Dark Trail to Nowhere

Dark Trail to Nowhere

Harry Jay Thorn

Lucas Santana is a freelance range detective working for both the US Marshals Service and the Pinkerton Detective Agency in the 1880s. A wanted man in some States, he takes great care where he rides and has a number of off-the-cuff aliases – and is not too shy about lining his own pockets in order to finance his Wyoming Wildcat ranch. When a number of gold coins surface in South Texas, loot from a long ago three-quarters of a million dollar heist at the end of the Civil War, both Pinkerton and the US Marshals call on his services to find the source of that gold. The problem is, he is not the only one searching for it. Then when a fellow agent is murdered in cold blood, Santana’s quest becomes personal and he sets off on the long dark trail to nowhere…


Praise for The Dark Trail to Nowhere:

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5 *****  Best Western

Westerns are essentially morality tales,good versus evil,big v small,right v wrong.They provide a simple moral compass in a complex world.
The author presents this so well,simple stories but with complex characters which truly engage the reader.
This book is his best yet.his style is deepening his knowledge widening and his attention to detail first class.Even though I have given up smoking every time one of his characters roles a quirley I’m gasping!
First class


5 *****  A Western with a Difference

“The Dark Trail To Nowhere” is not the usual Western, but combines the thrill of the Wild West with the suspense of a Mystery.
Lucas Santana is a wild card, moving easily between the different levels of his society, having more than his fair share of ‘smarts’. A lesser man would not have fared so well and may not have unravelled the twenty year old mystery; Lucas is not a lesser man!
The tale is gripping and I found it hard to put down.
To say more would detract from the joy of uncovering each truth, each twist, each revelation. Enjoy, dear reader, and when you are done, leave your own review here with my own.


Chris Adam Smith, aka Harry Jay Thorn, is a lifelong western enthusiast. Ex movie magazine publisher, merchant sailor, military policeman and past member of the Western Writers of America, he has penned 15 novels and many short stories under both names. Now semi-retired, he lives in Sussex and spends most of his time writing westerns and a semi humorous column for the local newspaper under the name of Whispering Smith.

Book Details

  • Publication date: October 1, 2017
  • Formats: Hardback PPC , Ebook
  • Price: £14.50
  • Number of pages: 160
  • ISBN: 9780719824630

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