Dead Man's Trail (Yakima Henry Book 10) by Peter Brandvold
Yakima Henry is hunting wild horses with his partner, Lewis Shackleford, when they’re attacked by desperadoes. A mysterious gunman with a Sharps rifle sends the thieves running. But when they go to thank their savior, they find him dead – with a large poke of gold amongst his gear.
Haunted by the man’s death, Yakima takes it upon himself to take the gold to the shooter’s family. But even around Christmas, nothing is easy. On the trip through the snowy Wyoming mountains, Yakima will have to fight hard to save himself and his traveling companions – including a beautiful woman on the run – from predators both animal and human.