This eBook edition of "The Short Cut (A Wild West Murder Mystery)" has been formatted to the highest digital standards and adjusted for readability on all devices. A young woman on a horse suddenly stumbles upon a dead body of a man and her pet dog makes a dash towards the tall grasses. Has he sighted something? Who is the dead man? Is there a threat to her very life? Jackson Gregory was an American teacher, journalist, and writer. Gregory authored more than 40 fiction novels and a number of short stories. Several of his tales were used as the basis of films released between 1916 and 1944, including the 1917 film titled "The Man from Painted Post."