In this sequel to The Calling, Sheriff Luke Atwell and his deputies face individual and collective challenges from outlaws, gunfighters, renegade Indians, card sharps, and a thieving medicine show in a Kansas town in the 1870’s.
The personal lives of the lawmen also change, and nature takes its destructive toll on the town and its residents.
When a black neighbor’s family is attacked and the oldest son killed, the sheriff gets help from federal law enforcement, and they chase a band of marauding ex-Confederates out to undo the changes resulting from the Civil War.
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- An Ill Wind is the second in a series; a third is nearly finished
- The author was an avid rider but was thrown from a horse three times
- Characters (besides the main ones) in Book One appear in Book Two, and new characters in Book Two appear in the third book
- While the vast majority of characters in Book Two are adults, child characters play an important role in Book Two
- While largely fiction, some of the events and people are true
- The story is set in Kansas, but the writer has never been to the state
- Women are strong characters not willing to play second fiddle to the men in their lives
- One of the main characters, Peter, gets distracted by attractive women but still pines for a young lady killed by outlaws
- Peggy, a main character once married to a failed business owner, proves to be a successful store owner herself
- Book One ends with the suggestion of a wedding; Book Two opens with one
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