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Seven-time Spur Award-winner Kelton (Way of the Coyote) returns with the fourth installment of his Texas Ranger series, once again offering a wild ride of six-gun justice as former Ranger Rusty Shannon comes to know what it really means to be cold-blooded. Texas in 1874 is still soaked in post-Civil War bitterness: roaming bands of outlaws and family feuds stoke the flames of violence. Rusty now owns a farm in south Texas and hopes to marry sweet Josie Monahan and settle down to raise a family. The Monahans, however, have some trouble. Their youngest daughter has run off to marry a no-good cowboy, one of the sons of the bank-robbing, horse-stealing Bascom family. When she escapes from the Bascoms and returns home, the outlaw clan comes to take her back or silence her forever, but Josie is murdered by mistake. Grief and the need for revenge overwhelm the usually cool Rusty, and he sets out after the wrong man. Aided by his pals Andy Pickard and Len Tanner, he tears across Texas on a manhunt. Andy and Len carry badges, so any murderous, thieving varmints who cross their path are left full of bullet holes, and it's all legal-like. When Rusty finally corners his prey and learns the truth about Josie's killing, an unusual showdown more than evens the score. Kelton is a master storyteller who offers more than just blood and gunsmoke. The right blend of action, drama, romance, humor and suspense makes this a handsome addition to his ongoing saga of the Old West.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Rusty Shannon was a Texas Ranger before the war. Now, almost 10 years after Appomatox, the Rangers are being reorganized. Shannon would love to re-up, but he has another matter on his plate: settle the score with Corey Basom, who murdered Shannon's beloved Josie. Complicating his plans for revenge is Josie's younger sister, Alice, who married Bascom before she knew his true nature and whose estrangement from the outlaw precipitated Josie's death. The vengeance trail leads to a deadly confrontation in which Shannon realizes he's not a cold-blooded killer, regardless of circumstance, and Bascom reveals an integrity few thought he possessed. Kelton, whose seven Spur Awards from the Western Writers of America is a record for that honor, expands on his reputation with a thoughtful, realistic portrayal of the West in which carefully drawn characters--not gunplay--drives the action. If there's an heir to the Louis L'Amour legacy, it's Kelton. Wes Lukowsky
Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Texas Rangers (Book 4)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (August 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765344793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765344793
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.7 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,621,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Elmer Kelton of San Angelo, Texas is a native Texan and author of over 50 Western novels. He has won many awards for his work and has been recognized as the Greatest Western Writer of all time by the Western Writers of America, Inc. He is the author of Forge's Texas Ranger series.

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This book was the selected read for my book club.
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The person I gave it to was very pleased with this book.
nanajan204
Elmer Kelton is one of the very best in this genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nanajan204 on November 8, 2012
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This book was a gift . The person I gave it to was very pleased with this book. I reccomend buying books from Amazon. They are great with shipping and customer service!
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It helps to know something of Texas history to understand the reality of the story which, of course, is fiction. It has some sadness in it but the frontier had a lot of sadness. That is the way it was.
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This is the first of Mr. Keltons books I have read. However I thouroughly enjoyed and will look at other books of to enjoy.
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Another Kelton book in the outstanding Texas Ranger series. This is a particularly good issue. I found it hard to put down.
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By Amazon Customer on September 7, 2014
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One of the best western writers ever. Visited his home town San Angelo TX.
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