Leaving school early with few qualifications, Bryan Holmes went to work in a factory and then, in his own words, "got cheesed off, jacked it all in and went to university." Upon graduating he went to work teaching economics in a College of Advanced Technology and stayed in the profession for the rest of his working career. Bryan started writing seriously in the 1950s, but it was only in the mid-1970s that he turned to the western. "The odd thing is I'd never read a western until I'd written my first. Of course, I've read many since -- either to see how others do it or to read the books of writer-friends -- but I originally fell into the genre quite by accident." After The Avenging Four was accepted for publication, Bryan never looked back. In addition to a steady stream of accomplished westerns, he also began to sell short horror, crime and SF stories in the fields of science fiction, "and hearing actors speak my lines on the BBC, no less."
What started out as a straightforward chase ran bounty hunter, Jonathan Grimm - the Reaper - smack into hard-case gunmen aiming to cut him down. At the tail end of his life, how could he afford to keep tangling with younger, trigger-happy gunnies? But one thing was dead certain—before the last man was left standing, a lot of lead was going to fly.
Jonathan Grimm had been a bounty hunter for far too long. One last job would bring him the $10,000 he needed to retire. But first he had to ride all the way to California and confront six trail-hardened sonsobitches. One by one his victims ended up in Boot Hill, it never occurred to Jonathan Grimm, the no-nonsense killing machine known to history as the Reaper, that this might be his last ride.
He had two men on his "Wanted" list. That meant a passel of riding and just maybe a passel of gunning before he ticked off the names. Any other time Jonathan Grimm could handle it. He was a bounty-hunter, the best – that’s why they called him the Grim Reaper. But this time things were a mite different. He was lumbered with a ten year-old girl and she was just as hell-fire irritating!
In the path of the white man’s westward expansion stands the camp of the largest gathering of warriors ever seen. These are The People – Sioux, Cheyenne and Arapaho: former enemies united into a massive force by Chiefs Roman Nose and Red Cloud. Now the legendary frontiersman, Shatterhand, is sent by General Sherman to parley with the chiefs ... and if possible avoid a full-scale Indian War!
Old Shatterhand, was a fictional character created by German writer Karl May. A Legend Called Shatterhand is the first to be revived by B.J. Holmes. There was a power keg of trouble brewing: Sioux and Crow are on the warpath, the British wanted horses and didn't care who supplied them; an Army pay is up for grabs. Shatterhand is the man you call on to sort out this kind of trouble.
Bounty Hunter Jonathan Grimm was ‘The Grim Reaper’, for his signature was on receipts for the human freight that he brought in. Jesse James had a reputation of his own, as the West’s most notorious outlaw. Missouri 1882 , the paths of the two men crossed. There could only be one outcome between these men who sought survival ...
Three bandits charged with murder were released for lack of evidence from Juarez Jail, Mexico. Yellowed file clippings also record that shortly afterwards their bodies were discovered. Someone had stalked and methodically dispatched them one by one. It was never learned who had dispensed the justice that the renegades had evaded in court. Maybe the answer went something like this ...
Arizona Territory had to earn its star on the banner if it was ever to become a fully-fledged state—and that meant cleaning up its own back yard, a nowhere place at the frontier’s edge that provided a refuge attracting no-goods from all over the country. It was a politician that had the idea of hiring a no-conscience killing machine to do the job. And bounty hunter, Jonathan Grimm fitted the bill.
When Tom Connor first disembarked at Puget Sound, eager to settle in the northwest with his bride, little did he know that he was to take a long, long journey. This is a saga of violence, death and revenge that bears witness to the emergence of the bounty hunter known to history as ‘The Reaper’.
First in the all-action "The Reaper" series.