By Bill Yenne
Is the bounty hunter really the hunted?
Bladen Cole is getting a good-looking amount of money from Isham Ransdell, the landlord of the Gallatin urban financial institution. It's no longer a withdrawal, yet a gift for the heads of the boys who killed Ransdell's affiliates. The banker wishes the Porter boys again in Gallatin urban useless or alive--preferably useless. As Cole units out on his manhunt, he questions the incentive of his new consumer, the one wealthy guy in Gallatin urban by some means left unscathed...
His pursuit is going easily adequate until eventually he reveals himself in the course of a conflict among rival Blackfeet bands. Cole is pressured to take facets, yet fortunately, this double responsibility leads him instantly to the Porter boys, who're absolutely shocked to determine a bounty hunter flanked via such an strange posse. yet Bladen is in for a number of surprises of his own...
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