Deputy U.S. Marshal Creek Rivers has a unique ability to track down and capture or kill men he is assigned to find. After he captures some of the most dangerous men of the period, Creek is summoned by the Attorney General to find a little boy who has been kidnapped. Finding the Suggs boy, the kidnappers, and returning the boy safely put another of Creeks’ skills on display.
Word of Creek’s success in finding the Suggs boy became known in California. Creek is summoned again, this time to go to San Francisco, and find the granddaughter of a rich railroad baron. When he starts his investigation, Creek soon discovers it’s more than just a simple kidnapping that he has to unravel.
In 1903, Creek Rivers is traveling to Chicago by train to find the kidnappers of Harold McCormick, Jr., the grandson of John D. Rockefeller. As he dozes, his mind returns to his greatest challenge in tracking a criminal.
In 1888, Creek was tasked with the responsibility of going to Norfolk, Nebraska, to catch a man who had killed a judge. The chase continues day after day with one obstacle after another as he and the killer travel through the Dakota Territory. The ordeal finally ends at the Canadian Border with a surprise ending.
While investigating the kidnapping, Creek finds several twists and turns. As his investigation
gets more involved, it becomes difficult to determine who are suspects and who are merely adding to the confusion.
The year was 1904. Marshal Massey walked into Creek’s office and said, “You’ve been selected to go to Paris, France, and exchange law enforcement techniques with the French.”
On the transatlantic crossing, Creek meets a beautiful young widow named Loretta Chandler, and is smitten by her charms. They agree to renew their romance after they get settled in France.
Creek helps resolve a couple standoffs and then the French Premier tasks him to solve a kidnapping. He is given five days to find the grandchild of the President of France; after that the military will take over, bringing about civil unrest and possibly civil war. He is assigned with a former secret policewoman to act as his interpreter who turns out to be the beautiful Lorrie from the ship.
The investigation takes several twists and turns, with political intrigue at the center of the
kidnapping. Lorrie proves to be a very able assistant.
Creek Rivers is assigned to run the Marshal Service field office in Sedalia, Missouri. Norville Smelts robbed the Central Bank in Sedalia, and killed the bank president during his escape.
Following a tip, Creek went to the Missouri Training School for Girls and questioned Smelts’ daughter. During the interview, Creek discovered that some of the girls in
the facility were being molested. After reporting the abuse to the circuit judge, Creek and Lorrie took Lily Smelts into their home to raise. Lily had no relationship with her natural father and used her mother’s maiden name of Middleton.
Lily attended nursing school, served with the Red Cross nurses in France, and came back to apply for and be accepted as a Deputy U.S. Marshal. Lily was assigned to protect a federal judge and killed two men who tried to kidnap him.
Creek had his own problems during Prohibition and survived an assassination attempt. Both Creek and Lily are thrown into the violence of the bootlegging enterprise, and both have to fight for their
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