Bio: Phil Dunlap is the author of four previous Western novels. A life-long fan of Western literature, he writes with an eye toward making readers feel they are on the frontier at a time when hardship and danger were the daily fare. The author brings his extensive experience as a journalist to the task of creating characters that are real and believable. Dunlap has been writing professionally for twenty-five years, having been published in such magazines as Plane & Pilot, Sport Aviation, and Indiana Business, as well as being a correspondent for The Indianapolis Star, a Gannett daily newspaper.
Rawhide Smith wasn't looking for trouble when he came upon Mattie Slaughter, a strong willed 12-year-old girl holding a shotgun aimed directly at his head; he was merely looking for a job. Tired and hungry, he finds her resistance to allow him to speak with her father troublesome. When he discovers the reason for the child's defiance, a deeply-ingrained conviction of moral duty takes over. He accepts the responsibility of caring for Mattie until he can find a family to take her in. The task prov... more info>>