Available July 7, 2015
Jake has been in a fight and has a bad cut on his face. He and Lloyd are hunting outlaws and have stopped at a saloon for information. Jake is talking to men at a card table. I love this because it shows Jake’s subtle sense of humor, which comes through in several places in this book.
“Just a game of cards,” Jake answered. “I’ve been on the trail a while and need some down time. I’m tired of all the bullshit of this job. Had to come through Hell’s Nest on my way to my next stop, so figured we’d get in a little card game.”
“Is that your name for this place?” another asked.
“Can you think of a better one?”
“Guess not. It’s just as good as any.” He looked Jake over. “What happened to your face?”
Jake lit a cigarette. “A little run-in with a shovel.”
“Did you fight back?”
“Beat it near to death,” Jake joked.
“More like whoever owned the shovel, I expect.”
“Something like that.”
All the while Jake is very alert to every single man in the room and who might have the information he needs. Something happens next that shakes up everybody in the saloon and reminds all of them that, joking or not, nobody crosses Jake Harkner!