Articulate, finely structured, deftly paced and subversively original, Kinch is an intellectual white-knuckle ride. Set in a time which is now or any time, in a place which is England or anywhere, and against a backdrop of barbaric extremes of religio-political corruption, 14-year-old Kinch and his associates, Pigeon and Brownie, each try to salvage coherence and integrity from the moral chaos that surrounds them. Kinch is a fantasist, romantically obsessed with avenging the murder of his anarchist father; Pigeon is an insecure literate naïf of unknown parentage, and Brownie an itinerant actor and frustrated poet now in the pay of the religio-political hierarchy as an informer. Taking place in and around the walled cathedral city of Axton, the story charts the adventures of its three main characters over a seven-day period. As we follow them through their sub-universe of violence, farce and melodrama, our own ideas of cognition, motive and memory are teased apart to expose the redemptive epiphanies of the organic and material world. The form and distinctive appearance of the novel are resonant with the rhythms and cadences of painting and music, while the lyrical and darkly expressive text becomes in itself an agent for the very nature of perception.
The young drifter had a taste for life. The old gunfighter had a date with death. Their friendship led to a killing storm-- and a true legend of the frontier. He was young and hungry for life-- a scarecrow kid alone in a lawless land. Something about the boy named Kinch Riley made hardened railroad agent Mike McCluskie take him under his wing: show him how to fight and shoot and sample the bawdy wonders of a wide-open boomtown. But Kinch got too fast with a gun just as a band of Texas outlaws rode into the Kansas railhead of Newton. And for the first time in his life, McCluskie will walk into a battle he can't win-- because a boy's future is at stake, and so is a man's soul. Kinch Riley is Matt Braun's masterful retelling of a true Western mystery-- the Newton General Massacre of 1871-- when six men died in 90 seconds, a boy vanished into the plains, and a legend was born...
KINCH RILEY Newton, Kansas, 1871: One is a young drifter alone in a lawless land. The other is an aged gunfighter well-versed in the bawdy wonders of a wide-open boomtown. When these two lost souls come together one August night, and battle a band of Texas outlaws, the legend of Kinch Riley will be born.... INDIAN TERRITORY When hired gun John Ryan heads into Indian Territory with a brawling crew of railroad workers, a battle of bloodshed and treachery ensues. But when he later meets the proud Cherokees—and the beautiful daughter of and embattled chief—Ryan sees for himself how his employer's steel rails are splitting the heart of a people's last home. Can his conscience keep him from pulling the trigger?
Two of Matt Braun's most beloved novels—now newly repackaged as a 2-in-1! The Old West comes vividly to life in two novels from bestselling author Matt Braun Something about the boy named Kinch Riley made hardened railroad agent Mike McCluskie take him under his wing. But Kinch got too fast with a gun just as a band of Texas outlaws rode into Newton, Kansas. For the first time, McCluskie will walk into a battle he can't win. Kinch Riley is the masterful retelling of the Newton General Massacre of 1871. In Hickok and Cody, Russia's Grand Duke Alexis has arrived to hunt buffalo. His guides are two heroic deadshots, Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody. But a train approaching from the East will provide Alexis a front-row seat to murder and mayhem that will set Hickok and Cody on the trail of cold-blooded killers.