Here's how Jerry describes him: "Quint is young, mid-20s, a former cowpuncher. He is a tough, no-nonsense lawman- honest and true, intrepid and not the corruptible sort. He keeps his opinions about his more freewheeling boss (Marshal Sam Gardner) to himself."
Quint is as honest and stalwart as the day is long. He keeps an eye open for the drifting gunman who killed his trail partner, which is one reason Quint stopped cowboying and took up a badge. The young deputy has developed an unexpected friendship with Asa Pepper, the sixty-year-old ex-slave who owns and operates the most dangerous saloon in town.
Quint played a large role in WOLF CREEK 3: MURDER IN DOGLEG CITY, and he and Asa will have an adventure of their own in the upcoming anthology volume, WOLF CREEK 6: HELL ON THE PRAIRIE.
Now, Jerry answers a few questions about his young deputy:
1. What is your favorite scene you’ve written so far about Quint Croy?
Quint proves his tenacity for the job of Deputy Marshal of Wolf Creek when Dab Henry confronts Quint and his questioning of Rob Parker by the following excerpt:
Dab Henry was in his office, but the door was open—he clearly overheard Quint’s questioning his bartender in the almost empty saloon. He walked behind the bar to stand beside Rob Parker, and then directed a question to Quint. “Why all the fuss over a dead drifter?”
Quint raised his eyes to the mayor and said, “If I was a drifter from out of town and caught a bullet, I’d want someone to be curious enough to at least find out my name and why I was shot. Wouldn’t you want to know?”
Dab Henry looked at Quint Croy for a studied moment, and spoke softly. “I’ve seen plenty of drifters come to town with the thought they was going to beat the house gamblers and walk away flush. Most of them leave broke. Hell, the man was most likely a criminal anyway, and was running from something in his past. Somebody caught up to him and finished the job. That’s how I see it.”
Quint smiled politely, but his eyes darkened. “That may be true, but a man’s dead and I aim to find out who he was and why somebody killed him.”
2. What is Quint’s biggest strength, and biggest weakness?
Quint has the ability to fearlessly meet, head on, any challenge regardless of his own safety, to protect and defend any of Wolf Creek’s citizens. He respects the power of the law and has an ingrained belief that right will prevail. Quint attempts to carry out his duties in a fair and honest way, which could be his biggest weakness as well.
3. What may be coming up in the future for Quint?
Quint is young but not too naïve. He is no Puritan, never was. Quint has no quarrel with a man imbibing in liquor, gambling or the affections of the saloon ladies, in fact he does so himself from time to time. He is learning things about Wolf Creek’s citizens both good and bad, as the day’s go by. While being in the public’s eye, Quint is exposed to the deceit of some men but has a way about him that brings out the goodness in others as well. Quint has a close call in book 6, but proves that he is up to the job.