Due out some time next year, my sixth Black Horse Western novel, The Magnificent Mendozas. This isn't the official blurb, but it'll do for the time being:
THE MAGNIFICENT MENDOZAS
Southern Colorado, 1879. The gringo town of Conejos
Blancos has just hosted the Mexican circus; no sooner do they move on to their
next venue than Conejos is visited by Hart and over thirty desperadoes intent
on taking over the place – and the adjacent silver mine! The sheriff is
slaughtered and many of the townspeople are held as hostages.
desperation, two boys escape from the locked-down town. They recruit seven
Mexican circus performers, the Magnificent Mendozas: the troupe comprises
Mateo, the leader, and his wife Josefa, both expert knife-throwers; Antonio
Rivera, sharpshooter; Juan Suaréz, gymnast and trapeze artist with his
companion Arcadia Mendoza, who is also good with bow and arrow; José, younger
brother of Mateo, a trick rider who lusts after Josefa; and Ramon Mendoza,
escapologist. In order to penetrate the cordon of sentries and free the
hostages, the troupe employs their many skills.
everything runs smoothly, however. Soon, it’s a battle of wits between the
Mendozas, Hart and his men and the townspeople. There’s betrayal, bravery and
plenty of quick-fire action… and death on both sides.