2017 Readers' Choice Silver Medal Award Winner
Recipient of The Gold Award from Literary Titan
Earned five 5 Star Reviews from Readers' Favorite
“Ain’t right. Bushy was a good man. Ain’t right burying him with this trash.”
West looked at the man who had all the characteristics of a teamster. “Did you know this man?” West motioned to Bushy.
“Course I know’d him. He hailed from St. Louis. Still has a daughter back there, I think. He was a good man. Most of the mines in these parts wouldn’t have gear and food if it weren’t for Bushy and men like him. It ain’t right the marshal sticking him in the ground with those two thieves and killers.”
“I didn’t see you voice your concern when the marshal was here.”
“No! And you won’t see me step on rattlesnakes either.”
“What does that mean?”
The teamster looked at West as if wondering if West was simple, “You don’t know what I mean? You don’t know Sam Moses?”
West shrugged, “Can’t say that I do. He’s only been marshal a couple of days. Our old marshal died in his sleep. Marshal Tom had been the law here as long as I have been here and that’s a spell. We put out the word, and Moses was the first to respond. We got trail herds coming through in a bit so we hired him.”
The teamster struggled to hold back his chuckling, “You hired Sam Moses to be your marshal as a pig in a poke?”
“I don’t see what is so funny.”
“Do you have laws on the book here, or a list of dos and don’ts the people are supposed to live by?”
“Sure, we have laws, voted on by the town council and signed into law by the mayor.”
“Well, you can throw that book away. This town is under the Law of Moses now.”
Sam Moses was a hard and unforgiving man. Some said he was an angry man; others called him mean. He was all of these and he was none of them. Sam Moses was a man alone and in pain. It hadn’t always been so.
Born Samuel Moses Cardiff, he was the son of a church minister and school master. He was also a committed pacifist. As the threat of Civil War loomed ever larger, Samuel was determined to have no part in it. He returned from Teachers College the summer of 1860, determined to find a position, and marry the girl he dreamed of.
A call to arms from President Lincoln changed it all, and Samuel found himself in uniform, and marching south.
Trained in the military art of warfare, Samuel is still unprepared for the carnage at the Battle of Antietam. Samuel deserts the Army, and Sam Moses is born.
The Law of Moses is the story of a Civil War soldier, who suffers from PTSD, and it chronicles his struggles and his attempts to once again find his humanity, spirituality and peace.