Falconer's Law (1996)
DECISION AT THE GREAT DIVIDE
The year is 1837. The fur harvest that bred a generation of dauntless, daring mountain men is growing smaller. The only way for them to survive is the way westward, across the cruelest desert in the West, over the savage mountains, through hostile Indian territory, to a California of wealth, wine, and ruthless Mexican authorities.
One man can meet this brutal challenge. Only he can organize a brigade of mountain men. Only he can keep these fiercely independent trappers and fighters in line. Only he can lead them on the trail of danger, treachery, and terror ahead -- and overcome the even greater menace that awaits them.
His name is Hugh Falconer -- and his law is that of survival....
October 5, 2015
1996 by Jason Manning
Signet Books (New York)
Following the less-than-satisfactory Flintlock trilogy, and in hopes of recapturing the success of the High Country trilogy that preceded it, Signet contracted me for three-book series. Set in the waning days of the fur trade, and told in part by means of the journal entries of a young man who joins Falconer's brigade, the "finest set of misfits, scoundrels and outcasts ever assembled," the first novel describes an arduous trek westward over desert and mountain to a California where there is growing unrest between Mexicans and Anglos.