|Best Man, the (1979) [Novel]|
by William M. James
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(From the publisher):
For many moons Cuchillo Oro had tortured himself with memories of why he was sworn to kill Cyrus L. Pinner. The humiliation of his capture by the cruel horsesoldier... the horrible agony he’d endured when the Indian-hating officer cut off his index finger for “stealing” an ornate golden knife... the senseless slayings of his wife and baby... were grisly reminders of the white man’s injustices to an innocent people, and, for the young brave, there was no turning back.
Resuming his hunt for revenge, Cuchillo recalls the words of the ancient medicine man, Black Cave, who has warned that the mighty Apache warrior will always be doomed to failure... until the hated horsesoldier is married and the father of a son.
Then, once again, Cuchillo does cross the path of his avowed enemy – this time on the eve of the cavalry captain’s wedding.
With his fabled Golden Knife in hand, the avenging Apache awaits as Pinner pledges his troth... unaware that the bonds of matrimony may also seal his fate.
Original title: The Best Man
Genre: Fiction→ Western→ Native Americans
- Written by Terry Harknett.