"What sets Sweazy apart are his interior insights rounding each character with layered motivations for choices made at any particular moment." --NUVO -- nuvo.net -- Rita Kohn
"Excellent historical details and rich characterization of [Josiah] Wolfe's struggle to fulfill his duty make The Rattlesnake Season an excellent start to a new Western series." --Best Books of Indiana --judge's comments
From the Back Cover
-- Loren D. Estleman, five-time Spur Award-winning author
From the blood he spilled during the Civil War to his beloved wife, who died in childbirth, and his daughters, who were taken by the flu, ex-Texas Ranger Josiah Wolfe thought he had seen enough death for a lifetime. Now, with an infant son and a heart full of pain, he's rejoining the Rangers as part of the Frontier Battalion. But first, his captain needs him to escort Charlie Langdon to trial.
Wolfe and Langdon had a long history together as both lawmen and soldiers -- until Langdon's lust for blood and money made him an outlaw. Wolfe knows his old friend has to pay. But the ride to the hangman's noose isn't going to be easy. Langdon's friends aren't going to give him up without a fight. And Wolfe's killer instinct may be his only chance to see his son again....
"Raw, wild, and all too human...a thundering testament to just how good the Western novel can be."
--Johnny D. Boggs, Spur-Award-winning author
"A character-rich story about a Texas Ranger haunted by dark memories, on the hunt for a former comrade-in-arms turned killer."
--Elmer Kelton, seven-time Spur Award-winning author