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Hard Trail to Socorro is a work of fiction.

Though some actual locations may be mentioned, they are used in a fictitious manner and the events and occurrences were invented in the mind and imagination of the author. Similarities of characters within to any person past, present, or future are coincidental.



Dedication

This book is dedicated to my grandchildren, William Wayne, Emily Sue, and Riley Wayne, in the hope they grow to discover and appreciate the kind of "cowboy heroes" who made a lasting impression on me as a child, and whose values I find to be increasingly important the older I get. -WD-



Bounty hunter Bodie Kendrick apprehended his prey without too much trouble. Claiming the reward, however, turns out to be not so easy.


First there is Veronica Fairburn, the beautiful woman who has her own business in Socorro and insists on sticking with Kendrick when he sets out to return there with his prisoner … Then there's the gang of tough ranch hands dead set on relieving him of the prisoner in order to dish out their own brand of personal revenge … Add in the Mexican desperado stalking the woman, and the band of renegade Apaches raiding throughout the region—and Kendrick has his work cut out for him.


Complicating matters even more are the feelings developing between Kendrick and Veronica.


But the greatest challenge of all may come from the daring passage they must attempt over the Jornada del Muerto—the Journey of the Dead, awaiting them in the merciless White Sands desert.


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