On a scorching summer's day in 1903, the sheriff of Creek County, Eugene Grey, unexpectedly finds himself partnered with feisty young federal marshal Forest O'Rourke. The marshal is hell-bent on capturing a wanted man - a man Eugene knows as nothing but an amiable old geezer living quietly in the hills. But, of course, all is not as it seems.
Everyone in the sleepy little town of Bodey, Colorado knows Jack Tulle as a widower, a doting father, and the honest owner of the general store. He sits on the town council. He dotes upon his eight-year-old, headstrong daughter, Abigail. But when the local saloon announces plans to host a poker tournament, Jack realizes it could spell trouble. One of the many secrets he's been hiding is that he used to be a swindler - mainly cheating at poker, but he had done worse when a situation presented itself.
The 5 shortlisted titles for the BBC National Short Story Award 2011 administered in partnership with Booktrust, containing: Rag Love by M. J. Hyland, read by Mike Sengelow; The Heart of Denis Noble by Alison MacLeod, read by Tim Pigott-Smith; Wires by Jon McGregor, read by Lydia Wilson; The Human Circadian Pacemaker by K. J. Orr, read by Indira Varma; The Dead Roads by D. W. Wilson, read by Trevor White.