I am excited and proud to announce the publication of THE CONFLUENCE.
In the last quarter of the 19th century, Godwin Merritt discovers the entrance to his Colorado silver mine is legally on his neighbor’s property. Without tipping his hand to his neighbor, Danforth, he sets out to purchase the land to secure his rights. Schemers in the boomtown below the mine team up with Godwin’s old rivals, The Black Rock Runners, to snatch the land away and with it all the silver it puts out.
Danforth finds himself on the wrong end of the sheriff’s gun and dies in a negotiation. His spirit persists in haunting Godwin throughout his battle with the old rivals, at times aiding him and others driving him mad. Danforth practices a dark art he acquired long before he died when he was a sailor in the Mosquito Fleet tearing up and down the Gulf of Mexico chasing pirates in the early-mid 1800’s. With his mystic ability to see into the near future and Godwin’s increasingly unstable mental state deteriorating with each new development that reminds him of his original crime back home in Sawyer’s Kill, Danforth steadily guides Godwin toward his ultimate goal, freeing himself of the blood feud with The Black Rock Runners and securing his mine property.
Early on, The Black Rock Runners dispatch gunmen to Merritt’s ranch and after bloody confrontations in Colorado, Godwin gathers what remains of his family and heads back to Michigan to confront his old rivals. A battle on the confluence where Godwin brutally kills his enemies leaves him hollow and wondering if he will ever be whole again. Godwin Merritt wants to do something he can’t…stop killing Mattocks.
Decades later, Godwin, ravaged by battles and illness, finds himself with one more demon to slay…on his own doorstep.
The Confluence is a tale of revenge and redemption with its old-style feud reminiscent of the Hatfields and McCoys mixed with the supernatural interventions of the deceased neighbor fans of Cormac McCarthy and Stephen King should find this tale similarly entertaining.