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Steven Yount's debut novel, Death on the Trail, is the first novel in a projected four-book series set in the New Mexico Territory in the years following the Civil War. It features the exploits of Turner Brown, a former Union cavalry officer and Deputy U.S. Marshal.

Turner Brown is loosely based on the author's own great-grandfather who turned away from working summers on his father's Missouri farm and winters working on his father's river freighting business to join the union Army. Both Brown and the author's great-grandfather fought for Ulysses S. Grant in Grant's campaign through Mississippi. After the War both were transferred to the Powder River Country in the Dakota Territory to fight Indians.
The author's great-grandfather returned to Missouri where he died in poverty, crippled by his wartime wounds while Brown stayed in the West and fared much better as a Deputy U.S. Marshal, first in Cheyenne and then in New Mexico.

Yount, a life-long broadcast journalist, joined the Wall Street Journal Radio Network in 2000 as a reporter/anchor after more than twenty years as an anchorman at the most prestigious all-news radio stations in Philadelphia (KYW Newsradio), Chicago (WMAQ Newsradio) and New York City (1010 WINS All-News Radio).

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Death on the Trail: A Turner Brown Western
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Death on the Trail.
May 9th, 2014
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