Featured: Pecos Is Missing by John Rose Putnam
John Rose Putnam
What happened to Pecos? Is he lying wounded or severely injured in an empty land, or has he suffered a far worse fate.
While driving cattle north to a rail head, Andy Quinn, Pecos’s son, must find his pa who’d gone looking for missing cows.
In the bar of a rundown hotel in a tiny town where Andy had a great meal cooked by a pretty gal, several out of work buffalo hunters showed up.
He soon realized the cows were stolen and Pecos was hurt or worse.
It bewildered him but Andy had to sort it out fast.
Meet John Rose Putnam:
John came west as a young man and settled in Berkeley where he graduated from the University of California. He still lives and writes there and often gives a talk on the California gold rush to the gang at the Freight and Salvage.
He spent a lot of time digging into that gold rush too and many of his stories take place back then. John’s characters are so real they’ll jump right off the page and talk to you; his villains have hearts as cold as midnight and his heroes almost always do the right thing in the end.
He’s working up quite a reputation for his knowledge of that era too. His blog, My Gold Rush Tales, attracted the interest of some TV folks and he appeared in a segment for the Travel Channel about Henry Meiggs, the man who built San Francisco’s famous Fisherman’s Wharf.
While his first novel, Hangtown Creek, a story of adventure, romance, and coming of age in the early days of the gold rush, was published in 2011. His Into the Face of the Devil, moves between Hangtown and the sawmill where James Marshall first found gold, and pits a young man in love for the first time against a killer so evil he could pass for Satan.
From John Rose Putnam:
As far back as I can remember I’ve watched westerns. I grew up on John Wayne and Gary Cooper. They represent the good days of my youth and the values my parents instilled in me. And, in truth, many of those old westerns were morality plays. But they aren’t the westerns I write.
It is the California gold rush that entices me. More excitement gushes from those days than any time in our past. It was the greatest spontaneous mass migration in human history, a second settlement of the United States, this time from the west coast.
People came from all over the world. They mixed and mingled, argued and fought, but created the great state of California in less than three years, an incredible feat.
In 1848, when the gold was found, only ten thousand people of European descent lived in California, most around San Diego. At the end of 1849 California was home to nearly 100,000 souls, a remarkable increase.
Everything but gold was in short supply. Food, clothes and tools had to be shipped around the tip of South America. For those who came seeking wealth it meant both high prices and incredible opportunity. Everywhere men made fortunes.
And around each corner whiskey peddlers and card sharps appeared to pry that wealth from their hands. With law and order at first nonexistent and then ineffective men took matters into their own hands.
There were no jails. Criminals were expelled, flogged or hanged. Governments, when formed, were equally incompetent. Again men rose with force and replaced bad representatives with honest ones.
It lasted only five or six years but the gold rush opened the American west for settlement and pioneers would pour across the plains in hopes of a better life. Relive these exciting days with my novels, HANGTOWN CREEK and INTO THE FACE OF THE DEVIL, and my collection of short stories, TALES FROM THE PROMISED LAND, and find wild action amid the incredible excitement only a mad rush for gold can generate.
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