Retribution Rails

Retribution Rails cover
Release DateNovember 7, 2019
Seriesstandalone / Vengeance Road companion novel


When Reece Murphy is forcibly dragged into an infamous gang because of a mysterious gold coin in his possession, he vows to find the man who gave him the piece and turn him over to the gang in exchange for freedom. Never does he expect a lead to come from an aspiring female journalist. But when Reece’s path crosses with Charlotte Vaughn after a botched train robbery and she mentions a promising rumor about a gunslinger from Prescott, it becomes apparent that she will be his ticket to freedom—or a noose. As the two manipulate each other for their own ends, past secrets are unearthed, reviving a decade-old quest for revenge that may be impossible to settle.

In this thrilling companion to Vengeance Road, dangerous alliances are formed, old friends meet new enemies, and the West is wilder than ever.

Praise for Retribution Rails

Bowman does the Arizona Territory justice, making this desolate and tough landscape the perfect setting for a train robbery gone wrong.

School Library Journal

Bowman’s attention to period details, sexism, and racism flesh out the fast-paced plot in a most satisfying way. Readers of Vengeance Road will especially enjoy reconnecting with the protagonists of that title…but this stands successfully alone.




I devoured this thrilling, fast-paced battle, from its setting in the American West to its cast of vivid characters.  I can’t wait for Erin Bowman’s next work.

Tamora Pierce, NYT bestselling author

Everything I want in a wild west adventure—gunfights, robberies, train jobs, blackmail, stagecoach chases, outlaws, Nellie Bly references—and so much more. Helmed by two vivacious narrators you can’t help but root for, Erin Bowman stages a truly transportive adventure tale with a deft hand. Twisting, thrilling, and a wild ride from start to finish. Prepare to be hooked.

Mackenzi Lee, NYT bestselling author of The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

To read Retribution Rails is to breathe in snow-dusted plains, to feel a train car rocking beneath your feet, to seek a revenge more precious than gold. Erin Bowman has woven a world as convincing as it is gripping. I flew through these pages with abandon, and I’m certain many readers will find themselves doing the same.

Ryan Graudin, author of Wolf by Wolf

Rugged and ruthless, Retribution Rails brings readers into the expanding—and lawless—Wild West.

Mindy McGinnis, author of Not a Drop to Drink
Awards + Recognition

U.S. and Canada: HMH

Audio: Tantor Media

Russia: Arkadia