Three outlaws arrive in the country town of Big Tree, Calif., on a blazing hot day of a long dry summer, in this well-crafted western by veteran Pronzini (The Last Days of Horse-Shy Halloran). A huge shipment of munitions is a-sittin' in Big Tree just a-waitin' to be stole—and they're a-goin' to do it. But the burglary gets bungled, an explosion sets the town on fire and there is only one way out of the parched valley for the townsfolk—by train. That way lies peril, however, for not only is the only locomotive in some disrepair, but the munitions are on board, and the fire is spreading fast—as fast as the train is racing.
Praise for Bill Pronzini
"Pronzini makes people and events so real that you're living those explosive days of terror."
"Once in a crocodile's age you come across a writer whose work you instinctively like... I've found one—Bill Pronzini. Buy him, read him, and relax."
—Los Angeles Times
"A skilled writer working at the top of his ability."
"Pronzini delivers breathtaking suspense"
—San Francisco Examiner
"His novels are packed with adventure, fresh characterization, and minute-by-minute suspense."
"Pronzini is the master of the shivery, spine-tingling it-could-happen suspense story."
"Pronzini is a pro."
—The New York Times
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