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Backshooter
by Robert J. Randisi Details
Once the toughest marshal in Oklahoma, Kyle Maddux finds himself with a bullet in his back and out of job following a brutal shooting, but the vengeful Maddux launches his own investigation, he uncovers a series of similar backshootings in Texas and sets out to bring the bushwhacker to justice, no matter what the cost.
Fast Guns out of Texas
by Ralph Cotton Details
Cray Dawson is en route to Black's Cut in Montana to stake his claim when he learns his old friend Fast Larry Shaw faked his death to escape his notoriety as a gunfighter. But Dawson discovers that his own prowess with firearms haunts him too.
Longarm and the Tascosa Two-Step
by Tabor Evans Details
The notorious Bronson Tull is on trial for murder, and Longarm's got his hands full protecting the presiding judge from the wrath of Tull's family.
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Longarm
Palo Duro Shootout
by Kent Cornwell Details
The Civil War rages, but Josh Miles and Leeboy Strauss have decided to sit it out as cowhands in Texas, working for J. S. Tipton, who took them in years ago as teenagers and has become more of a father than a boss. Then a third man Tipton raised, Zeke Tanner, comes into their lives while they're driving a herd to market. Tanner, a Union officer, has hijacked a load of Confederate gold and is posing, along with his men, as Confederate soldiers. Tipton recognizes Tanner, and Tanner inadvertently kills him. When Miles and Strauss find out who killed their surrogate father, they take off in pursuit, hell-bent on revenge. Before they can administer frontier justice, they'll have to survive hostile Comanche territory. This is a solid, well-told western tale with nicely drawn characters and plenty of action
Partners
by Paul Bagdon Details
Town drunk L. B. Taylor, a.k.a. Pound, gets a chance to earn back his self-respect when Zeb Stone rides into town, looking for a partner, and teaches him a new career as a hired gun.
San Angelo Showdown
by William Johnstone Details
Young Matt Bodine and Sam Two Wolves became blood brothers on the day the rancher's son saved the halfbreed's life, forging a bond no one could ever break. As years passed, a legend grew of the breed and the white man who rode together. Trigger-happy outlaws are giving the Texas Rangers a lot more trouble lately than they can handle. So when Bodine and Two Wolves drift into the sleepy cattle town of San Angelo, Ranger Josiah Finch convinces them to pin on badges and put their talents to work for his side of the law. But the Rangers are caught off guard when a ruthless band of cattle thieves levels the town with dynamite. The thieves a big mistake, though, when they run for the Mexican border because now it's Sam and Matt's kind of fight, and they're going to see to it that the outlaws get what they're due.
South Texas Slaughter
by Jon Sharpe Details
Skye Fargo wasn't riding through Texas looking for trouble -- but Johnny Lobo's gang of bushwhackers gave him some for free. After Skye barely escapes with his life, Lobo and his boys make it plain that they're out for blood, and they're not about to go away without a taste. But they're going to learn that when you give the Trailsman trouble, he's going to return it right back to you -- in spades.
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The Trailsman
Stands a Ranger
by Cotton Smith Details
Time Carlow is a Texas Ranger with a mighty dangerous job to do. A half-crazy killer named Silver Mallow has escaped from the jail in Bennett, Texas, and it's up to young Carlow to bring him back. All by himself. The killer has a three-day lead on him, and everything from luck to the weather seems to be against Carlow. Silver Mallow will do whatever it takes to stay out of jail, and he won't hesitate to use his gun. But he never counted on one determined Ranger.
Texas Showdown: Two Texas Novels
by Elmer Kelton Details
This volume brings together two of Kelton's short novels written in the 1960s, under the blanket association of being vengeance tales of a sort set in Texas. "Pecos Crossing" follows two green and mightily frightened cowboys who fall on the wrong side of a famous Ranger and ex-lawman, who hunts them believing them responsible for his wife's shooting. "Shotgun" features two rival rancher families and a memorable villain who plays one against the other in a bloody-minded plot for revenge.
The Grand Prize
by J.R. Roberts Details
Clint Adams tracks his stolen Colt to a makeshift, roving "town" set up for illegal boxing matches. To get his treasured pistol back, he'll have to prove that he's just as tough with his bare fists as he is with his gun.
Updated 03/21/2014
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