Cottonwood by Scott Phillips
Cottonwood, Kansas, 1872:
Bill Ogden is an unfaithful husband and an unwilling farmer who has imperilled his marriage, not so much through his infidelities but because he has stolen his wife's inheritance to build a saloon.
Marc Leval is a wealthy entrepreneur, newly arrived in town with a beautiful, lonely wife and an exciting agenda. He hopes to make sleepy Cottonwood into a thriving metropolis, and he requires Bill's help.
The Benders are a family of serial killers who run the Cottonwood Hotel. And as railway money comes to town, Cottonwood's population of prospective victims is about to increase dramatically . . .
Evocative, horrible and very funny, COTTONWOOD is the new, gripping read from the author of THE ICE HARVEST.