Flannery he didn’t know. Salt Crossing was a town in north Texas. He’d never been there. And Eva was his wife!
Brodie had come home from the Civil War minus his left arm to find his wife had sold off everything and left town with a man. Word was they’d thought him dead. He never looked for her, drifting, working whenever he could find it. Here he was a bartender.
A week later he rode into Salt Crossing, having been curious of what Eva had wanted. The first thing he noticed was the name Flannery on almost every business. That cleared up one mystery. Now to find the other.
He found Eva and her man in a saloon, the Deuces High, that she’d won in a card game with Flannery, the big man in town. She’d run a bluff and he didn’t like that she’d legally won the business from her. Mainly that everyone knew a woman had done that to him.
He wanted it back.
Eva was a beautiful redhead used to getting what she wanted from men. That was apparent when she made it clear, without actually saying it, that she wanted Flannery dead. But Brodie was past caring what his wife wanted. Or so he thought. What he didn’t like was being braced by Flannery’s gunmen.
He decided to hang around town for a while.
A Fine western novella by James Reasoner. It can be found HERE