by E. Jefferson Clay
The note, found in a remote spot, summed it up:
“Señor Benedict is now my prisoner and will be held for ransom. You will ride to Panhandle, New Mexico, and wire the Americano’s rich father in Boston. He is to wire back the sum of fifty thousand dollars care of Señor Montoya. If you fail to do this or if the rich man does not pay, Benedict will be shot. If you do as I say he will be freed unharmed.”
Paulo Parada, a psychopathic bandit-turned-revolutionary, sent the note. From everything Hank Brazos learned, Parada was a sadist who killed men for pleasure … so Brazos had to act fast to prevent Duke Benedict, his partner, from ending up another notch on the outlaw's gun.