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Crafting another action-filled story in THE WELLS FARGO TRAIL series, Jim Walker brings to his growing circle of readers all the suspense and mystery they expect in this unique American writing category called Westerns. Writing from a setting in the 1870s, Walker has brought to life the men and women of the West who survived the Civil War and are seeking a new life on the frontier.
In The Warriors, Zac Cobb and his brothers Joe and James are asked by the Secret Service to go into Mexico and rescue their bandit brother Julian, who is being held there as a prisoner, yet is also wanted by the federal government. Zac is suspicious of the government's motives in the matter, and having become engaged to Jenny Hays, he has no desire to risk his life or his murderer brother.
But when Joe and James decide to go, on the way escorting an aristocratic Mexican woman and her daughter to near where Julian is being held, Zac shadows them across the desert and discovers they are not alone. In army patrol, scalphunters, a band of Apaches, and the Mexican army are all involved. Is the secret what Julian Cobb hold really worth dying for?
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With rumors swirling around a series of stolen gold shipments, Wells Fargo sends Zachary Cobb to the California gold fields to investigate the unsolved robberies. A gang of vigilantes called the Vindicators have taken it upon themselves to prosecute men suspected of the hold-ups, but while innocent people are being lynched, the real bandits seem able to strike with impunity any time they choose.Maintaining his undercover status by visiting a cantakerous aunt who lives nearby, Zac discovers that the Vindicators are controlled by corrupt federal officials. He also discovers the judge to be a former commander of a Union prison camp where two of his brothers were imprisoned during the Civil War.Emily Morgan, whose fiancé was lynched by the vigilantes and whose brother is the local sheriff, helps Zac in his search. She is determined to bring all those involved to justice, even if it includes her own kin.But when Jenny Hays shows up at his aunt's house and is pulled into the mystery, Zac has much more than a dangerous investigation to solve!
In The Dreamgivers, Zac Cobb investigates a series of stagecoach robberies that he suspects have been engineered by the railroad, but finds himself an unwitting participant in the struggle for control of the opium trade. Jeff Bridger, the local sheriff, and Jenny Hays, a young woman who owns the town's restaurant, also become involved. Whoever has been supplying the railroad with Chinese workers and opium is more than willing to kill anyone who gets in the way.
A desert ambush of a stagecoach that Zac had sworn to protect the young boy who is left without a father, the discovery of the opium connections, and the kidnapping of Jenny lead Zac and Sheriff Bridger on a desperate mission of rescue. But hired assassins and powerful underworld figures await them.
Men and women readers who enjoy action while getting to know the characters will love this story.
In Part I, contributor Russell Hardin argues that before one can understand trust one must account for the conditions that make someone trustworthy. Elinor Ostrom discusses evidence that individuals achieve outcomes better than those predicted by models of game theory based on purely selfish motivations. In Part II, the book takes on the biological foundations of trust. Frans de Waal illustrates the deep evolutionary roots of trust and reciprocity with examples from the animal world, such as the way chimpanzees exchange social services like grooming and sharing. Other contributors look at the links between evolution, cognition, and behavior. Kevin McCabe examines how the human mind processes the complex commitments that reciprocal relationships require, summarizing brain imaging experiments that suggest the frontal lobe region is activated when humans try to cooperate with their fellow humans. Acknowledging the importance of game theory as a theoretical model for examining strategic relationships, in Part III the contributors tackle the question of how simple game theoretic models must be extended to explain behavior in situations involving trust and reciprocity. Reviewing a range of experimental studies, Karen Cook and Robin Cooper conclude that trust is dependent on the complex relationships between incentives and individual characteristics, and must be examined in light of the social contexts which promote or erode trust. As an example, Catherine Eckel and Rick Wilson explore how people's cues, such as facial expressions and body language, affect whether others will trust them.
The divergent views in this volume are unified by the basic conviction that humans gain through the development of trusting relationships. Trust and Reciprocity advances our understanding of what makes people willing or unwilling to take the risks involved in building such relationships and why.
A Volume in the Russell Sage Foundation Series on Trust
Set in the 1870s in the desert of northern Arizona, The Desert Hawks opens with an action-filled story guaranteed to hold the interest of any Western buff. This new book entwines mystery and suspense in the lives of villains, Indians, innocent bystanders, and Zachary Cobb. Each has made choices to survive the challenges of a harsh frontier, and each must face the consequences in a tale of intriguing paths that cross unaware.
Zac Cobb, an agent for the Wells Fargo Company, is on assignment in Arizona to track down the bandits robbing army payrolls and murdering the armed escorts. The tension mounts when the habits of one of the men Zac is tracking become disturbingly familiar. The leader of the outlaw gang turns out to be Julian, his embittered brother, whom Zac hasn't seen since he disappeared during the Civil War.
The two brothers face off in a confrontation between good and evil as they are thrown together in an attempt to run the rapids of the Colorado River to escape a band of marauding Indians. Innocent people become entangled in the embroiled fight for survival between Zac and Julian.