Anasazi Trail

Jackson Deveraux, would not normally consider robbing a stagecoach. However, since he was forced to leave town in a hurry he was in need of ready cash. Belle Townsend wouldn't have thought to rob a stage, except her gambling beau, Curtis McAllister, said he had a foolproof to plan that was sure to pay off in gold and silver coins. Of course, Curtis had no way of divining Jackson's plans to rob the same stage.

“Have you got a better idea?” Jackson Deveraux said, his tone couched in sarcasm. His gaze swung between the pair of them, before he turned his attention back to the strongbox, patting the lid.

“As a matter of fact I do,” the lady stated coolly. Slipping a small Ivers & Johnson top break .38 revolver from her purse she nudged the would-be robber in the back with the muzzle. “But first I need you to put your pistol on the floor along with the guard’s.” The robber froze, in shock feeling the gun barrel poking his backbone. The revolver didn’t look like much; cheap owl-head grips, tall front sight, small frame; but at this range, it was certainly potent enough to put a hole in a man. Deveraux slowly, carefully put down his pistol.


Stopping the stage proved to be rather simple, which pleased Jackson. The driver and the shotgun guard appeared to be reasonable men. Their grumbling response while their stage was robbed at gunpoint did not involve an exchange of gun shots. Therefore, it came as something of a surprise to Jackson when the lone passenger, Belle, robbed him at gunpoint. Being robbed by a woman, while he was attempting to rob the stage was a painful bruise to his ego. However, it wasn't nearly as painful as meeting Belle's double-crossing partner. Curtis McAllister shot both of them! Then he took the money and the riding horses, leaving the two of them to to die.

Anasazi Trail is a fast moving novel of greed, treachery, and hard-time, set against a backdrop of the myths and legends of the Navajo people. Aided by a Navajo warrior, two graduates of Yuma Territorial prison, Belle Townsend and Jackson Deveraux, search for a stolen treasure guarded by a skin-walker in a city abandoned hundreds of years before the coming of the conquistadors.


The pistol tucked into the waist of the cowboy is an Ivers & Johnson .32 made in 1893. It is a break-front revolver, with a star ejector, similar to the mechanism introduced by Smith & Wesson. It was also available in .38 caliber, mentioned in the novel as Curtis McAllister's hideout pistol.The .32 and .38 were visually and functionally identical. The pistol is small, compared to a Colt .45, easily tucked into a shoulder holster or a sash wrapped around the waist. It isn't hard to imagine Curtis McCallister carrying the pistol as a hideout weapon. When introduced in 1893 it could be purchased for the sum of $6.00.

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The pistol on the cover is a Deringer, popular with gamblers during a certain period. It is a small break-front two-shot weapon, easily concealed. The image is from a photo taken in Virginia City, Nevada. It is the classic Remington Double Deringer, which was manufactured from 1866 to around 1935. It held two .41 caliber rim-fire cartridges and was notoriously inaccurate at any distance over twelve feet. The pistol is small, compared to a Colt .45, easily tucked into a wasitband or a boot.