Trail Hand: A Western Story
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Date: April 2015
Duration: 7 hours 8 minutes
Owen Burke is at loose ends in the Mexican town ofSan Rafael. While at the local cantina, he overhears a conversation between twoMexican vaqueros seated nearby and decides to introduce himself. The two menwork for Don Enrique Hernandez de Allende at a horse ranch some distance south.The don is planning a horse drive to the north and then west to California,where the don's brother-in-law has a ranch. Owen knows those trails and hopesthe don, who has never made the trip before, might be in need of a guide.
As luck would have it, the don and his daughter,Rosa María, are impressed with Owen. The ramrod, a man named Chavez, is atougher nut to crack. Suspicious of gringos in general, Chavez also resents theattention that Rosa María is inclined to pay Owen. When Owen is ambushed on thetrail by bandits who later drive off the horses, Chavez blames Owen for guidingthem into a trap and leads his riders after Owen to even the score. To becaptured by Chavez and his vaqueros means death, so can Owen find the thievesand recover the horses?
TrailHandis a taut, highly dramatic story of danger that is increasingly suspenseful and rich with sharply etched, unforgettable characters.