Anne Ross meets every train that comes to Abilene, watching, waiting. So she is there when Jack Scullard comes to town, shoving his latest bounty prison before him. And when it slowly becomes knowledge there is a serial killer following the old cattle trail, killing young beautiful women as he goes, suspicions falls on Jack. Or is it Bill doing the killing, the sly land dealer who courts Anne when he comes to town?
Anne hopes to use Jack to scare Bill away from proposing marriage, but she is drawn to him. Jack is on the trail of the killer and will not rest until he catches him.
This report prepared by DeborahAnne MacGillivray
Leisure, Mar 2003, 6.99, 372 pp.
Legendary bounty hunter Jack Skull arrives in Abilene seeking a serial killer stalking women in the area. To Anne Ross, Jack is the MAN, as he seems so exciting. Anne especially notices the way people healthily avoid Jack and that when he forces interaction, most people are uncomfortable around him until they can safely get away from him. Knowing that failed marriages run throughout her family and she doesn't want to add to the family legacy, Anne believes he can keep her from marrying someone she refuses to spend her life with.
Jack has enough on his plate tracking the murderer who has killed young ladies' all over the state. He has no time for this innocent miss, but also feels he needs to keep the feisty Anne safe from his prey as she fits the victims' profile. However, insuring her safety from a killer seems mild compared to keeping her protected from him.
This is an engaging Western romance that stars two delightful lead protagonists who the audience will cherish. Jack is an intriguing hero who believes he has crossed the line too often for Anne to love him. Anne is an intrepid individual who loves deeply but does not trust in forever. Though the final emergency seems improbable, readers will relish this charming story.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner