Coyote’s Trail by Edward M. Erdelac
1886. Geronimo and his followers, the last Apache resistance to white encroachment, have been transported east, and the blue wool defenders of The Fort settle into boredom, directing their cruel attentions to illicit liquor and prostitutes, their clearest enemy a weak officer s bullheaded wife on a moral crusade.
One broken and battered Chiricahua boy, Na-e-te-nay, drags himself across the Arizona desert, held together only by a bleak vision of revenge; a vision that will cause him to abandon his warrior traditions and set his feet on Coyote's Trail--the road of murder and evil.
After a brothel shootout between Na-e-te-nay and the US cavalry ends in fire and death, America, a broken young Mexican woman with her own reasons for hating the cavalry, finds herself pulled into his plot.
Enlisting the nominal aid of Rogerio, a shiftless, sadistic whiskey peddler who knows more about America s hellish past than even she does, the three conspire to draw Na-e-te-nay s remaining enemies out of the safety of The Fort, using America's body as bait.
But America has her own vision of revenge...
"With COYOTE'S TRAIL, Ed Erdelac has created a story as raw as the wound from a bullwhip. His blistering prose, combined with superb use of time, place, and character, gives COYOTE'S TRAIL the kind of life that springs off the page and into the reader's consciousness. That's a rare thing these days, and in the world of genre fiction, rarer still. This is a damn hard story about damn hard men, and told damn well."
--C. Courtney Joyner, Author of SHOTGUN