Robert James Steelman (1914-1994) worked for the Army as a civil electronics technician from 1936-1949 before publishing his first novel in 1956.
It's 1876. Three brothers head west to California to find their fortune, but end up settling in the Arizona badlands instead. There's courageous Big Saul, as huge and solid as the boulders he used to build his earthen home... there's his middle brother Dave, who is fast with a gun and with women, including Saul's wife Eda, who runs off with him...and there's teenage Joey, perhaps too honest and too innocent for the brutal country he's trying to tame before it beats him down.
"It has excitement and really moves right along." St. Albans Daily Messenger
The Sioux were among the greatest of Indian nations. Strong, proud and unequaled as fighters. And to the white settlers in the plains, they were predators, a nightmare-made-real. There were few white men who survived an encounter with the Sioux, even fewer who earned their respect and their friendship. One man did, a professional gambler and gunfighter named Beau Mannix. This is his story.