither like nor trust, Texas novelist Reynolds (The Vigil, Agatite--both 1986) captures all the complexities of a nation still torn...

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However, they become the target of fierce Comanche warriors set on reclaiming a medicine bag stolen by a girl who looked remarkably like Sterling's tough-talking daughter, whose troubles with her father mirror those of the other settlers' dysfunctional families.

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