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Outrage at Blanco: An Ellie Taine Thriller Kindle Edition

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On the day the bloodthirsty gang rode into Blanco, Texas, the bank was robbed, Ellie Taine was brutally assaulted, and her husband and another man were shot dead. Something within Ellie also died that day, and she would never be the same. Shotgun at her side, she rode out after the desperadoes and gave Texas one more outlaw--a woman bent on bloody revenge.

About the Author

Edgar Award Nominee, Shamus nominee, a two-time Anthony Award winner, and Derringer Award Winner. Bill Crider is a native Texan who’s lived in the state all his life, and he’s been reading, writing, and collecting mystery and western fiction for most of that time. He received a PhD from The University of Texas at Austin, where he wrote his dissertation on Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, and Ross MacDonald. He taught both high school and college before his retirement, and he combined his teaching career with his writing career, publishing more than 75 novels and an equal number of short stories. He’s best known for the Sheriff Dan Rhodes series, which features a sheriff in a small Texas county. Though contemporary in setting, the Sheriff Rhodes books have many of the qualities of the classic western. Crider has also written a number of western novels, both under his own name several house names. When he’s not writing, Crider is reading one of the thousands (and thousands) of old paperbacks that he’s collected over the years or listening to music from decades past. He prefers baseball to football, likes old-time radio shows, and sometimes watches black-and-white movies. He’s married to the lovely Judy, who has collaborated with him on several stories and who is always his first reader and editor. They live the quiet life in Alvin, Texas, a small town between Houston and Galveston.

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  • File Size: 903 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
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  • Publisher: Brash Books; 1 edition (September 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2014
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  • Language: English
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I was born and brought up in Mexia (that's pronounced Muh-HAY-uh by the natives), Texas, went to college at The University of Texas and North Texas State University, and taught high school and college classes for many years. In 2002 I retired as Chair of the Division of English and Fine Arts at Alvin Community College, in Alvin, Texas. I'm married to the lovely Judy, and we have two grown children, Angela, who's an attorney in San Francisco, and Allen, who's in the music business in Austin. Other than that, I'm a pretty boring guy.

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Outrage at Blanco is Bill Crider at his best. The characters are real and engaging. Their growth throughout the plot makes them believable. The reader is at once sympathetic and outraged when ruthless outlaws ravage first Ellie Taine's body by raping her, and then her home by killing her husband. As Ellie moves from being the victim to the hunter one cannot help but want to tag along. The rejuvenation of long-ill Jonathon Crossland lets the reader's own heart leap. A must read for all Crider fans and western enthusiasts.
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OUTRAGE AT BLANCO has been one of my favorite Westerns ever since I first read it in paperback back in the late nineties. Having re-read it again in its reissued Kindle version, I find it has lost none of its power. And, one hopes, this new release will reach a whole batch of new readers.
It is a revenge story, which is certainly not uncommon to Westerns. The fact that its central protagonist is female gives the revenge plot a certain distinction, but that also has been done plenty of times before. The real bonus here is the depth of characterization, the plot twists, and the tangled motivations of the various players as presented by the skilled hand of author Bill Crider. Ellie Taine --- the aforementioned central protagonist --- is especially well drawn and memorable. So, too, is Jonathan Crossland, a man essentially dying of cancer who is "resurrected" to hit the trail one last time in an effort to try and set some things right regarding his greedy, no-good son.
There's plenty of action in this fast-paced tale, but the revelations and shifting interactions between its characters --- some good, some bad, a couple somewhere in between --- is what will make the most lasting impression on readers.
Highly recommended.
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As a fan of Bill Crider, a writer known more for his mysteries than his westerns, I ordered this out-of-print western anxious to compare his early writing style with his later mystery genre. And the comparison is favorable in that Crider's many books have retained a vigorous story-telling style with perceptive characterizations. In some ways, we have read this story before--a lady is raped, her husband killed, a bank is robbed, and she decides to exact vengeance upon the perpetrators. As she seeks out this goal, she travels with the father of one of the bank robbers who was killed early in the story. The story progresses well and all works out in the end, at least almost!

Plenty of action adorns this saga of amoral bank robbers who seem to have little regard for human life and whose insensitivity is equal to their own selfishness. Leaving a trail of death and violence in their wake, they pound out a path of destruction and hatred to everyone including each other. In the process they shoot a sheriff, and cause grave suspicion to infect their own gang. Eventually, injury and violence becomes self-directed and they meet their own destiny as they seek to escape judgment.

On the surface, this seems to be typical kind of western, yet a deeper look reveals a journey of human growth, perception, and purposeful living. The woman realizes that she receives little satisfaction from her vengeance and the father realizes that he is on the last ride of his life. Recognizing the sadness of his own son's life, he sets out to self-actualize his world by helping the woman. In the end we see the results of crime, of goodness, of fortitude, and mostly of living a life of integrity.

This is an unusual book in that it seems to reside somewhere deeper in the emotions than most westerns.
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When I was growing up, Roy Rodgers was still “King of the Cowboys” and Gene Autry’s “Melody Ranch” was winding down a long run on CBS radio. Roy and Gene were, of course, the good guys and they always handled black-hatted scoundrels with relative ease. Well, I’m here to tell you that even Roy and Gene would have had their hands full with villains like those in Bill Crider’s western novel Outrage at Blanco.

Set in the small-town Texas of 1887, Outrage at Blanco begins with a kick directly to the reader’s gut. Ellie Taine, on her way back to the farm with a wagonload of groceries, encounters two cowboy psychopaths only a mile out of town where she is brutally raped and beaten by the men. The cowboys plan to be in Blanco only as long as it takes to rob the town’s one bank, and not being at all worried about being called to account for the rape, they allow Ellie to live. Bad mistake, that.

Ellie Taine has had enough, and after her husband fails in his own efforts to hold the men accountable for what they did to her, Ellie goes after them herself. But she does not plan to bring these guys back to the sheriff when she finds them – she has other plans for their immediate future. Outrage in Blanco, though, is more than just a shoot-‘em-up western. Crider has populated little Blanco, Texas, with a whole cast of characters who get involved in everything from bank-robbing to incompetent attempts at heroism to living life at the fullest before it is forever too late to do so. Some of them deserve a book all their own.

Crider pulls no punches (this is an adult western, for sure) in Outrage in Blanco but, in the end, this is a bit of a feel-good story with a lesson or two to teach along the way. The body-count is high, and as opposed to the movies I grew up on, not just among the bad guys, but it is largely a character driven novel, so readers get the best of both worlds. Fans of western novels need to check out this one.
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