Peter McCurtin

Biography

Peter J. McCurtin was born in Ireland on 15 October 1929, and immigrated to America when he was in his early twenties. Records also confirm that, in 1958, McCurtin co-edited the short-lived (one issue) New York Review with William Atkins. By the early 1960s, he was co-owner of a bookstore in Ogunquit, Maine, and often spent his summers there.
McCurtin's first book, Mafioso (1970) was nominated for the prestigious Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award, and filmed in 1973 as The Boss, with Henry Silva. More books in the same vein quickly followed, including Cosa Nostra (1971), Omerta (1972), The Syndicate (1972) and Escape From Devil's Island (1972). 1970 also saw the publication of his first "Carmody" western, Hangtown.
Peter McCurtin died in New York on 27 January 1997. His westerns in particular are distinguished by unusual plots with neatly resolved conclusions, well-drawn secondary characters, regular bursts of action and tight, smooth writing. If you haven't already checked him out, you have quite a treat in store.
McCurtin also wrote under the name of Jack Slade and Gene Curry.

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Books

Sundance 22: Scorpion
Series: A Jim Sundance Western. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,760. Language: English. Published: August 7, 2018 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Burt McGill had more to offer than a beautiful wife and a nasty disposition—he had five hundred new Winchesters. And nobody needed them more than Sundance’s old compatriot Paco Acosta—the only honest man in Mexico. Too late, Sundance realized that McGill was in cahoots with the man they called The Scorpion, a killer who aimed to be crowned Emperor of Mexico. He also wanted Sundance dead!
Sundance 21: The Marauders
Series: A Jim Sundance Western. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 51,510. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2018 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Jim Sundance was no lawman, but when his friend John Tree was gunned down by the notorious Ryker gang, he found the swiftest course of revenge was to take the job of sheriff of Cimarron City. The last two sheriffs had been brutally murdered by them and now they aimed to take over the town. but Sundance would rather face the savage killers alone than turn his back on the townsfolk.
Sundance 20: Los Olvidados
Series: A Jim Sundance Western. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 54,300. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2018 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Down in Old Mexico, Jim Sundance ran into an old friend, down-and-out lawyer Jorge Calderon, who was engaged in a lonely battle to save a poor Indian tribe from slavery. The gunfighter joined the fight against a Mexican army colonel and ruthless landowner Lucas Bannerman, the mind behind the slave ring. Sundance knew how desperate and dangerous it was to try to fight the enemies of his people.
Sundance 19: The Day of the Halfbreeds
Series: A Jim Sundance Western. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 55,850. Language: English. Published: September 30, 2017 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Led by Métis leader Louis Riel, trouble was brewing in Canada among the halfbreeds and full-blooded Indians. Jim Sundance was the logical choice to infiltrate the band of rebels in order to prevent an insurrection that could only lead to widespread bloodshed. For the first time in his life, he was faced with the necessity of betraying his own people - Sundance wasn't sure he could do it!
Sundance 18: The Nightriders
Series: A Jim Sundance Western. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 53,520. Language: English. Published: July 31, 2017 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Jim Sundance could be a deadly enemy, but he was also a lifelong friend. Simon Tolliver found this out when the halfbreed showed up to help him save his ranch from land-grabber Greeley Nash.Nash had an outlaw army at his disposal, led by an ex-cavalry officer whose hatred of Sundance knew no bounds.Sundance loved a good fight, and this looked like it would be one of the best!
Sundance 17: Man Hunt
Series: A Jim Sundance Western. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 39,030. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2017 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Western, Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Sundance was riding north from Arizona to Seattle at the request of an old friend. Several trappers had been murdered.There were no clues except for an old piece of wood found near each body with one word, Carcajou, burnt into it. Once Sundance set foot in town than he found himself in a tangle with a couple of gunmen. Just before the two men died, one managed to utter a single word: Carcajou!
Carmody 6: Screaming on the Wire
Series: Carmody. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 32,160. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2016 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
When Carmody saved a kid's life down New Mexico way, little did he know that things would get complicated and 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.
Carmody 5: Hangtown
Series: Carmody. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,110. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2016 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Carmody rode into the Sangre de Cristo hills looking for a girl. The girl was worth $10,000 if he could get her away from the Garrison bunch, the meanest killers in the whole southwest. Carmody knew what the Garrison bunch would do to him if he failed. That didn’t bother him. What bothered him was the fat man who hired him and the girl he was supposed to rescue.
Carmody 4: Tall Man Riding
Series: Carmody. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,850. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2015 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
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.
Lassiter 4: Gunfight at Ringo Junction
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 37,910. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2015 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
When Lassiter broke out of jail with the Irishman Pierce McCain, the next logical step seemed to be joining McCain’s half-breed army in their crazy rebellion. McCain needed guns, and Lassiter agreed to get them—for a price. There would be big money if he succeeded and a swing in a noose if he failed!
Carmody 3: Tough Bullet
Series: Carmody. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,620. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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. It didn’t work out that way - he found himself framed for a brutal murder. Shooting his way through the hellholes and back alleys he taught his enemies an important lesson: don't mess with Carmody—it’ll get you killed!
Lassiter 3: The Man From Lordsburg
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,580. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2015 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Action
Lassiter rode up from Lordsburg to Abilene with money on his mind. Texas Jack Chandler—the richest, meanest bastard in the Lone Star State-was on the trail, heading north with a huge herd of cattle, and a fortune in gold. All that stood between Lassiter and the biggest haul of all time was Chandler—and the most vicious rag-tag army of killers ever gathered together in one place.
Carmody 2: The Killers
Series: Carmody. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 34,520. Language: English. Published: February 26, 2015 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Escaping a posse, Carmody hides in the quiet town of Salter City posing as the acting sheriff. It doesn't stay quiet for long as he finds himself in between a runaway bride escaping her kill-crazy husband and the Eldredge Clan - a mean bunch that ever shot a man in the back with a fierce hatred of the law. Carmody finds that Salter City was a dangerous place to be.
Lassiter 2: The Man from Del Rio
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 36,060. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2015 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
When Lassiter found a man with two arrows in his back, he picked his pockets for some easy money. He left the corpse to bury itself and high-tailed it into a situation that had him fighting for his life from the very beginning. Lassiter’s trying to find a hoard of buried silver worth a cool $100,000. The only trouble is, ten other tough hombres have all got the same idea. High western adventure.
Carmody 1: The Slavers
Series: Carmody. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 39,850. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2014 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Adventure » Action
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.
Lassiter 1: High Lonesome
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 33,210. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014 by Piccadilly. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
Lassiter rode into a mess for $250. He was to kill a man that had killed his employer's brother. He had been in town for four hours, been braced by the Sheriff, offered a job by the Rebel, and when he tried to ride out of town, had to kill the Sheriff and his deputy.Now he's the Sheriff and charged, for a piece of the action, with getting rid of the Yankee and his pet gunman. First in the series.

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