The Swan Range -- Books and Stories by Carol Buchanan

Cover for The Ghost at Beaverhead Rock

Coming in 2015!

The Ghost at Beaverhead Rock haunts Dan's return home when a sentence he voted for six months previously is carried out -- on a man who has no feet. Haunted by the ghost of a hanged man, when the new Deputy Sheriff accuses him of murdering his wife's first husband, Dan must find the real murderer or face the same fate he helped to visit on others.

As I've written on Facebook and elsewhere, I discovered an historical error that has led to rewriting the entire novel. It will be a much better book when I do bring it out!

The Vigilante Quartet

In 1863 one of the richest gold strikes ever in America lured people to what would become Montana Territory. They brought their opinions about the Union or Secession and their attitudes toward other people's gold. With neither codes of law nor a legal system, honest men did the best they could to curb the armed robberies and murders that happened with increasing frequency throughout the last half of 1863. Then a particularly vicious murder and the trial of the murderer resulted in convincing men to form a Vigilante Committee to combat a secret criminal conspiracy.

The four historical novels that make up the Vigilante Quartet tell the story of how the Vigilantes of Montana put an end to ruffians' rule and the tolerance toward murder.

In God's Thunderbolt, New York attorney Daniel Stark comes to Alder Gulch to get enough gold to redeem his family from debt and disgrace. But before he can go home with his treasure, a cruel murder leads him to prosecute the murderer in a makeshift miners court. Enough evidence emerges to indicate widespread criminal activity that only a secret vigilance organization can fight.

In The Devil in the Bottle the Vigilantes have completed their work and Alder Gulch is safe. Still without a code of law, Dan and the other Vigilantes establish a "People's Court" to try crimes through due process of law. But a month later, Joseph "Jack" Slade goes on another bender. He challenges the Vigilantes and mocks the Court. Dan and the others must either persuade Slade to go home or surrender their authority to the chaos he creates. But Slade has committed no capital crime.

Gold Under Ice takes Dan home to New York. He does not have enough gold to pay the debt, so he risks it all on the trading floor of the Gold Room. When he realizes someone is trying to steal his gold, he sets out to track the culprit, but not until a close friend is murdered does he learn that the plot lies too close to home.