Jacob Cotter dropped out of Yale Medical School in 1863 to enlist in the Union Army with his father Dr. Edward Cotter, then Chief of Medical Staff at Yale. Upon Edward’s murder by Confederate raiders at the battle of Nashville, Jacob Cotter is disinherited by his brother and sister. After the war Cotter becomes a bounty hunter to obtain money to return to Connecticut and complete medical school at Yale. He finds that his siblings have monopolized the valley wine industry through force, murder and intimidation. At Yale, Cotter works with the Colt Firearms heiress to set up his own vineyard. Violence ensues as Cotter and his hands confront efforts to burn him out.
After Yale he sets out for Endura Texas. However, he finds 1872 Endura Texas a battleground like the New Haven he left. Victor Vlack, cattle baron and Endura’s largest landowner runs for state congress to thwart Endura becoming a city. Opposition to Vlack’s murders, pillaging and barbed wire oppression comes from Cotter and his physician colleagues. Cotter becomes his vigilante alter ego to confront Vlack’s moves. Cotter also finds his father’s killers working for Vlack. Vlack targets his Clinic and his staff for destruction. This includes his ether anesthetist, Mortimer Pignast, who runs for election against Vlack. Cotter falls in love with the Clinic’s widowed head nurse and her children. He’s torn between being a humanitarian physician, family man and his quest to avenge his father’s murder.
As a retired physician I’m devoting my time to writing novels, memoir-based fiction and short stories. My life as an author of fiction began in 2003 after a few years at Toastmasters International delivering captivating stories and speeches. I believe literature should be educational, fun, serious, full of feelings and always with a touch of fantasy and a thread of truth. Like all my novels true lifetime situations are interwoven with suspenseful and intriguing story lines. My 13 novels and short story book bear that philosophy out. Reviews of my books in Amazon.com have been 5-star. Comments for WHO WILL WEEP FOR ME such as “high school coming of age makes the story feel authentic and make the reader want more” is typical of reader satisfaction.
I live with my wife in San Antonio near my daughter and her family with four of my grandchildren. My goal as an author is to publish several novels a year with my novel portraying terrorism in the US, - OCEAN CITY HQ - recently published..
Social life was a luxury for both the cattlemen and the farming settlers in 1873 Texas. Church was an attractant to most farm hands if they were married, otherwise they frequented saloons. Saloons had alcohol, ladies, and music. One saloon in Endura, Texas introduced Pole Dancing wherein ladies would gyrate around a pole to music discarding items of clothing. The shiny brass pole was derived from the foot rail of the walk-up bar.
Pole dancing was only available at Nellie's Leggs Saloon. Violence was a byproduct and Dr. Cotter alternated covering their new hospital's emergency care with his two other colleagues. In this excerpt, a farm owner ponders the lure of Nellie's Leggs Saloon.
As he rested his head on the pillow of the hospital bed, he thought he could hear the piano music, laughter and applause coming from Nellie’s Leggs. He remembered when the saloon was first opened. Ten-years ago it was just called the “Leggs Saloon” after its owner, Daniel Leggs. Then Daniel Leggs married Nellie Juggnutz. Daniel’s first thought was to add Nellie’s last name to the Saloon but the “Juggnutz Leggs Saloon” might not sound much like an attractant to the local patrons. He opted for “Nellie” instead which his bride agreed with, and her name was added. Victor Vlack bought the place after Leggs died from tuberculosis and his wife Nellie moved back to Arizona. The sounds of the night brought him back from his reverie. He could definitely hear cheers. One of these days he was going to check out what this ‘pole dancing’ was–if his wife Miranda let him.