Once again six-time Western Writers of America Spur award winner Richard S. Wheeler shows how smooth prose and careful historical accuracy, combined with his deep understanding of the land where he lives, produces a superior novel.
Another Barnaby Skye saga, The First Dance, features Barnaby’s mixed-blood son, Dirk, a civilian employed by the U.S. Army. Miles City, Montana, in 1885 is the setting for a futile military action aimed at sending runaway Metis people back to their Canadian homeland. Dirk’s love for a beautiful and mysterious Metis woman who deserts him on their wedding day creates all the necessary suspense. No light moments here, but this one does have a happy ending.