With the drop of a judge’s gavel, Walt Walker lost everything that mattered to him. His badge and gun were stripped away, along with the moral certainty of right and wrong that grounded him. Now, his law enforcement career ruined, Walt is an insurance investigator in South Florida, wasting his nights in dive bars, trying to forget the mess he has made of his life.
Ronald Jacobs is also drinking – to his retirement. He’s putting his gun away, leaving behind a life in the shadows as a contract killer. Here’s to new horizons: he’ll become a respectable gentleman farmer, far from the reach and pull of his past life.
But both men’s pasts are not fully behind them. A chance encounter – and a failed assassination attempt – set the two of them on a collision course. Hunted by corporate bag men, criminal killers and the law, the unlikely pair tear a trail of violence and retribution across Western Colorado, finding that survival means putting their past in front of them and their differences aside.
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Roger Peppercorn has suffered for the better part of his life from wanderlust and this need to see the other side of the horizon has taken him to all parts of the world. The people and backdrop of his travels have served as the inspiration behind his characters and storytelling. As a child, his mother taught him to read and write. His father’s collection of Louis Lamour novels provoked the fantastical images in his mind and the romance of the written word. In the seventh grade, his history teacher brought the characters of a bygone era alive. From that point on, Roger began to hone his skills in storytelling. After high school, Roger took a course in creative writing that was taught by a long haired hippy in a Hawaiian shirt. Roger’s grandmother used to tell tales of traveling across the plains in a covered wagon, the woes of having a son sent off to war, and the larger-than-life man she met at Pea Green Hall who later became her husband. His first two novels “On The Devils Side of Heaven” and “The Sometimes Long Road Home” take place on the western slopes of Colorado, in the sleepy town of Fruita, where he grew up. They center on the strained relationships and sorted histories of three characters – Walt, Ronald and Jessica, and violence that erupts around them. Roger is married and is a father of four beautiful children. He currently calls South Dakota his home.