With a smoking rifle and a stinging lash, it was Gannon's job to cut a path through the outlaw gangs grown thick as a mesquite over the Midland stage route. The final challenge came when a hardcase crew knocked over one of his coaches carrying a heavy load of gleaming double eagles. But this time they didn't just take the gold-they gutshot Gannon's men and left them to die in agony. The bandits had shown no mercy. Neither would Gannon. Now they would have a free-wheeling range war that could only end in a triple hanging...or a funeral for Will Gannon.