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The first book in William’s new Max Traver series

A gunfighter battles flesh-eating zombies and corruption in an 1897 Nevada mining town.

Coyote Flats, the Nevada desert 1897: the age of steam and gears and zombies. Ryan McBride has one of the richest gold mines in Nevada. But that’s not enough. He not only intends to own every gold claim in the area, he wants the town, too. And he’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen.

At night when the devil wind blows, a pack of flesh-hungry zombies descend on Coyote Flats. Townspeople are killed and Sheriff John Cable stands alone against the creatures. He steps into the night and disappears; but not before asking that a telegraph be sent to his friend Max Traver in San Francisco requesting his help. Now it’s up to Traver to stop McBride. But first he has to face McBride’s gunman Driscoll Pine and the zombies turned loose on the town to instill fear in the miners.


“William Nikkel’s DEVIL WIND has everything I love in a book:  relentless mayhem, great action set pieces, maddening chases, and zombies!  Here’s a book that will keep you reading late into the night…and still leave you wanting more!”

–James Rollins, NEW YORK TIMES bestseller of THE EYE OF GOD. 

“DEVIL WIND is a blisteringly original, impossible-to-put-down journey into the fantastic, as William Nikkel sketches a deliciously and darkly depraved world that brings zombies to the old west.  Think SHANE or THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN colliding headlong with THE WALKING DEAD and you’ll have an idea of what he’s up to here, and he handles it with flare and gusto.  Just as FEVER DREAM, a tale that brought vampires onto a 19th century Mississippi riverboat was George R.R. Martin’s breakthrough, so too will DEVIL WIND be Nikkel’s.”

–Jon Land, bestselling author of PANDORA’S TEMPLE.

Who else would mix zombies with gunfighters, saloon girls and lots of whiskey drinking? Written in a fast-paced writing style, William Nikkel’s DEVIL WIND is a rollicking Wild West tale with a steampunk tweak.

–Gary Braver, Bestselling and award-winning author of TUNNEL VISION.


William NikkelWilliam Nikkel is the author of four Jack Ferrell novels.  A former homicide detective and S.W.A.T. team member for the Kern County Sheriff’s Department in Southern California, William is an amateur scuba enthusiast, gold prospector, and artist who can be found just about anywhere. He and his wife Karen divide their time between California and Maui, Hawaii.

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