Conn Hamlett’s New Novel Summons Best of Western Genre

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‘John Lee Johnson on the Trail’ is a narrative of right and wrong in the 1864 Old West

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The characters are fleshed out to appear real and their feelings – making their feelings about life, love, and death more meaningful

Conn Hamlett’s new western novel “John Lee Johnson on the Trail: John Lee Johnson, Back and Bad” (published by Abbott Press) is a powerful story of a man who relentlessly does good, even when faced with the most horrible evil.

John Lee Johnson has just retrieved his Texas ranch from the nefarious Purvis Brothers, but the ex-Confederate has little time to enjoy his ranch before he feels obligated to fulfill a promise he made to a Union officer after a bloody skirmish in Lexington, Tenn.

Six days into his dangerous journey, John encounters a girl who leads him to the gruesome scene of her parents’ brutal murders. After determining Ridgeway Large is the likely suspect, John leaves the girl with friends, ignores his previous obligations and begins a dangerous quest to find the murderer and kill him. But as soon as surly Union officer Frank McGrew learns of John’s mission, he wants nothing more than to exact his revenge for his brother’s murder and send the Texan straight to the gates of hell.

Hamlett has worked hard to make his novel stand above everyday westerns. “The action and humor contrast it with other westerns,” he says. “The characters are fleshed out to appear real and their feelings – making their feelings about life, love, and death more meaningful.”

John Lee Johnson on the Trail
By Conn Hamlett
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 260 pages | ISBN 9781458206909
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 260 pages | ISBN 9781458206916
E-Book | 260 pages | ISBN 9781458206893
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Conn Hamlett was born in Hornersville, Mo. He has a graduate degree in history and has attended more colleges and universities than the reader wants to know. He has traveled to Europe 10 times and loves learning. Hamlett lives in Joelton, Tenn., but does most of his writing in Cardwell, Mo.

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