New from the pen of Pulitzer nominee James Hitt
Lawyer Josh Thorn believes in the law and justice. Even so, when he agrees to defend prostitute Rosa May Whitefield, he knows he jeopardizes his standing in the community. In 1880 the mining town of Bodie, California, averaged a killing a day, but Rosa May’s crime broke all the rules when she killed one man and wounded two others because they beat and raped her.
Powerful forces line up against Josh and the girl, and her fate appears sealed until two killers arrive looking for Josh. With the help of friends, Josh orchestrates a jail break. A vigilante posse tracks the fugitives into the High Sierras before events lead Josh back to Bodie for a final showdown.
James Hitt is a graduate of North Texas State University and holds a BA in English and history and a MA in history. In addition to his many articles related to the west and film, he is the author of THE AMERICAN WEST, FROM FICTION INTO FILM (McFarland, 1991), which has been called the definitive monograph on the subject, and WORDS AND SHADOWS (Citadel, 1993), an examination of mainstream American literature and its connection to film.
He is also represented in THE LOUIS L’AMOUR COMPANION (Andrews and McMeel, 1992). In 2001, Adventure Books published his novel THE LAST WARRIOR. In 2009 his short story “The Boy with Too Much Hair” won the grand prize for best fantasy story from Once Written.com In 2010 Aberdeen Bay released CARNY: A NOVEL IN STORIES, which won the Grand Prize for Fiction at the 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Awards. He has also been a guest speaker at the Gene Autry Museum. Open Books has just published his latest novel THE COURAGE OF OTHERS.