Trouble at the Redstone
Winner, Western Writers of America Spur Award in Best Original Mass Market Paperback, 2009.
A down-and-out cowpuncher finds work looking for a husband who went astray.
Will Dryden gets bailed out of jail by a woman who is looking for her husband and would like Dryden to find him. Will agrees to look for the man, and his search leads him to the Redstone Ranch, where a young cowhand has been recently murdered. As Dryden continues to search, he looks for connections between the missing husband, the dead cowhand, and a couple of more bodies that turn up. He makes a few friends along the way, not least among them an older ranch hand and a girl who works in the kitchen, who help him learn more about what might be behind the Trouble at the Redstone.