5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book
By Kellie Penman on August 4, 2015

I love this book! Anytime I have an "Unsettled Night" I pick up this book which is always by my nightstand and turn to one of the many amazing short stories which are just the right length to ponder upon before helping me get to sleep. I love the twists, and the mysteries, and the surprises! Very clever and well written!

3.0 out of 5 stars Western Tales for Unsettled Nights
By David Beck on April 26, 2015

It was ok. Some of the stories were good but others left you hanging wanting to know more. I will have my husband read them and see what he says about the book.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great read, love all the twists and turns.
By Judy P. on June 7, 2014

My favorite author (I know, I am a bit prejudiced, but would buy this guy's work even if I didn't share his home.) His wicked, twisted tales never cease to amaze me, and his imagination knows no bounds.

5.0 out of 5 stars great stories with surprising endings!
By Glen Woodbury on May 23, 2014

I have enjoyed Steve's writing for many years now and I look forward to his next book and stories! Steve writes with flair that keeps you on edge and anxious to to continue! I would recommend anyone who likes the short story or a good novel to read Steve Paul's work!

5.0 out of 5 stars a great read -- short stories to fill a few minutes or all evening
By Linda Russell on May 17, 2014

often unexpected -- always well written and hold attention
these stories are well worth the investment of time and take us away from ourselves as all good books are meant to do

5.0 out of 5 stars Western Tales for Unsettled Nights
By Linda C Connelly on May 7, 2014

Great read. I enjoyed every story. Steve did a wonderful job with this book. I would recommend it to everyone.

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John Bronson used to be a gunfighter. Used to be until he became a prospector. Living in the wilderness searching for gold, he had time to think and exorcise the demons of his past. With a good strike, he headed off to his sister's ranch to stake a claim as a rancher with his sister, her husband, and son. Someone had another idea. One that did not include Bronson or his family. There was a group that wanted land and they didn't care how they got it or what they had to do to take it. Bronson arrives at his sister's ranch to find his sister and her husband had been hung, and his nephew kidnapped for ransom. The murders thought they were dealing with a bumpkin prospector in the kidnap deal. That was until Bonson's past came blasting through. His last gunfight. Or so he thought.

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Western writer Steve Paul has shown a new side to his stories. Providing tales for his first short story collection, he has broken out into different genres. His short stories go from macabre, to light humor. From a cat burglar attacked by a guard dog, to murder mysteries. Steve Paul, has provided a collection of stories that can be read no matter the time you have to spend perusing this tome.

5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read
By Doug Hughes on April 29, 2014

The story line flowed with a consistency that never allowed me to lose interest. Knowing the town and surrounding area, the facts were spot on and descriptions brought life to the story. I highly recommend this book not only to western lovers but all crime story readers.

5.0 out of 5 stars a very good read indeed
By Linda Russell on January 18, 2014

action - a page turner - well written and worth reading even a 2nd time! I recommend it - he rivals Louis Lamour's westerns


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Bureau of Land Management Enforcement Ranger Bailey Calhoun becomes embroiled in a mystery that even he does not believe is possible. Tracking a murder case on BLM lands, he finds an improbable link to a race of people thought to be just legends when he discovers the mummified head of what seems to be a pygmy Indian. 
Bailey is after thieves who are looting a tomb of the Nimerigar, known in Indian legends of the Arapaho, Sioux, Cheyenne and Crow as “the tiny people eaters.” 
He has to locate the tomb before the thieves can sell all the artifacts on the black market. Time is running out when twists and turns on the trail lead to unexpected loves and betrayals, and perhaps, even the death of Bailey.



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A wealthy man who came from a small village in Darfur, a part of Sudan, Africa, enlists a mercenary group of ex-military to defend his village from the oncoming of the Janjaweed. The Janjaweed  are known as "devils on horseback.” They attack and kill villagers who grow crops and are of the Christian faith. The Janjaweed are on their way and no-one is willing to stop them. A team of mercenaries only has a few weeks to stop them and nothing will stand in their way.

The mercenaries are the last wall against the Janjaweed attacking the village.

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Steve Paul is a western, mystery writer that has written a story about wild horses being killed in reserves in the west. He is trying to protect the wild mustangs, while trying to find out who is wanting him off the case so bad they try to kill him and his wife. "Can Horses Cry" is western mystery that will keep you wanting to turn the pages.

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5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I read this book!
By David G. on February 5, 2016

Great read from beginning to end. Really liked the pace of the book. A lot of mysteries take the first half of a book to set the story up and then unravel it all too quickly at the end. This author did a good job of arousing our interest and satisfying our curiosity thru out. Having so much of this book carved from truth added a nice double layer of interest to the story. Everyone should read this book! I'll be reading more by Steve Paul.

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed Almost A Hero so much that we ordered Western ...
By DD on January 8, 2016

Enjoyed Almost A Hero so much that we ordered Western Tales and Can Horses Cry. Looking forward to reading the Gunfighter. Steve Paul has a way of weaving the story to keep you interested and wondering what's next.

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book
By Karen Whiteon July 28, 2013

I enjoyed Can Horses Cry. I liked the rural setting, the down-to-earth characters, and the mystery of the story. This was an easy and entertaining read. I would definitely recommend it.

5.0 out of 5 stars Can Horses Cry?
By David Beckon February 1, 2013

My husband's dad told us about this book. Since we have lived in Rawlins knowing the places Mr. Paul talked about it was interesting. Because of our love for horses it was a moving experience. Hoping it never happens. We see wild horses between Green River and Rock Springs. Also on our way to Rawlins we see the Red Desert herd. They are so beautiful out there it reminds you of the beauty of them. I just hope nothing like that ever happens cause they are part of the wild west and should always remain there so everyone can enjoy. I'm hoping my husband will read this book. I would love to hear what he says about it. I am planning on telling others about this book this includes our 2 sons. Keep up the good work. Hoping to read more of Mr Paul's books soon.

4.0 out of 5 stars Can Horses Cry?
By Judy P. on March 26, 2012

I enjoyed the book very much. Quite descriptive of the country and an ending that caught me by surprise. Will buy the next book from the author.

5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable exciting read
By Amazon Customer on July 16, 2010

"Can Horses Cry?" held my interest from the very first page. Having grown up in Wyoming, I could feel what Bailey Calhoun was feeling about the horses and wanting to catch the guilty and bring them to justice. It was easy for me to be able to see what Bailey was seeing. The author did a great job of pulling the reader into the story.

I really hope Mr. Paul continues writing, as I am sure I would enjoy his future works as much as I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Good Job!!

5.0 out of 5 stars Can Horses Cry?
By Bill on July 9, 2010

This is a book I really enjoyed. Being brought up in this area, I could really relate to the descriptions of the country. A great book, with believable characters, and I think I know who Bailey is based on. Buy it, you'll love it!

5.0 out of 5 stars Midwest Book Review
By Laurel Johnson on May 4, 2004

With his first book, Stephen Paul gives readers a story that needs to be a movie. Set in modern day Wyoming, the author drew me into his milieu from page one and kept me there throughout.

Bailey Calhoun is a Bureau of Land Management investigator, ex-marine, and ex-cop with a temper. Life has him by the short hairs. He's sick of the system, courts, lawyers, and the stock market has eaten his savings alive. Except for his wife Dana, he has more compassion for animals than he does people. When herds of wild horses turn up slaughtered, shot from a distance for no apparent reason, Bailey goes on a rampage. He drinks too much; his job and marriage hang in the balance; but all he can think about is catching the scum responsible for killing horses.

Bailey loves his Wyoming home, the high plains and mountains and their wide open feel, the wild horses roaming free. When Dana leaves him, he channels his suffocated emotions into rage at a world gone beyond his control. His investigation reveals conspiracy and corporate greed at its worst. One shocking revelation after another threatens everything he holds dear, including the lives of Dana and his friends. Bailey vows to bring the bad guys down, or die trying.

The characters are well developed and believable, the sense of place first rate. Can Horses Cry? is a fine first book. Bring on another, Mr. Paul.

5.0 out of 5 stars Can Horses Cry?
By lawrence j. feldman on February 10, 2004

Can Horses Cry is a tight knit mystery that caught my attention from the start and held it through to the end. The author drops the reader into the rugged Wyoming terrain and keeps him there throughout the whole story with vivid descriptions of the landscape and weather. The story unfolds at a rapid pace and seems to move of its power taking the reader with it. This is a must read for those infatuated with the rugged and still untamed open spaces of the American West. I recommend it very much.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book!
By A customer on January 27, 2004

This is a great book! It contains all of the elements I deem necessary to make that statement. The author's visual verbage places the reader right there with the characters. His descriptive narrative allows the reader to "see" the landscape and rough terrain and "feel" the weather. As the reader gets to know the characters he determines who he thinks are the "good" guys and "bad" guys. The story development had me considering skipping ahead as the excitement grew, but I didn't allow myself to do that as I didn't want to miss a word! Then, just when you think you have it figured out, he inserts unexpected twists and turns. A great read-not to be missed!