Other books byThomas Eidson
St. Agnes' Stand
July 1858: Nat Swanson, a bullet in his leg and bone-weary, flees across the New Mexico desert from a vengeful posse. Back in west Texas, he killed a man over a woman whose name he never knew, and now he’s on the run to California, his only hope for a new life the ranch deed in his pocket. In a dry riverbed, Nat spots two overturned wagons surrounded by Apaches. The only sign of a survivor is his quick glimpse of an old woman’s face–a face that forces a stark decision. Nat can ride on and save himself, or stay and try to save the stranded and doomed party. Sister St. Agnes, huddled between the wagons with her fellow nuns and the orphans in their care, somehow knows that God will answer her prayers and send a savior to deliver them from evil. As death shadows the dusty arroyo, the forsaken canyon becomes a place of destiny where a courageous nun and an embattled man confront their fates together. “Taut, spare, visual prose reminiscent of Larry McMurtry.” –Publishers Weekly “This debut is highly recommended . . . so alive, so exciting . . . heart-wrenching and heartwarming.” –Library Journal “Compelling . . . a powerful feat of storytelling.” –The Irish Times “Eidson has emerged as a major contemporary voice . . . [His] novels are set in the Old West, but his characters are scraping for a foothold on the frontier of the soul.” –The Advocate & Greenwich Time Winner of the Golden Spur Award and the W. H. Smith Thumping Good Read Award
Souls of Angels
Set amid the haciendas and fragrant orange groves of Los Angeles in the 1880s, SOULS OF ANGELS is an enthralling story of family and faith, loyalty and betrayal. When Isadora Lugo learns that her father has been convicted of murder, she reluctantly travels home for the first time in ten years. At age seventeen sheâd fled her troubled life in Los Angeles to serve Christ in India as Sister Ria, never planning to return. Yet as a child, Isadora had promised her dying mother that in times of trouble she would care for her father, the eccentric Don Maximiato Lugo. And trouble has indeed come. Following a haphazard investigation and a speedy trial for the brutal killing of a local prostitute, Don Maximiato awaits his fate in the family hacienda, sketching and painting and sinking into madness. Believing it is too late to save her fatherâs life, Sister Ria urges him to confess his sins and save his soul. But he only mocks her efforts. Those around Don Maximiatoâthe loyal Mexicans who consider him a saint; his eldest daughter, Milagros; and the familyâs longtime housekeeper, Abaâare adamant about the patrÃ³nâs innocence. For her own peace of mind, Sister Ria seeks evidence of her fatherâs innocence or guilt in the side streets and back alleys of Mexican Los Angeles. But every clue she finds hints at something darker and more sinister and weakens her faith, as her very life is threatened by an ominous, unseen figure that shadows her every move. From the Compact Disc edition.