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About the Author: Carol Buchanan

I believe that life involves risks, and no risk is greater than risking your very soul to save other people. In my novels people take that risk even when it leads into troubled moral waters and they must do things that need forgiveness.

When gold, greed, and a vacuum of law led to ruffians’ rule and a tolerance for murder, citizens took up arms against evil. They became known to history as the Vigilantes of Montana.
God’s Thunderbolt, The Devil in the Bottle, Gold Under Ice, and The Ghost at Beaverhead Rock (forthcoming Winter 2015) tell the story of Daniel Stark whose decisions test him in ways he never imagined. Joining the Vigilance Committee, lawyer Dan commits acts he cannot forgive himself for. When Martha McDowell’s brutal husband deserts her, she agrees to live with Dan though she fears McDowell’s return. But a greater danger arises when Dan is suspected of his murder.

I live in NW Montana where I enjoy walking up mountains, reading, caring for three 95-year-old peonies that I rescued from my grandmother's grave. I'm married to my best friend. Sir Richard, who shares my love of suspense stories and keeps my computers healthy.


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Paperback, Published in Dec 2011 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN10: 1468002538 | ISBN13: 9781468002539

Page count: 214

After Vigilantes ended a criminal conspiracy in Alder Gulch during the winter of 1863-1864, they founded a "People's Court" to administer justice. At the same time, Joseph (aka Jack) Slade has settled near Alder Gulch with his wife and adopted son. As a manager with the Overland Stage Co., he ruled 600 hostile miles by intimidation. While he worked for the Overland, passengers and the mail traveled on time, in safety. But Slade's drinking ended his career. He is a binge drinker, fired after he destroyed Army supplies at Fort Halleck. Despite his friends' attempts to persuade him to stop, his behavior continues in Alder Gulch as he wrecks saloons and stores. His friends, like Dan Stark, the Vigilante prosecutor, say there's a devil in the bottle. Early in March 1864, while on a spree, Slade threatens the People's Court judge at gunpoint and tells the Vigilantes they are "all played out." Dan and the other Vigilantes face a horrible choice. By yielding to Slade, they expose honest people to the criminals' rise. Yet Slade, despite his murderous reputation, has committed no capital crime to justify hanging him. Will the devil in the bottle get Jack Slade?

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