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Publisher's Summary

Three weeks before Christmas, the little town of Chug Water in Wyoming Territory is stunned by a brutal crime. The mayor's family has been slaughtered in cold blood on their ranch outside of Raw Hide Butte. As the townsfolk gather to pay their last respects, Duff MacCallister saddles up to go after the killers. He returns with two outlaws - a cold-blooded, nasty pair of snakes, Jesse and T. Bob Cave. But the day before they're sentenced to hang, the Cave brothers escape their fate...
Into this holiday hell-storm ride three friendly travelers. Smoke, Sally and Matt Jensen, come to spend Christmas with Duff. But a deadly diphtheria outbreak leaves the town beholden to the mercy of the Cave brothers. It's a desperate bind to be stuck in, but Duff and the Jensens will use every bullet they can find to shoot their way into a bloody but merry Christmas.
©2014 J.A. Johnstone (P)2014 Recorded Books
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4 out of 5 stars
By Suze R on 02-12-18

Not your typical Christmas fluff

I was surprised by the serious plot of this "Christmas" book. While a couple of the characters are stereotypical, the story was completely original and unexpected. There were 2 main storylines but neither detracted from the other. Some plot points didn't work for me and the book wrapped up quickly after the climax which was disappointing. Overall would recommend.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 12-26-17

Vulnerability

Old West Christmas story that reminds me of how lucky we are to have modern laws and medicine. Wonderful characters round out a good story, but beware, not a typical cozy Hallmark Christmas.

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