Robert J. Thomas
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About Robert J. Thomas
Robert J. Thomas #1 Bestselling Author in Westerns!
Robert J. Thomas began working at the City of Westland, Michigan, in September of 1970. In 1990, he was sworn in as the City's full-time Mayor. He won two reelection campaigns, serving twelve years before he retired in 2002.
His proudest achievement though, is his western series featuring the character Jess Williams. He has written and published over 100 books in the series to date on Kindle. He plans on continuing to write as many books in the series as possible. He was also selected as a KDP Select All-Star Author of the Month for three months in a row in 2014.
Kindle has allowed him to continue with the Jess Williams series and all his efforts will be focused on that series alone for the next few years. He has consistently ranked in the top 100 authors in his genre for the last few years.
Retired, he now lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his beautiful wife Jill, where he continues to write more Jess Williams adventures for his readers to enjoy!
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The two bounty hunters team up together. Wildcat helps Jess track down Ron Wexler, and Jess helps her find and take down the Jacob gang.
Each, alone, is a force to be reckoned with.
Together, they’re a deadly duo.
Meanwhile, the men in the village of Fulton capture the notorious, Ned Malone, who raped and strangled the wife of a Texas supreme court justice, in Calico. They call on John Bodine to come and get him.
Ned Malone is one of Deputy United States Marshal Frank Reedy’s worst nemeses. Reedy is the one who put him in prison and Malone has escaped…yet again. Two deputy marshals from Calico travel to Stratton to pick up Malone for his hanging, but Malone’s men murder them.
Reedy is hell-bent on seeing Malone hang and decides that he and two other federal marshals will escort him to Calico.
As soon as Jess finds out about it, he rides to Stratton, hoping to catch Reedy before he leaves. But Reedy has already left.
When Jess catches up to Reedy, he finds him wounded and the two federal marshals dead. After getting Reedy’s wound taken care of, Jess and Reedy go on the hunt for Malone and his men.
It turns out to be a long and bloody hunt.
Jess travels to Andrew, Texas, in search of Ward, but he’s not there. He runs into two of Ward’s friends. They know where he is, but they’re not talking.
Jess is not one to give up easily. Eventually he tracks down Ward and his two companions after they commit a brutal stagecoach robbery. Then, he’s sent on another assignment from Reedy.
The town of Bender, Texas, has become rife with drifters and violent outlaws. The federal marshal who had been sent there to clean up the town has been murdered. Jess travels to Bender and takes over the law in town until another federal marshal can get there.
As soon as the second federal marshal arrives in Bender, Jess goes on the hunt for the two men who murdered the first federal marshal. After tracking them down, he’s sent back to Bender again because the second federal marshal has been wounded in yet another ambush attack.
When the job is finally finished, the local cemetery has a lot of fresh graves.
After getting into the deserted livery in Worley, he discovers he’s actually not alone. A young woman and her son are hiding inside. They have been traveling on foot and have no food left. He finds out that woman and her son have been abused by the boy’s father.
He takes them to the town of Shelbyville, where the town marshal helps her and her son settle there. However, Scott Carroll isn’t in Shelbyville and Jess has to travel to Linden in search of him.
On another hunt, Jess discovers a second bounty hunter is after the same man. A deal is made, but things don’t go as planned, forcing Jess to make things right.
He returns to Shelbyville, only to find the marshal has been wounded and the woman he helped was beaten and robbed. He discovers that the boy's father and his two cohorts are the ones who did it.
When Conway discovers that Jess is in Lake Lillian, he kidnaps Fred as a bargaining chip in case Jess is on his trail. Feeling somewhat responsible, Jess goes after Conway and finds him, but has to let him escape in order to get Fred back alive.
After securing Fred’s release, Jess resumes the hunt for Conway. Along the way though, trouble seems to get in his way at every turn.
Then he meets Sam Smith.
While visiting the rancher, he finds out that Aker has killed two of Martin’s cowpunchers. Martin tries to pay Jess to go after Aker, but Jess won’t take his money, telling him he’s going after him anyway.
Martin talks Jess into letting his best hired gun, Eddie Pitman, go along with him.
Then Jess is contacted by United States Marshal Frank Reedy. Someone is killing lawmen using a Sharps buffalo rifle, but no one knows who the shooter is.
Jess is tasked with finding out who’s committing these murders of lawmen. Few clues emerge until finally Jess puts two and two together and discovers the killer’s identity.
Strangely enough, a harmonica is the key to solving the murders.
To make matters worse, this is one time Jess finds himself conflicted about killing a killer.
Jess finds himself in Liberty, Texas, in a running gunfight between himself and the crazed killer, Sully Hurst. Hurst gets lucky and escapes on his horse. Jess has a bit more trouble in Liberty before leaving town and going after Hurst again.
While searching for his next hunt, he arrives in Segundo, Texas, where he gets into a wild shootout in the saloon.
While in Bream, Texas, he learns that Ansel Maclin has escaped from the state penitentiary, killing one of the prison guards in the process. He decides to hunt Maclin down, but he soon finds out that this quest will have to wait.
He gets a message from the schoolmarm, Martha Heller, in Harrison. He drops everything and heads her way.
Mattie Smith, a woman with troubles of her own, finds Jess and nurses him back to health. Jess learns that Mattie is fighting to keep her ranch and the owner of the Double S ranch, Tom Stewart, is trying to drive Mattie out.
Mattie pleads with Jess to stay and help her fight off Stewart and his hired guns, but Jess has to find the men who ambushed him and get his pistol and holster back.
Jess goes on the hunt for the four men who left him for dead, but before he can get the last one, he gets a message that Mattie's ranch has been attacked by night riders and all but three of her men have been killed.
Jess returns to Henderson, Texas, to find Mattie and her three men holed up in the hotel and Tom Stewart on the verge of taking Mattie's ranch. Stewart starts a war with Jess that he can't finish, but Stewart doesn't know that yet. Before the lead stops flying, a lot of men will die, and Jess is determined that he will be the last man standing when it's over with.
Jess travels to Timber to find Sheriff Steele badly wounded and recuperating, and Pattie Nate with a broken arm and almost trampled to death from a bunch of outlaws led by a man named McCoy. McCoy and his bunch of outlaws kill Jess's old friend River Bend Bill and a few other townsfolk before the raid is over. They also trample Judge McBride's wife to death on their way out of Timber.
Sheriff Steele wants Jess to hunt down McCoy and his men and bring them to justice in the most severe way. Jess sets out on a long ride to hunt down every one of them. He is faced with several setbacks, but his dogged determination to get the men responsible drives him on, never giving up and never backing down.
On the way back to Allentown, Nancy makes Jess an offer for him to escort her to Stratton, Texas, where she and her husband were headed to. He refuses the job offer and warns her that there has been a lot of Indian attacks taking place between Allentown and Stratton, but she is insistent on making the trip one way or another.
Basil Thorndike, the second best bounty hunter next to Jess, shows up and his intention is to kill Jess because Jess is collecting so much bounty money. This is causing a disturbance with the other bounty hunters as well because they, too, haven't been able collect any bounties. Now the other bounty hunters are talking about teaming up to take Jess out of the business. Jess changes Thorndike's mind by offering him one thousand dollars to escort Nancy to Stratton. Before they leave though, his feelings of guilt and his mistrust of Thorndike forces him to go along on the trip to Stratton with Thorndike and Nancy.
Things are bad enough, but it gets worse when they come across a half-dead half-breed Apache along the trail and Thorndike has a hatred for Indians since they murdered his family. Jess insists on taking the Apache, Black Raven, to Stratton. He finds out that three men had left Black Raven for dead and kidnapped his half-breed squaw, Little Feather.
Once Jess gets Nancy safely to Stratton and keeps Black Raven locked up secretly in the Stratton Hotel, he waits for Raven to recuperate enough for him to travel. When they leave Stratton, Thorndike agrees to join them as long as he gets to keep the bounty money from the three men who kidnapped Little Feather.
The hunt to find Little Feather and the three men who took her turns into a nightmare for Jess. He's towing around Black Raven dressed up as a white man and after they find and rescue Little Feather, Raven insists that Little Feather join them on the hunt for the three men who kidnapped her. He finds himself with two half-breed Apache Indians, one dressed like a white man and one dressed like a white woman, along with a bounty hunter who hates Indians and might shoot Jess the first chance he gets.
Reedy explains to Jess that he needs him to accompany a private stagecoach from Oklahoma City to Juarez, Mexico. The private coach is carrying Matthew Hannigan, who is a personal representative from the President of the United States along with four tough bodyguards and Matthew's wife, Melinda, who is the daughter of one of the richest men in Mexico. Jess is to deliver them safely to Juarez, Mexico, to meet with a personal representative of the Mexican President to resolve a border dispute that is about to boil over and possibly start another war between Mexico and the United States.
At first, Jess refuses, but when Reedy explains all the details, he finally agrees; but only because if he takes the job, the Mexican government will lift the twenty-five thousand dollars in bounty money on his head for his killing of the once famous Mexican General, Pablo Zoreles, along with lifting the warrant on Jess's head.
Jess makes John Bodine accompany him on the long and arduous journey and when he meets the representative of the President of the United States, the conflicts begin. The bodyguards don't like the fact that Jess is to lead the group and Matthew Hannigan's wife, Melinda, slowly makes an unspoken connection with Jess along the way.
The trip to Juarez ends up being a long and dangerous one, fraught with robbers and Indians and to make matters worse, Jess becomes enamored with Melinda and he begins to wonder whether or not they'll make it to Juarez alive.
When Jess rides into town, his rest is quickly interrupted by some more men who are also wearing the black sashes tied around their right arms. Jess helps Bodine run them out of Stratton, but the whole matter turns deadly once Captain Lance Reagan rides into town with twenty-five heavily-armed killers to break one of their men out of the jail.
Once Jess and Bodine discover what Captain Reagan's real plan is, the battle ensues and lead starts flying and a lot of innocent people start dying. Reagan turns out to be a crazed killer with a diabolical plan that Jess has to stop, but Reagan isn't going to give up easily, and neither is Jess.