ABOUT THE BOOK: On Christmas Eve of 1876, a trail-weary preacher rides into a divided town on the verge of war. On one side looms a ruthless gang of outlaws and rustlers; on the other, the well-meaning pioneer founders of the fledgling town. In the middle stands the preacher, along with a free-spirited mountain man and the most beautiful prostitute west of New Orleans. None believe that the preacher just came to preach. That he has a past with a gun becomes known, but what-or whom-he's after is not. ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Armour was born in New Orleans and grew up in Texas. He has worked on several ranches and spent time in the saddle on five continents, more than enough time in the saddle in wild country to realize the majesty of God, the temporality of human endeavor, the triviality of pomp and circumstance, the futility of greed, and the remarkable behavioral semblance of mankind and sheep. He now resides in Northern Arizona with his wife Rachel, a beauty from the Sierra Nevadas who also handles a Winchester well. They enjoy all things outdoors, dining out in San Diego and Las Vegas, dogs, horses, and critters generally.