The gun fight: "John Benton was one of the toughest men ever to wear a Texas Ranger badge. Eight years ago, he hung up his guns for good. Or so he hoped. When young Robby Coles challenges John to a fight over an imagined slight, the older man tries to laugh off the affair. But rumors and gossip spread like wildfire through their dusty town and soon enough the entire community seems to be pushing both men toward a confrontation neither truly wants."--Page 4 of cover. Journal of the gun years: "A callow youth in search of excitement, Clay Halser travels the raucous frontier towns of the Old West, where a steady nerve and ready trigger finger soon mark him as a gunfighter to be reckoned with. As both an outlaw and lawman, he carves out a legendary career. But fame proves to be the one enemy he can't outdraw..."--Page 4 of cover.