(From the publisher):
Three years earlier Lee Strate left the security of the family farm in Kansas to seek his fortune. And he found it, too - $5000 worth. But one night on the trail in Texas it is stolen by two men named Patch and Tollie - who shoot him and leave him for dead. Bleeding and alone, Strate begins to think maybe leaving Kansas wasn't such a good idea. But along comes Jack, a freed black man, who saves Strate's life and agress to help him track down the $5000. Heading first to Houston and then to Galveston, they find that the two thieves are working for a powerful man named Colonel Benson - a man infamous for his hatred of both Yankees and blacks, a man for whom the war has not yet ended. Strate finds out that Benson is involved in agitating racial tension among Galveston's dock workers, known as Cotton Jammers. Telling the white workers that the blacks are trying to take over, and telling the blacks that the whites are taking unfair advantage of them, Benson has worked both parties into a near frenzy. All this unrest is coinciding with a visit by Pres. Ulysses S. Grant. As Strate and Jack infilitrate the two groups of dock workers, they hear some ominous rumors about the Colonel's plans. Strate's growing friendship with Sally Radford, the daughter of one of the Cotton Jammers, brings him closer to cornering the thieves - if they don't get Strate first. But when the cat-and-mouse game becomes deadly, the two gunmen begin to realize the shattering implications of the sinister political plot that has emeshed them all.
Original title: Galveston Gunman
Genre: Fiction→ Western→ Bad Men and Good