The Curly Wolf by Michael Kayser
Approx. 93,230 words.
Published on September 9, 2010.
People know the sleepy-eyed youngster only as "Arizona." Give him a badge and he'll kill anyone he's paid to. The settlers in the Redbud Valley are peaceable folk, but they've been pushed too far by Joe Brody, who wants their land and seemingly has the law on his side. He's got Arizona, too…unless Theresa Gutierrez can work a healing miracle on his stone-cold heart.