The Last Chance: Murder and Justice
List Price: 14.95
Available: April 2014
The story depicts a period in the history of California seldom written about.
Weaverville, the county seat of rural Trinity County was a bustling mining town in 1894. The La Grange Mine, at the time the World’s largest placer mine was in full swing. Men fl ocked to the hills with the word of gold strikes in the steep rugged high country. Deputy United States Marshal Chance Bowie comes to town looking for the remnants of his family. On medical leave for a condition that will kill him, Marshal Bowie is determined to fi nd his father, brother, sister and possibly his cousin, who turns out to be the county Sheriff James Bowie, Jr. Marshal Bowie fi nds murder, but no justice. He chooses to come off medical leave to dispense his own brand of frontier justice.
Herk Shriner was born in the lumber town of Eureka on Humboldt Bay in Northern California, in 1946. His father owned a sawmill north of Arcata where they lived, but the two hundred year succession of timber and lumber manufacturing was broken when Herk chose a career in the telephone industry. In 1997, Herk retired and started his own construction company. He published his first book, THUNDER UP THE CREEK, the story of the 1852 massacre of 153 Wintu Indians at the hands of a sheriff’s posse, in 2005. Now retiring his business, Herk plans to continue his writing with the THE LAST CHANCE series. Herk and his wife Lois live in Weaverville, CA. the background location in Trinity County where the story takes place. A lifetime historian for two lodges, Herk has researched and written the text for forty brass plaques placed at historic sites in Trinity and surrounding counties. The depth of his work includes five State of California Historic Landmark Plaques. Herk enjoys his family and spends as much time as possible with his granddaughters. His hobbies are old cars, hotrods, history and family geneology. A descendant from the earliest founders of this country gives him a unique perspective into the history of the country and Western history.