The author's name is a guarantee of a good story well told. This one goes with a flourish. Set in Kentucky as the Civil War is ending, it employs all the ingredients of an adventure yarn:- a hero in jeopardy, a beautiful heroine, a villain--Quantrill, a cut-throat out of history, a band of desperadoes, even a famous figure in the realm of spies, the indefatigable Belle Starr, this time in the role of Quantrill's mistress. More or less committed to the Confederacy, Quantrill had left a bloody trail across the border states, a trail of plundering, burning, murdering; now he had gone to earth in Kentucky. Military Intelligence decided he must be killed and assigned Major Curtis Blakeman, incognito, as Cole Nimbo, for the job. On an Ohio steamboat, Nimbo encounters the lovely Linda Dickerman, falls in love with her, and too late finds that her family is linked with Quantrill. Then Nimbo is identified as Quantrill by a Union officer, is betrayed and then saved by Linda, joins Quantrill's band and finally- in his proper role, pursues him. In spite of padding, stock plot and characters, and a somewhat smudged historical background, it emerges as a rousing tale of adventure and moves rapidly to the desired conclusion.