An immense cold cache of $3 Million lies hidden in New Mexico Territory—meant to establish a New Confederacy at the right time; that time never came. Now two old Knights of the Golden Circle, Silas Newburn and Walter Clayton, want that money for their own clans.
Granddaughter Nellie Newburn is ordered to withdraw another hidden stash of $347,000 from Canada to finance the Newburn treasure hunt. When she hires ex-mountie Kent Rasmussen as security guard, he’s plunged into the Newburn-Clayton Feud as the long-riding Missourian Claytons steal the Newburn’s Canadian bankroll and seize Nellie as hostage. But veteran manhunter Rasmussen eventually frees the girl and tracks the Claytons across two states and a territory to the bewildering twists and turns of New Mexico’s Tres Lobos Canyon. There the steadiest nerves hold the key to fortune and life itself. Here’s another intricate but believable plot with a crackling narrative that’s Champlin at his best. —William Garwood