A trio of short stories from the incomparable Les Savage, Jr., the title story of which combines the thrills and action of a traditional Western with a tale of gripping horror.
In this Western trio, title story 'Gambler’s Row' opens with the arrival at Silver Slipper on Custer Street in Laramie, Wyoming Territory, of a man known only as Drifter. He has been hired by Faye Warren, the beautiful and capable woman who owns and operates the Silver Slipper. Gerald Pine, a reformer, was murdered at the intersection of Custer and Second, and there was an eyewitness to the killing, a witness who has since disappeared.
In "The Ghost of Jean Lafitte", Ernie Denvers is running for his life when the stolen horse he is riding collapses. He proceeds on foot until he meets a mysterious woman who leads him to an ancient Colonial house that was once the hideaway of the notorious pirate Jean Lafitte. "The Ghost Horse" is set in Wyoming. Calico Rivers makes his living catching wild horses. Since his wife’s death, he has lived alone with his 13-year-old son, Eddie. While eluding the sheriff, they come upon an Appaloosa stallion.
In The Legend of Yallow Hole cattle rustlers Bibo Adams and Running Iron Smith arrive in Yallow Valley. Running Iron returns to the shack where they have been staying to find Bibo gone and a young woman named Ardis Manners who holds a rifle on him. Running Iron is needed for a job and Bibo won’t be released until he completes it. The Curse of Montezuma continues the sage of Elgera Douglas, known as Señorita Scorpion. A powerful Indian claims to be the reincarnation of the great Aztec leader, Montezuma II, and is organizing the Indian tribes to found a new Aztec empire.
In the sooty blackness of a Tucson alley, Rim Fannin got word that 20 heavily guarded freight wagons were traveling by night toward Tubac. Still bitter over his father's murder, Rim takes a job as a mule skinner with White Mountain Freight, suspecting its owner, John Romaine, of having a hand in his father's death. He wasn't very good with a mule whip but he managed until his train was attacked by Indians.
Previously unsuccessful businessman Paul Hagar manages to secure the most sought after quarter section in all Converse County, but hanging on to it will set him against some very ruthless adversaries....
A mysterious mine, an operative on the trail of a missing man, and freight wagons carrying contraband weapons all feature in this trio of Western stories from the great Les Savage, Jr.
Murder, kidnap, and dishonest ranchers all play their part in this Western quartet.
When Alan Craig’s father was shot years ago, there was no doctor in Coffin Gap to help him. Now Alan has returned with his medical degree.
A bullet clipped Dirk's hat off. Another stung his hand. After four years in prison, Dirk Hood returns to the hate-filled battle zone of Caprock - where two gangs of ranchers and their hired guns still fight for the water from a dying river. Can either side win this war, or will someone else?
Johnny Vickers has been offered a deal: rescue Judge Ken's kidnapped daughter from her Apaches, or be charged with murder of his rival. As Vickers follows the trail, he becomes more and more enchanted with the woman he seeks - and he is not alone. Navajos have also spotted the judge's daughter and are taken with her.