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Cottonwoods: A Western Novel Synopsis

Norwegian Immigrants Rolf and Torval Hauge struggled for ten years to gain financial success on the plains of South Dakota. Their first big break came in 1907 when Will and Frank Malcolm invited them to join their cattle company east of Belle Fourche. The new partners never dreamed this chance would bring with it a baffling series of attacks aimed at putting their company out of business. Included were the theft of horses, the wanton killing of six prime steers ready for market, breeching an irrigation canal to flood ranch headquarters, the murder of the ranch cook and the unexplained death of a troublesome neighbor.

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"The turn-of-the-century era comes alive because of the author's diligent attention to detail and skilled use of language... humorous... poignant."
  – Robin Farrell Edmunds, contributing writer, Manhattan Mercury
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"Cottonwoods is an action-packed ranch story."
  – David Kromm, Ph. D.
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"Cottonwoods is a suspenseful story in an authentic historical setting."
  – Darrell W. Smith
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"Stolen and slaughtered livestock, burning barns, and breached irrigation ditches are just the beginning of events that lead to murder and the possible demise of the brothers. Cottonwoods is an entertaining western yarn."
  – Bill Markley in Western Writers of America ROUNDUP MAGAZINE
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