The Last Professional
By Stephen M. Timko.
Softcover, 8.5x11", 278 pages, 2022.
"Lynden Hoover, a young man on the brink of a new beginning, cannot embrace it without confronting the traumas of his past. Help comes from The Duke, an old loner who calls America's landscape his home. He clings to an honor code, but in fleeing from Short Arm, his merciless enemy, his code is being tested.
"At the end of the 20th century few Knights of the Road still cling to their vanishing lifestyle. The Duke mentors Lynden, enlisting old traveling friends to keep himself and his apprentice just ahead of Short Arm's relentless pursuit. When two of those friends are murdered, the stakes become life or death.
"Bonds are formed, secrets exposed, sacrifices made, trusts betrayed - all against a breathtaking American landscape of promise and peril. Three unforgettable characters, hurtling toward a spellbinding climax where pasts and futures collide, and lives hang in the balance.
"With The Last Professional, Davis has done for American railroads what Kerouac did for American highways, and Steinbeck did for American nomads.-- Jerry Cimino, Founder of The Beat Museum"