The idea for the third Jack Martin western (2011) evolved from me reading Battle Picture Weekly as a kid and specifically a strip called D-Day Dawson. You see Dawson took a bullet on D-Day, which is too close to the heart to be removed and will eventually kill him. And so he fights on, wanting to take as many of the enemy with him before he himself falls.
I wanted to use that premise for a western and after a chat with Dr Keith Souter AKA western writer Clay More and finding out that not only was the premise possible but it had indeed happened and was documented medically, I decided to go with it.
Now the main character in the book, Delta Rose was a drifter and a gambler and so I hooked on the title Dead Man's Hand. There is still a final revision to do on the book and the lovely people at Robert Hale LTD like the book very much. However they won't be able to use the title as it's been used before.
In the editor's own words - "The book is eminently suitable for us but I would evolve the title as it has been used in the past."
Damn and drat.
So while I complete the revisions on the book, I thought I'd throw the problem of the title out to Archive readers. Please leave your title suggestions in the comments of the blog and if I use any of them, the reader who dreamed up the title will be credited in the acknowledgements for the eventual book.