Bust Out

Bust Out

by W. M. Shockley


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A bank robbery goes awry when Buddy, one of the outlaws, decides to kill the teller and is caught. His accomplice Merle manages to get away, and Buddy sends a prostitute to find Merle and hatch a plan to free him. When Merle shows up, he realizes he's been framed, and in the chaos of escaping, he snatches twelve-year-old Reuben Solomon as a hostage.

Reuben has finally been allowed the responsibility of making a delivery from his father's store-then all hell breaks loose. Gunshots ring out, and the next thing he knows he's being hauled out of town by a stranger. This is the beginning of his big adventure and a new life. As they ride together, Merle teaches Reuben the things the boy's alcoholic father should have taught him-until Reuben begins to think maybe he might not want to go back to his old life.

When Reuben returns home, it's just as bad as before-even worse, since he's learned about the world outside of Shasta. When he receives a gift from Merle, he knows he must head back out to find him. But Buddy has escaped the hangman, and with several murders to his credit, he knows Reuben is his key to finding Merle-and the money Merle took from the bank. Nothing will stop Buddy in his relentless search for the partner he believes double-crossed him. Can Reuben find Merle before Buddy has a chance to murder his old partner?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781537096919
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/28/2016
Pages: 150
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.32(d)

About the Author

William M. (Bill) Shockley, happily married and father of four, is an author of many westerns and Civil War era stories. He graduated Oberlin College in 1971, and went on to also graduate Clarion West Writer's workshop in 1988.

In the 1990's, Bill wrote westerns for Louis L'Amour's Western Magazine, and during these years was also a non-fiction writer for various journals. From the 1990's through the 2000's, Bill wrote science fiction for magazines such as the prestigious Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, Pulphouse, and Tomorrow.

In the 1980's, Bill was a Radio Playwright for the Janus Company on KPFK-FM (Pacifica Station) with 19 productions to his credit. Into the 1990's, he was a Radio Playwright for Take One Radio Theater with 8 productions to his credit. From 2012 until present, Bill has enjoyed his position as Radio Playwright/Director/Producer and general factotum for Wycked Fell Radio Theater though 106 (and counting) productions. (wyckedfell.com)
Bill has also been a music critic for Review Magazine.

For more of Bill's stories, see MORDECAI-a short story appearing in the Sundown Press anthology SUNDOWN WESTERN TALES.

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