When Aztec gold is stolen and
the archeologist who discovered it is found murdered, Kyle Brinhaven
and his Apache stepfather, Joe Tincup, work together to find
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Abruptly Nathan stopped
talking and his eyes fixed
on the ground. His face paled. Kyle followed the direction of his gaze.
A big rattlesnake slid out of a nearby saltbush and slithered toward
them, each sinuous movement controlled and deadly. It moved with
deceptive speed, covering six feet of open ground in a heartbeat.
Almost to the table, it stopped, raised its head and stared at Kyle,
forked tongue darting nervously. For a moment they locked eyes. Then
the snake turned its head toward Nathan. The man gasped and the snake
In that instant of distraction, Kyle reached out,
trapping the snake's head firmly but gently between his forefinger and
thumb. With a heave, he tossed it back into the brush, where it
slithered deeper into the shadows and disappeared. "Need to teach that
snake some table manners, Joe."
"He's kinda slow up here." Joe tapped his temple
with his finger. "You'd think by now he'd know that anything around
here fit to eat, I've already et."
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