This is Book 3 of “The Harlie Series”, and although the book can be enjoyed in its own right, it is much better to read it as the third book in the series of four.

The Harlie Series..

It is post Civil War America and we are introduced to nine treasure hunters who, like knights in rusty armor, go off in search of lost gold. Among them is Homer Skinner, an aging deputy with a wild imagination, a toothache, and a map. Traveling with him are four horsemen including a foul-mouthed surveyor and his young apprentice, a well-endowed carpenter of another generation, and a megalomaniacal army colonel with a mechanical heart and hidden agenda known simply as ‘Red-Beard’ along with his toothless partner-in-crime, Alvin Webb. There’s also Sam, a large Negro with a painted wagon, and an Indian named ‘Boy’. And then there is Elmo Cotton, a young black sharecropper with a mule, a shotgun, and a questionable past. He’s the one they call the ‘Harlie’. They each have a story to tell, along with a few deep dark secrets.

A Raccoon on the Run picks up the story…

Everyone else is dead, including Colonel Rusty ‘Red-Beard’ Horn who is alone responsible for all that had happened up on the mountain that day. Elmo Cotton, the Harlie, is the only one left; he alone has survived. And he didn’t come home empty-handed. But there’s a dead man on the mountain with a hole in his chest, and a sheriff in town who wants to know who did it.

The Harlie knows he’s innocent, but proving it may take a miracle or two; and he still doesn’t know what to make of the black diamond, the Motherstone. On the advice of his fly-catching uncle, Elmo Cotton leaves everything behind and becomes a fugitive, a raccoon on the run; and from now on, things will never be the same.

Along the way he stumbles upon an old Indian camp where he is ceremoniously christened the ‘Great Raccoon’ and thus becomes a demi-god. He also meets up with Sherman Dixon, a big brown turtle with a gregarious heart and a taste for cat-fish and carrots. Together, with a horse named Abraham and a wagon-load of Harley beans, they set out for Old Port Fierce… and a man they call the ‘Miracle-Maker’.


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