John Yancey: A Western Romance (Taking the High Road series Book 1)
by Morris Fenris
(Changing Culture Publications)
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Need to track down an outlaw? Bring a desperado to justice? Catch a pickpocket or a rustler or a crook? Then John Yancey is your man. John Yancey, Pinkerton agent.
Noah Harper has just hired John to locate his thieving half-sister. According to Noah, Cecelia Powell made off with part of his inheritance after their father's sudden death in a carriage accident, and Noah wants it back.
John follows Cecilia's trail to a Boston madam's bawdy house and the 1860 gold fields of California. San Francisco, to be exact.
But all is not as it seems.
For one thing, pretty Miss Powell doesn't fit anyone's image of a criminal. For another, she is apparently living far too respectable a life, as owner and headmistress of an Academy for Girls.
Just how much of what Noah has claimed is actually true?
Still, delving into the young woman's background reveals that she was, indeed, born in a bordello, and she has become the owner, whether legally or not, of controlling interest in a gold mining conglomerate.
Further investigation finds that she is sharing a residence with an older man, Gabriel Finnegan, while at the same time becoming betrothed to one of the city's pillars of society, insipid and ineffectual Josiah Kingsley. Josiah is neither too insipid nor ineffectual, however, to demand complete financial and emotional control over his vacillating bride-to-be upon their marriage. The lady herself is proving to be an enigma.
John sends his final report to Noah Harper via Pony Express. San Francisco's attractions beckon, and he is able to explore the area. Nice enough, he decides. Maybe he'll relocate here, settle down, start his own agency.
Until Noah Harper shows up, armed with all of John's information and spoiling for a fight.
That's when the complications really begin.
More about the Yancey Brothers Series
Taking the High Road is a series of 10 books detailing the adventures and exploits of the Yancey Brothers.
Ten boys were born to a plantation owner in ...
Length: 112 Pages (2,928 KB)Lending: EnabledAdded: Jul 10th, 2020