Dave P. Fisher                        
Author & Western Humorist

Double Diamond Books                      
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      Historical Western Novels

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   Virgil Creede Novel - No. 3

  The year is 1897, the country is gripped in the throes of a great depression. An aging Virgil Creede, and his son Jake, continue to courier documents and cash within Montana, making enough to keep his family going.

Gold is trickling out of the Yukon and Alaska without much notice, until a huge strike is made on the Yukon’s Klondike River, and men begin flocking to the north. Fred Pickett brokers a deal between a Seattle company and Helena investors for a gold claim on the Klondike. Virgil and Jake are given the job of carrying the quarter million dollars of invested money to Seattle.

The deal turns out to be a scheme, and the money is stolen en route. Virgil and Jake set out on the trail of the money, which leaves murders and betrayal in its wake. They follow a false trail to the gold town of Skagway, Alaska where they encounter the two most unlikely people, who join forces with them to solve the puzzle behind the stolen funds. With these ‘unlikely associates’, they return to Seattle to run their own con game to recover the money.


       A Pack of Scoundrels

  Virgil Creede Novel - No. 2 

Butte, Montana is poised on the verge of a copper boom. The scent of money draws the unscrupulous like blood draws wolves

Gordon Fox, a man reclusive and arcane, has been drawn in with the intent of establishing a criminal organization that will take control of the copper market.

Bella Priest, the New Orleans assassin, is following the scent to Butte with her entourage of scoundrels. Fox has recruited Bella for his partner, but Bella has plans of her own.

Fred Pickett hires Virgil Creede to secretly carry documents to Butte to finalize his investment in a huge copper prospect. When Virgil is attacked in an effort to steal the documents, and an attempt is made on Fred’s life, Virgil sets out to find who is behind it.

Pinkerton Agents Hawkes and Greene begin digging into the swirl of mysteries surrounding the attacks. What they find boils down to one unsettling impression, the Chicago syndicate they crushed three years previously is not as dead as they thought.

    Buck the Tiger

   Virgil Creede Novel - No. 1

‘Mercenary,’ ‘Gun for hire,’ and ‘Most dangerous man in Montana’ were the saloon and barber shop rumors about Virgil Creede, but the real man, whom they didn’t know, lived by a personal code with very high standards. Anyone bent on harming women or families went against that code, and for that reason Dora Pickett sought him out.
Merciless Chicago underworld boss Jerome Pickett had set up business in gold-rich Helena, Montana dealing in money and murder. When he targets his own son for execution, Dora asks Virgil to help her innocent brother and his family escape their father’s retaliation. He accepted the job.

As Jerome Pickett learned, Montana wasn’t Chicago, and Creede didn’t play by Chicago rules, he made up his own. When Dora joins forces with Virgil to buck the tiger against a vicious crime syndicate she comes to understand that there is much more to the mysterious Virgil Creede than a gun.

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Devon Macleod awoke staring at the swaying pines rising into the sky above him. He had been shot, his outfit stolen and he didn’t know why. When the tough old widow Abby Chaney found him half-dead on her Bitter Grass ranch and got him home, she swung Macleod’s future into an unexpected direction.

He learned that Abby and her daughter Katy were hanging on by threads to their ranch in the Strawberry Mountains. They were pressed from the south by tyrant Charles Sampson, who wanted their rich summer pastures, and from the north by timber man Egert Taylor, who wanted the Bitter Grass timber, both of whom were willing to kill the women to get it.

Never one to back down from a fight or forget a favor done him, Macleod wanted two things: to find those who had bushwhacked him and get his outfit back, and repay the Chaneys for saving his life. None of them knew how much their worlds were about to change the day Macleod buckled on his gun and stepped into the Bitter Grass fight – least of all Devon Macleod.

    Good Men Stand
Sequel to MACLEOD

A year after Charles Sampson was sentenced to prison accusations and rumors that Brian Richards had stolen Sampson’s ranch begin to circulate among smaller local ranchers, who fear that he will do it to them. When the talk turns to threats of burning Richards out, Devon Macleod steps in to back his friend.
Driven by a dark secret from the past, outlaw Harper Sloan shows up in Drewsey with his gang to further agitate the ranchers into taking action against Richards. What shadowy purpose lay behind Sloan’s actions is a mystery to them all. When his home is attacked and Sam Raven is found shot in the back, Richards has had enough. Backed by his men, Macleod, and the Parker brothers, he sends a loud and clear message to the Drewsey faction of rancher and outlaw alike, “He wanted a war, now he has one. Tell Harper Sloan that Brian Richards has come out to fight.”


    Beaver Valley -
         Stories of the Men and Women Who Built the West

Courage, integrity, and honor were highly respected traits among the men and women who built lives in the early days of the American West, but were they ever subject to indecision, doubts, worries, loss, guilt, and even fear? Yes, after all these were real people with all the same emotions we deal with today. Yet they prevailed, making the right decisions, quelling the doubts, and overcoming their fears.

  Among the 17 stories in this collection you will meet people like Cooper Thompson who can no longer run from his family in He’s My Brother, and Cassie Dahlman who sets out to defend her rights in The Shooting of Rebel Tanner. U.S. Marshal Preston Yates investigates four murders connected to a letter in The Double Deal. There is an accounting for loose tongues in Watch Your Words, overcoming loss, doubt, fear and worry in Mrs. Reynolds, and Old Nate’s Farewell, and witness the consequences of deception in I Did You Wrong. Along the way you will also meet Eli and Rob in Beaver Valley, Case Bristol in Monty’s Last Hand, and Ward Pohl in The Blood Oath, all of whom set out to right wrongs that have been done.
These are men and women of the true westward movement, not the “Western Myth” as some claim. It was real and so were the people.

   When Dusk Falls

Nineteen-year-old Dane Chandler rode away from his father’s grave with one intention – to kill the man who had murdered him over a maverick yearling. As he left behind his home, his place on the Branson Ranch and, most importantly, the girl he had planned to marry, his father’s best friend left him with a prophecy and a light, ‘The time will come when you will see the error of this decision. You will be lost in an endless night, but dusk comes before the night, Dane remember that. Before the night, when dusk falls, remember the way home.’
The next two years found Dane living the life of a gunfighter, hired gun, and professional gambler. Then came the day in Denver when he found himself lost in that endless night and knew it was time to put up the gun and go home, yet it was not to be that easy. There was still one more fight and the final showdown with the man who had once been his partner and his best friend.

  The Hanging of August Miller

Texan August Miller, Marshal for Judge Parker, and former Confederate cavalryman, could never accept the South’s defeat in the war. Thirteen years have passed since the surrender, yet August will not let it go. His hatred for all things ‘Yankee’ only deepens over the years as he watches the Northern victors “lord-over” the defeated South, and carpetbaggers grow rich on the spoils.

Finally, pushed to the brink of his paper-thin Yankee tolerance, he strikes back and becomes a wanted outlaw on the run. Envisioning himself as a Confederate patriot, he returns to Texas and delivers another blow against a hatred Yankee carpetbagger, an act that makes him both hero and villain in the eyes of Texans. It is a fame he rides until he realizes his life is spiraling out of control; he loses his family and far more than he ever gained.

All that waits for him at the end of the road is the gallows. But can a man change, and with a little help from his friends make a new life?  Yes, he can. Until the day August Miller is caught and hung.  But was he?

Justice Owed

When Ryan and Tessa Monroe perish in their home’s blazing inferno their three sons, long estranged from each other, return to Tucson for the funeral. Differences continue to divide them until two spent bullets, revealed in the hand of the undertaker, brings them to the shocking realization that their parents were murdered and the fire set to cover it.
While the brothers search for who would murder two beloved, elderly store owners, a long-buried history emerges painting a picture of a past they never knew existed; a past that boils down to one man and his obsession for revenge.
During their hunt for the murderer, the brothers come to realize that blood is thicker than the petty differences that have divided their past as the quest for the justice owed their parents rebuilds the bonds between them.


The Outlaw Hunter
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Eli Warren didn’t consider himself a bounty hunter. He hunted outlaws like some men hunted wolves or mountain lions. The bounties he collected were simply payments rendered to a workman, and he was a man good at his work.
Under Eli’s flint-hard exterior, that was merciless to outlaws, ran a wide streak of kindness that showed itself the day he picked up a starving orphan in Dodge City and took him along. He soon learned that the twelve-year-old Rob Slater harbored a common intent with him – to run down the elusive Parson gang. He for the $10,000 reward, and Rob, because Jude Parson had murdered his folks. Rob asked Eli to teach him the trade so one day he could look Jude Parson in the eye and square things with the killer.
Under Eli’s tutorage the two came to turn the outlaw world on its ear until the day Eli honored his brother’s dying request and took his young daughter into his care touching off a series of unexpected changes that would forever mold their futures.


The Turning of Copper Creek

Copper Creek rested quietly in the Nevada desert, peaceful on the surface, but churning with corruption and violence beneath. Run by The Council, it was ruled with an iron fist and hired guns. In a move to control the entire region when gold was discovered The Council, a secret organization of men who had built the town around a copper mine and on the graves of those they had murdered, began to eliminate neighboring prospectors and settlers. The settlers, miners, and ranchers fought back. The winning cards all belonged to The Council until one of the miners, the father of U.S. Marshal Preston Yates, sent a wire to his son asking for his help and the authority of his badge. Shortly after Preston Yates rode into town the battle for Copper Creek began. Will the solid citizens of the area prevail against the murderous Council and their hired thugs, or will The Council once again have their own way?


Zak Doolin's Gold

Betrayal and murder was the legacy left behind by Zak Doolin, along with two panniers filled with gold ore that no one had ever found. His reprobate children, Candi and Reg, wanted that gold yet they were no closer to it than anyone else. Obsessed with her lust for the gold, Candi would stop at nothing to possess it. Then Spence Logan rode into town.

The first thing Spence did was get into a gunfight saving Rose Kindle from a man bent on doing her harm. In doing so, he drew Candi Doolin’s interest. In Spence, she saw the perfect chess piece to manipulate to learn the location of the gold from the only man who could possibly know: Mac Kindle, Rose’s bedridden father who still carried Zak’s bullet in his back.

Before Spence knew it, he was being drawn into a maze of secrets, but he was no one’s chess piece. Spence Logan had a good side that extended to the Kindles. He also had a bad side that made him a dangerous man to cross, and Candi and Reg Doolin were very quickly getting there.


                                        Gold Medal  2014 Best Western Novel               

No Trial Needed

 Eight years ago Owen and Aiden MacMahon were headed back to their Nebraska ranch with seven good Morgan horses purchased in Mankato, Minnesota – they never made it home. The MacMahons continued to run the 50,000 acre ranch, yet always wondered about Owen’s and Aiden’s mysterious disappearance.
When an organized outlaw faction moves into the area stealing MacMahon cattle, killing one of their hands and bushwhacking Cade, the eldest son, leaving him for dead the iron-tough MacMahons had had enough. No one stole from, broke a trust with, or shot a MacMahon without it coming back on them in aces and eights.
Miles and Bren MacMahon go hunting for those responsible. Their search leads them to an old enemy and the answer to the eight-year-old mystery. Retribution would be swift, in the MacMahon fashion, and no trial was needed.


  Stare Down the Devil

Raised in his mother’s Blackfeet village, Buck Drake knew little about the white man’s world except for the example of his British father Jules, a man devoid of courage, honor, and morals.
To escape a raid gone bad, Jules betrays Buck into the hands of the Fort Bridger soldiers and Buck vows to one day hunt him down. The Fort Bridger Commander gave Buck a choice: agree to work in a covert unit in the escalating War-Between-the-States, or hang as a criminal. He chose the war, a decision that swept him into a life-altering journey through the white man’s world, and to making friends who would shape his future.

The ensuing years found Buck a war hero, Army scout, drifter, and convict. He was a man trying to find his place in the rapidly changing West, ever drifting between his Blackfeet people and the bigger world around them. Then, came the day his old friends recruited him into a manhunt for a criminal gang led by the murderous Jules Drake. Here he would find the path to his future, while at the same time fulfilling his vow.

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