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About Johnny Gunn
I’ve had a wonderful and varied time along this bumpy highway called life. I spent my early years in Santa Cruz, California, swimming, fishing, and wallowing in the splendor of redwoods, the Monterey Bay, and a loving family. Then, my four years of high school were spent living on the Island of Guam. That was back in the early 1950s Yes, Virginia, I am that old, but only in body, not spirit.
My first job in radio was in 1958. I bought the Virginia City Legend newspaper in that old western mining community in 1971, and retired from having a job in 2010. That’s when I changed from being a reporter of news to being a writer of fiction, and over these last few years have found my western and crime/mystery stories published as novels and in magazines and anthologies, around the world.
My beautiful wife Patty and I live on a small hobby farm about twenty miles north of Reno, Nevada, sharing space with a couple of fine horses, a flock of egg-producing chickens, and some breeding rabbits. You’re always welcome to visit. I need help cleaning those corrals.
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Murder, infidelity, and intrigue…a Western whodunit full of enough twists and turns–and plenty of action–to satisfy even the most hardened of appetites!
It's a wet spring in 1870s Eureka, Nevada, when the wife of a leading mine owner is found murdered while on a picnic with her housekeeper. The woman has had numerous romantic adventures with other men, including saloon and hotel owner Gordon Hatfield, Blacksmith Abe Afeldt, and District Attorney William Phelps.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Terrence Corcoran believes any one of the men, including the woman's husband, may have been responsible for the crime. While investigating, Corcoran discovers that Hatfield is in serious financial trouble. Enough so, that Hatfield arranges to have his business burned down while simultaneously plotting to rob the Eureka Bank.
An insurance investigator named Arthur Bellows joins Corcoran in his effort to solve the crimes which keep stacking up, with seemingly no end in sight…
Johnny Gunn's iconic cowboy drifter duo are back in the saddle for another rip roaring adventure!
Snake and Dog-man, two foot-loose young men enjoying the freedom of adventuring in the 1870s, fight their way through the great Mojave Desert, one of the deadliest places on earth, as they try to make their way to the Pacific Ocean. Mojave and Paiute Indians, ruthless outlaws, and desert dwelling loners are just some of the problems they must defeat. Snake is faced with an even more difficult problem, and her name is Louise.
Their quest was to be from Arizona to San Diego but they turned north to follow an emigrant trail along the fabled Mojave River. From water hole to water hole, from mining camp to mining camp, Snake and Dog-man encounter the dregs of humanity on the one hand and some of its finest on the other hand. It’s when they find a young girl, injured and alone, that Snake’s real troubles begin…
To make it to the Pacific, they have to beat the Mojave…
Continuing their trek to California by guiding a freight wagon train to Tucson, Arizona Territory Snake and Dog-man run into trouble when they meet a family along the way. From there, the trouble never stops, and gun fights, injuries, and death ensue.
Once in Gila Bend, Dog-man learned that steamboats ran between Yuma, Arizona Territory and Guaymas, Mexico. Since it was on the way to California, they made the ride to Yuma, only to find themselves in more trouble.
The drifters knew they had to continue their trek to California – it was then they realized it was the open road, the unknown over the horizon that was most important to them.
A CAPTIVATING, NON-STOP ACTION TALE OF THE OLD WEST
A stage coach hold-up turns into a federal judge’s wife being abducted, brutalized, and murdered. Federal marshals Bull Morrison and Slim Calhoun are called in and in that moment everything goes downhill.
Outlaw Gus Emerson and his partner Hawknose Mackenzie lead the Marshals deep into the Walker River Canyon where they fight off Indians in at least three battles, but the even more devastating crimes are being committed by Federal Judge Chastain back in Mormon Station, Nevada Territory.
A simple robbery, Indian fights, small town riots, and A Judge Gone Wrong – Johnny Gunn delivers the second Slim Calhoun, Bull Morrison Western.
Warren’s foreman, Sonny Belafleur, is an outlaw using the Warren ranch in a cattle rustling operation tied to feedlot owner Blake Wilson. Wilson has found a flaw in Nevada’s laws concerning brands and when ownership is transferred and is using that flaw to rustle considerable heads of beef. One rustling attempt brings the operation into focus for Jack Slater and his highly intelligent adopted son, Rob. An inept sheriff begs Slater to end the rustling but continues to get in the way.
Warren’s anger and hatred get the best of him and he sends hired gunslingers to burn out the Slater ranch and kill the family. The former Orphan Train boy is driven by love of family and responds with overwhelming ferocity, ending any further threats.
United States Marshal Bull Morrison and his deputy, Slim Calhoun, are sent to investigate and stop a threat to the new United States Mint in Carson City, Nevada. The alleged threat includes blowing up the mint and both men believe the real threat is an attempt to steal the first delivery of gold and silver coins.
The marshals are hindered in their investigation by a detail of federal treasury agents from the Washington, D.C. area, sent as protection as the mint is built. They bring with them all of the arrogance of the country’s capitol, don’t believe the marshals, and are not prepared for an attempted robbery or explosion…
Attempted escapes, gun fights, chases across the great Nevada desert, even the destruction of the Warm Springs Resort, finally brings everyone to either their death or their capture.
A vicious gang of killers moves into Elko County, Nevada and stages a robbery following the Fall Stock Sales killing several and nabbing thousands. Disappointed by the sheriff’s slow response, Jack Slater, whose herd was at the sale, takes matters into his own hands and leads a posse of ranch buckaroos in chase.
The gang is led by Pa Appleton, a couple of prison friends, and his son and daughter, each with numerous killings under their belt... and each harboring doubts about Pa as their leader.
A more inept gang would be hard to find, yet Pa's gang continues to evade capture, killing people at every chance as they’re chased through Mound Valley and into the rugged wilds of the Ruby Mountains.
Personalities play a large part in this western novel as extreme danger brings out the best and the worst in those taking part. Despite heroic efforts by the good guys, it seems the bad guys are going to win this time.
SADDLE-UP FOR GUNFIGHTS, SALOON BRAWLS, A TOUCH OF ROMANCE, AND MAYHEM IN THE OLD WEST.
The southeastern Nevada mining camp of Pioche was known as one of the most corrupt and dangerous communities in the silver state. When it was rumored that a federal judge might be involved in schemes dealing with water and land issues, U.S. Marshal Bull Morrison and his deputy, Slim Calhoun were sent to investigate. They discovered rampant lawlessness led by a corpulent mine owner and allegedly backed by a federal judge in Salt Lake City.
The marshals were outnumbered and outgunned, but when they called for help from the local citizens, they got it. Schemes to control the waters of Lincoln County, to illegally acquire existing ranches, and to sell non-existent mines or phony stocks were among the crimes taking place.
“Five stars and more, is all I can say about this amazing story of realistic old American western folklore!”
U.S. Marshal Bull Morrison and his deputy, Slim Calhoun, ride into Aurora, a rowdy Nevada mining camp, to escort a large gold shipment to the U.S. Mint in Carson City. A gang, led by local businessmen and the deputy city marshal are determined to make that gold shipment their own. Bull Morrison is usually looking to pick a fight and his partner is often found egging him on. They are delighted to find the deputy city marshal is a psychopath and is also looking to pick a fight.
Chasing bad guys in a blizzard on a high mountain pass near the 9,000 foot level is just one of the obstacles faced by Bull and Slim. It gets worse as the blustering and inept gang leaders try to hire killers to save their necks.
Thieving and hijacking plans deteriorate to chaos, men die, women are abducted, and Aurora, the Goddess of Dawn, Burns.
A pair of nomadic cowboys are ‘asked’ to leave Deadwood and travel south to what they think would be gold country. Along the way, the two vagabonds manage to get in trouble, help others, cause trouble, and find the gold they set out for.
Their adventures are rollicking fun some of the time, incredibly dangerous often, and they are able to maintain their dignity most of the time. One might call them searchers…always looking for something, not knowing what that something is.
Winters in the high mountains of central Nevada can be fierce, with ridges above eight thousand feet, heavy snow snaps trees, hurricane winds blow trees down, and man and beast are not safe. A botched train robbery sends Corcoran and his posse chasing the killers, deep into the Cortez Range as the first major blizzard of the winter arrives.
Is Corcoran looking at two gangs, rustlers and bank robbers, or are they somehow connected? It is the connection that is confusing. The rustlers try to kill Corcoran and his posse. The bank robbers try to kill Corcoran and his posse, but it is the connection that allows Corcoran to win.
There’s humor, danger, and just a touch of buckaroo romance in the sixth Terrence Corcoran Western.
Life in the Oregon Territory frontier village of Brookside is drastically changed when schemes and frauds turn violent. Families are split apart, and good citizens die in this first novel in a continuing series of life in Oregon’s frontier period.
Brookside, Oregon Territory in the late 1840s is a ranching and timber producing village made up of those willing to face the dangers and hardships of frontier life. Some are honest, hardworking, and family oriented while others become criminals, killers, and opportunists.
Farmer and rancher Jacob Hoagland works through a rough period and, into the new year, is faced with a growing family relying on him, an opportunity for farm growth, and a community that finds it needs him, too.
Irene Creighton is married to an animal of a man who believes it is a man’s right to beat on his wife at will. After years of abuse, she fights back with a cast iron pan. Her husband’s death leads to the discovery of his participation in land fraud within the territory.
Ben Thorndyke is the village’s most successful businessman. His company builds the tools and appliances needed by the timber industry and by the farmers and ranchers in the little valley. In turn, his retail farm and ranch supply emporium sell what he builds along with seed and other needed supplies. He is a community leader and friend of the governor.
The county constable, Tobias Kennedy, came to America from Ireland and landed in Brookside. He gets his information through the menacing use of an oak walking stick, a constantly questioning mind, and a distinct desire for Irish whisky and Oregon brandy.
These lives, along with the loves, joys and hardships accompanying them, will bring questions of criminality to a conclusion. But not everyone’s life will take a turn for the better…