Dusk Along the Niobrara
Dunbar connects the long-ago death of an old horse trader with the senseless murder of a sheepherder.
Dunbar, working on a ranch in the Niobrara country in Wyoming, connects the death of a hardscrabble homesteader with the death of an old horse trader some fifteen years earlier. As Dunbar goes to work on a corral project in town and then on fall roundup, more murders take place—a wandering drunk who has picked up gossip in an alehouse, and then the proprietor of the alehouse. People who know too much are being silenced. An old woman named Verona tells of an ancient crime on Old Woman Creek, where a sheepherder was killed and his partner escaped. In a final scene at the new shipping pens, Dunbar brings forth the witnesses, and a showdown erupts, with Dunbar bringing justice to the Niobrara country.
"Very Holmesian, with the admiring narrator and the staged conclusion, this enjoyable tale effectively injects a mystery element into a standard western." —Wes Lukowsky, Booklist
"With 'Dusk Along the Niobrara,' western novelist John D. Nesbitt is a Spur award winning author who has once again penned a truly riveting, compulsive page turner of western that will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to community library Western Fiction collections." —Midwest Book Review
"For those mystery readers who want justice to triumph, these frontier mysteries [...] are satisfying. [...] There's quite a bit that could be said about the atmosphere in this novel, Wyoming and the ranch life. The cowpunchers themselves had the time to talk philosophy, as they rode across those empty lands. Sometimes, it's just satisfying to read that story of justice, as in Dusk along the Niobrara." —Lesa Holstine, Lesa's Book Critiques
"The book is easy to read and I enjoyed the author’s descriptions of the eastern Wyoming landscape." —Leslie Colin Tribble, Wyoming State Library, Wyoming Book Reviews