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Mark Simms, son of John, the Fugitive Sheriff, and grandson of Luke, the Founding Sheriff, is sworn in as Deputy on his birthday in October, 1905. From the moment his hand touches the Bible, his swearing in is interrupted by cattle rustlers. They got their start with the stolen money from the robbery that led to his grandfather’s death in 1883. The artist who changes the brands is also the hired gun. For thirteen years, the deputy grows into his future as the final Sheriff Simms of Summit County as he and the sheriff pursue the rustlers who discover butchering is a better way to hide brands. They grow and tie up with the meatpacking monopoly.
World War I’s end and the recession that follows it stop the monopoly. The big company from the city cleans up its own mess with a series of accidents. Simms still needs to investigate the drowning of the hired gun, now with his father’s death, as sheriff. He pins on the family star. Before he can bury his father and wrap up the decades-old series of crimes, the Spanish-flu comes to Coalville.
Hardest hit in the whole state, his little community needs his leadership.
Forever Sheriff is part of the High Mountain Sheriffs series of books by Edward Massey.
“A slow-burning, engrossing, quietly philosophical Western.”
— Kirkus Reviews
“With Forever Sheriff Massey concludes his High Mountain Sheriff Series, and he does it with a grace and skill that goes beyond one religion or one community, and speaks directly to what it means to lead an honorable life.”
“While historically accurate fiction, Forever Sheriff, like the other two in the series, once again has resonance for our current lives. It’s a great tale with strong characters that will have you shaking your head with the parallels and contrasts to today’s world.”
— Edward Eggert
“Massey is adept at keeping the storytelling authentic and well-paced.”
— Sue Ready
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