The West Texas desert is familiar territory to all manner of bandits, desperados, Indian
raiders...and a serial killer! The gruesome murders of young women by a savage predator,
known only as the Fort Davis Butcher, puts famed outlaw hunter Johnny Madrid on his trail.
Madrid, a former Texas Ranger and now a deputy U.S. marshal, must decipher the
evidence leading to some shocking conclusions. In his latest novel, “Pecos Moon,” veteran
crime writer Tim Younkman introduces Madrid, whose exploits include a shootout with
legendary Texas train robber and killer Sam Bass, ending the bandit’s career...and his life.
The investigation leads Madrid across the vast expanse of Texas where he corners the
Butcher and then discovers another, even more diabolical killer described in the press as the
“Servant Girl Annihilator.” This new killer has been loosed on the state capital, bludgeoning his
way through the upscale neighborhoods of Austin, leaving mutilated women in his wake.
When his own family is threatened, Madrid discovers the link between the Butcher and
the Annihilator leading to a final highly personal and most deadly confrontation. Johnny Madrid
is a rare breed of tough Western lawman, a mixture of European Spanish, Bayou Cajun, and
Mexican heritage, who fashioned a legend and legacy across the burgeoning frontier, an enforcer
of the law who knows how to bend it to achieve justice, and definitely a man one cannot forget.
In “Pecos Moon,” Younkman captures the elements that drew men and their women to the desert
plains of West Texas as they forged a promising new world from their dust-coated past.