The body of a no-good man is found in his burning store on the same night as the sudden disappearance of the nice couple he cheated out of the money for their ranch.
Did You Know?
Early in the story, Matt makes a remark to Tom to the effect that he is one of the few men in the area who still carries a .36 caliber Colt Navy revolver. That might have been true for the fictional Dodge City, but in the actual West, Colt Navy revolvers - the most popular revolving pistols of the 1850's and 1860's - were common in the 1870's and into the 1880's, many converted from their original percussion ("cap & ball") configuration to use metallic cartridges. The "Navy" part of the name did not refer to that sea service, but to a decoration on the cylinder depicting a naval battle in the Texas War of Independence. See more