Douglas & McIntyre
Lightning

Book details:

January 2003
ISBN 978-1-55365-010-2
Hardcover
6" x 9"
432 pages
Fiction
$32.95 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

Lightning

An epic cowboy novel where the Mounties are drunken bootleggers and vigilante hangmen vent their anger in the lawless night.

Lightning takes up where Fred Stenson’s Giller-nominated and much-honoured previous novel, The Trade, left off. It is 1881, and the fur trade has been forced to move over and make room for another economy. Seven thousand cattle are crossing the border from Montana into newly named Alberta. The open-range ranch era, Canadian style, is about to begin.

Doc Windham, a Texan, is one of the cowboys trailing the Cochrane herd, and it marks the first time in fifteen years that he has emerged from southwestern Montana. Leaving sanctuary, he must pay the price in longing and fear. Pearly, the lover he lost along the West’s frontiers of silver and gold, is hiding somewhere in this vast land. There too is the strange, implacable enemy Doc once left for dead, a man who has hunted him with joyless determination ever since.

Harrowed along the north road by these ghosts of murder and loss, by walls of wind and shards of lightning, Doc finally enters an abundance of grass that is the buffalo’s final tomb. Here, where so many try to begin again, Doc will too, if the vengeance seekers and his soul’s own hunger will let him.

About the Author

Fred  Stenson

Fred Stenson

Fred Stenson is the author of The Great Karoo as well as Lightning and three previous novels: Lonesome Hero, Last One Home and The Trade. The latter won ...

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