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THE CARMODY SERIES
by PETER McCURTIN

    6: SCREAMING ON THE WIRE

Riding north from Sonora to hire out his gun, Carmody didn't quite know what the trouble was about–and didn’t give a damn. The money was good and it looked like it was going to be a nice dirty old-fashioned range war. That's what Carmody thought, but that was before he saved the runty kid's life. After that things began to get complicated&ndashand murderous. Tex McCarty was the little killer's name, and he was a whole mess of trouble in one small man. He brought death to everything he touched, and the more Carmody thought about it, the more he knew there was only one cure for a man like that.

Published May 01, 2016
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    5: HANGTOWN

The Greenwoods made a bad mistake when they threw down on Carmody while he was walking away from a nice quiet bank robbery. They made a worse mistake when they put a rope on Carmody and dragged him. They should have finished the job. They should have killed him and then shot him some more, to make sure. Because Carmody wasn't about to give them another chance. The Greenwoods were the toughest gang of killers in the Indian Territory, but when Carmody started after them they were as good as dead.

Published February 01, 2016
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    4: TALL MAN RIDING

The Greenwoods made a bad mistake when they threw down on Carmody while he was walking away from a nice quiet bank robbery. They made a worse mistake when they put a rope on Carmody and dragged him. They should have finished the job. They should have killed him and then shot him some more, to make sure. Because Carmody wasn't about to give them another chance. The Greenwoods were the toughest gang of killers in the Indian Territory, but when Carmody started after them they were as good as dead.

Published November 01, 2015
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    3: TOUGH BULLET

Carmody wanted a good time in New Orleans. With eleven thousand in stolen money in his pocket, he figured to enjoy some good liquor and bad women before he headed back to Texas. But it didn't work out that way, and he found himself framed for a brutal murder. The slickers who robbed and framed him thought Carmody would cut and run, but they didn't know Carmody. He works hard to get money and it makes him mad to take the rap for someone else. Slugging and shooting his way through the hellholes and back alleys of New Orleans, he taught the slickers an important lesson. Don't mess with Carmody– it'll get you killed!

Published July 01, 2015
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    2: THE KILLERS

Wounded, and barely managing to stay one step ahead of a posse, Carmody came up with the perfect cover – acting sheriff of Salter City, a quiet little town in the middle of nowhere. But things didn’t stay quiet for very long. A green-eyed blonde named Sally had run away from her kill-crazy husband, one-time Civil War raider Sam Thornton, and straight into the arms of the notorious Eldredge clan, the meanest bunch of sheriff-hating wool hats who ever shot a man in the back. Caught between these two factions was a dangerous place to be … as Carmody quickly found out!

Published March 01, 2015
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    1: THE SLAVERS

Traders in Indian slaves did big business in the New Mexico territory. The Mexicans had been slaving Indians for hundreds of years, and though it was supposed to be against the law, ruthless men were still getting rich on human misery with the help of crooked judges and greedy politicians. The big ranchers wanted cheap labor and slaving was an open secret in the Territory, with the law and the Army looking the other way. Carmody knew it was none of his business. He just wanted to free one Indian family – he owed them his life – and then ride out. But it wasn't that simple. The slavers held all the aces, and thought they could run him out. Carmody showed them how wrong they were.

Published December 01, 2014
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  ABOUT THE SERIES ...

Carmody is, on the surface at least, just another trail-wise adventurer. Sometimes he is presented as an outlaw, sometimes as a gun-for-hire. Whatever his current occupation, however, Carmody's eye is always on the main chance, as McCurtin's tough, spare narrative frequently makes plain.

Carmody's exploits set the tone for most of the westerns McCurtin was to write over the next two decades. His view of the frontier is harsh and unforgiving, a place where a man with any sense looks to his own safety, and to hell with everyone else. McCurtin's westerns are fast, violent and chauvinistic, but the violence and sex are seldom overtly explicit. McCurtin further distances his protagonist from other stock western anti-heroes by recounting the series in the kind of hard-boiled first-person style normally associated with the private-eye genre.

In the first book, The Slavers, Carmody locks horns with a powerful rancher who treats his Indian employees (who once saved Carmody's life) like slaves. In Tough Bullet Carmody is living high in New Orleans when his money is stolen and he is framed for murder, while in Screaming on the Wire (possibly the best book of the sequence) he tangles with a psychotic killer claiming to be the younger brother of Billy the Kid. In The Killers Carmody pins on a marshal's badge in order to dodge a posse, and finds himself caught between a bunch of outlaws and a clan of hillbilly killers, while one of the weaker novels, Tall Man Riding sees Carmody tracking down the men who attacked him and stole the proceeds of a bank robbery he has just committed.