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Â In this sequel toÂ The Calling,Â SheriffÂ Luke Atwell and his deputies face individual and collective challengesÂ from outlaws, gunfighters, renegade Indians, card sharps, and a thievingÂ medicine show in a Kansas town in the 1870â€™s. The personal lives of theÂ lawmen also change and nature takes its destructive toll on the townÂ and its residents. When a black neighborâ€™s family is attacked and theÂ oldest son killed, the sheriff gets the help of federal law enforcementÂ and they chase a band of marauding ex-Confederates out to undo theÂ changes resulting from the Civil War.
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An Ill wind is the second in a series; a thirdÂ is nearly done
The author was an avid rider but was thrown fromÂ a horse three times
Characters (besides the main ones) in book 0neÂ appear in book Two and new characters in book Two appear in the Third
While the vast majority of characters in BookÂ Two are adults, child characters play an important role in book Two
While largely fiction, some of the events andÂ people are true
The story is set in Kansas, but the writer hasÂ never been to the state
Women are strong characters not willing to playÂ second fiddle to the men in their lives
One of the main characters, Peter, getsÂ distracted by attractive women but still pines for a young lady killed byÂ outlaws
Peggy, a main character once married to a failedÂ business owner proves to be a successful store owner herself
Book one ends with the suggestion of a wedding;Â book Two opens with one
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