Release date: 2012 | Age Range: 9 and up | Series: The Caden Chronicles
It’s All Just a Show…Right? ‘This is an authentic old west ghost town, son. Around these parts the dead don’t stay dead.’
Nick Caden’s vacation at Deadwood Canyon Ghost Town takes a deadly turn toward trouble when the fourteen-year-old finds himself trapped in a livery stable with the infamous outlaw Jesse James. The shooter whirls, aims and… vanishes. Great theatrics, Nick thinks, except now he’s alone in the hayloft with the bullet-riddled body of Billy the Kid. And by the time the sheriff arrives, the body disappears.
Soon Nick is caught in a deadly chase—from an abandoned gold mine, through forbidden buffalo hunting grounds, and across Rattlesnake Gulch. Around every turn he finds another suspect. Will Nick solve the murder? Will his parents have him committed? Or will the town’s infatuation with Hollywood theatrics conceal the real truth about souls, spirits and the destiny that awaits those who die.
Praise for Dead Man’s Hand
This is teen fiction that’s not just for teens. I for one can’t wait for the next book in the series. For adventure, suspense and just plain laugh-out-loud fun, you can’t do better than Dead Man’s Hand. ~ Ann Tatlock, two-time Christy award winner
Dead Man’s Hand is an exciting ghost-story with lots of surprises. A great read for kids who love a good mystery. I highly recommend it! ~ Levi Holmes, son of best-selling author and two-time Christy Award nominee, Gina Holmes ~ Dry as Rain & Crossing Oceans
Dead Man’s Hand was a perfect mixture of suspenseful and spooky. I loved all the detective stuff. It taught me how to find a murderer! ~ Abby Dellosso, daughter of Mike Dellosso, author of Frantic and Rearview
With a plot that lassos you in, Dead Man’s Hand is a fantastical read! ~ Laura Tatlock, 15-year-old daughter of Christy award winning author of Promises to Keep
I am reading this book aloud to my seventh grade english class and they absolutely love it. It is really intriguing and gets the childrens attention. (And mine) It is so hard not to read ahead because I am so engrossed in the book too! ~ Goodreads