L.J. WASHBURN has been writing award-winning, critically acclaimed mystery, western, and historical novels for more than forty years. L.J. received the Private Eye Writers of America paperback original award and the American Mystery award for book one of the Lucas Hallam Mystery series, WILD NIGHT, and was nominated for a Spur by the Western Writers of America for a novel written with James Reasoner. Washburn also won the Western Fictioneers Peacemaker Award for the story “Charlie’s Pie” and was nominated for two more stories.