“Darlings of the Dust” is a short story that appears in the anthology Contention and Other Frontier Stories, released by Five Star Publishing in May 2019. In my story, the cowboy detective named Dunbar (from his own series of Dark Prairie, Death in Cantera, and others) arrives in the town of Westlock, Wyoming, and goes to work at the Paradise Valley Ranch.
Death in Cantera is my
twenty-fourth western/frontier novel, my fifth book with Five Star, and my
second Dunbar story. I wrote it in 2013, and it came out in early 2016. By the
time I wrote this novel, I had an established relationship with Five Star, so I
could think about writing a story with that publisher in mind. Also, because Dark
Prairie had done well with reviews, sales, and an award, and because the
people at Five Star liked Dunbar, I had encouragement to write another novel
with him as the somewhat mysterious sleuth.