Bloodier than Quantrill
Fast and lively and very bloody, Rebel Bushwhacker hits hard and aims for the head, like a smoking revolver in the hands of the wild-eyed bushwhacker chieftain.
Based on true incidents during the War Between the States, the story takes place in the rugged Southern Appalachians where a deadly civil war raged between Rebel partisans and Union loyalists.
It’s the story of a survivor, a sturdy mountain girl named HATTIE JUNE ROSE, who found herself in desperate times during the last year of the Civil War in the remote Smoky Mountain backwoods. Guerillas fought a grim and shadowy war, with brazen raiding, murders, kidnapping and looting quite common.
It’s a tangled story of love and hate, of vengeance sought, of a clever country girl who uses her brains and her body to bend two different men to her will.
She loses her innocence along the way, and at a tender age buries her father and her brother. She trades sex and her native intelligence to the most notorious bushwhacker of them all, the “red-headed butcher,”, for his help in tracking down the Yankees who killed her father.
Til the day her murderous lover betrayed her badly.
Wounded and vengeful, Hattie June Rose sets Big Tobe up for an ambush that goes badly. He flees to Texas and, after recovering from her wounds, she follows, determined to see his death – or her own.
Wally Avett is a retired Realtor living in the mountains of North Carolina, where he was the editor of the weekly paper in the 70s. He now writes a column, HILLBILLY RANGER, for the Cherokee Scout at Murphy. His first novel, Murder in Caney Fork, was published by Bell Bridge Books in March, 2014.