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About James Reasoner
A lifelong Texan, Reasoner has been a professional writer for more than thirty years. In that time, he has authored several hundred novels and short stories in numerous genres. Best known for his Westerns, historical novels, and war novels, he is also the author of two mystery novels that have achieved cult classic status, Texas Wind and Dust Devils. Writing under his own name and various pseudonyms, his novels have garnered praise from Publishers Weekly, Booklist, and the Los Angeles Times, as well as appearing on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists. He lives in a small town in Texas with his wife, award-winning fellow author Livia J. Washburn.
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Best-selling author and legendary storyteller James Reasoner introduces a man haunted by the past and fighting to make a place for himself in the violent world of the Old West.
G.W. Braddock was raised to be a Texas Ranger and never wanted anything else. But then he's stripped of his badge through no fault of his own and a corrupt system turns the vicious killer Tull Coleman loose on the people of the Lone Star State.
Now, Braddock has to decide if he's going to follow the law—or carry out the job he was born to do, even if it means becoming an outlaw himself!
Outlaw Ranger, Volume 1 includes: Outlaw Ranger and Hangman's Knot.
A mixed-race outlaw gang terrorizes the border territory between Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico, committing brutal robberies, rapes, and abductions of women and girls for sale as slaves to oligarchs in their homeland and points farther south.
After one of his friends from the Rangers dies pursuing them, G.W. Braddock swears vengeance and embarks on a one-man crusade to end their depredations, rescuing their hostages if possible, while caught unwillingly between government and rebel forces in the early days of the long-running Mexican Revolution.
“Reasoner hits the bullseye!” – Wayne D. Dundee, author of the Lone McGantry series.
New York Times bestselling author James Reasoner returns to the Old West in this gritty, compelling action-packed saga!
A savage ambush – twenty men slaughtered in a brutal massacre and a fortune in gold stolen – was a crime big enough and bold enough to bring the Outlaw Ranger to the wide-open settlement of Cemetery Butte. No atrocity prepared G.W. Braddock for the evil that awaited him, stretching bloody hands out of the past.
From one showdown to the next, Braddock finds himself with an unexpected ally: an ancient Indian who claims to be the last war chief of the Comanche. This time around, their pursuit will lead them to a bloody showdown on the Texas plains, with the lives of innocents hanging in the balance!
Outlaw Ranger, Volume 2 includes: Blood and Gold and The Last War Chief.
Wild Bill Hickok may be gone, but Abilene is still a wild and woolly cowtown in need of a strong marshal to bring law and order to its streets. That man is Lucas Flint . . . a legendary lawman sometimes known as the Rattler because of his swift and deadly speed with a Colt .45. Together with his deputy, dashing young gunfighter Cully Markham, Lucas Flint will take on any challenge that threatens the safety of the town and its people that he’s sworn to protect.
As a blizzard rages on the Kansas plains, an old buffalo hunter is caught in the crossfire between a Sioux war party and a clan of bank-robbing killers. A fortune in Confederate gold lures outlaws to Abilene. A young gunslinger bent on vengeance has a startling secret. A prize bull, a hard-bitten rancher, and a gang of thieves prove to be an explosive mixture for Cully Markham. A deadly Fourth of July celebration provides more than one kind of fireworks. A man sworn to uphold the law instead launches a reign of terror. A trio of mail order brides arrives in Abilene, but they bring flying lead rather than matrimonial bliss.
Rattler's Law, Volume Two includes: Buffalo Hunter, Rebel Gold, Devil With a .38, Hell on the Hoof, Gundown, Killer With a Badge, Six-Gun Wedding, and Big Fifty Justice.
Lured by the Mexican government's bounty for Native American scalps, a ruthless gang led by serial killer John Grafton roams both sides of the Tex-Mex border, killing hapless travelers and raiding isolated villages, slaying anyone—Native, Hispanic, even dark-haired whites—whose scalps may be translated into cash across the Rio Grande. G.W. Braddock, at loose ends between paying jobs at the moment, teams with a survivor of one massacre to track the killers down and bring them to rough justice, dodging federales and rogue tribesmen in the process.
From one adventure to the next, Braddock soon becomes involved in the Chamizal dispute between Mexico and the U.S.. Unclaimed land on the border led to a 385-acre Cordova Island, described as a "haven of crime” and smuggling which remained lawless through the years of U.S. Prohibition, and now Braddock is needed to avenge a crime.
Outlaw Ranger, Volume 4 includes: Scalp Hunters and Six-Gun Island.
A band of killers swoop down on a Mexican village, slaughtering the men and carrying off the women as prisoners. In Texas, a train is held up, American soldiers are murdered, and a valuable shipment of rifles is stolen.
G.W. Braddock knows there’s a connection between these two bloody incidents, but to discover the truth and keep the border country from erupting in chaos and violence, he’ll have to risk his life more than once in a maze of double-crosses and danger!
Stripped of his authority by corrupt politicians, G.W. Braddock still carries the badge of a Texas Ranger—with a bullet hole in the center to show that he’ll go wherever he has to and do whatever it takes to bring justice to the Lone Star State!
Outlaw Ranger, Volume 3 includes: Gun Devils of the Rio Grande and Black Gold.
Wild Bill Hickok may be gone, but Abilene is still a wild and woolly cow town in need of a strong marshal to bring law and order to its streets. That man is Lucas Flint . . . a legendary lawman sometimes known as the Rattler because of his swift and deadly speed with a Colt .45. Together with his deputy, dashing young gunfighter Cully Markham, Lucas Flint will take on any challenge that threatens the safety of the town and its people that he’s sworn to protect.
In this first collection of Rattler’s Law novels, Flint and Cody battle a ruthless criminal overlord who has taken over the town. A traveling circus visits Abilene, bringing with it unexpected danger. Cully finds himself at the head of a posse tracking down a gang of train robbers. Settlers want only a new place to make their homes, but a violent band of masked marauders has another idea. A half-Kiowa army scout visits Abilene, unaware that a renegade war party is on his trail. Lucas Flint travels to Wyoming to solve a murder and save an innocent woman from the gallows. Big-city criminals show up in Abilene intent on killing a famous pugilist.
Rattler's Law, Volume One includes: The Town Tamer, Deadeye, The Train Robbers, Rancher’s Revenge, Out for Blood, Shadow of the Gallows, A Solid Right Cross, and Whiskey Trail.
West of the Big River: The Lawman
By New York Times bestselling author James Reasoner, the first novel in a new series from the Western Fictioneers, West of the Big River. The Lawman features William M. "Bill" Tilghman facing perhaps his greatest and most dangerous challenge.
West of the Big River: The Avenging Angel
Award-winning author Michael Newton spins an action-packed, historically accurate yarn about Orrin Porter Rockwell who is more than just a deputy United States marshal and a deadly gunfighter. He's a member of the Mormon Danites, the group of enforcers known as the Avenging Angels
West of the Big River: The Artist
Acclaimed author Jackson Lowry spins as entertaining a tale as any of those from Charlie Russell himself in this superb new historical novel.
West of the Big River: The Ranger
James J. Griffin, noted for his fine stories of the Texas Rangers, joins the West of the Big River stable with THE RANGER, a short novel featuring real-life Ranger Sergeant J.S. Turnbo.
West of the Big River: The Forty-niners
Charlie Steel's story of courage, romance, and danger is based on historical incidents of the California Gold Rush, and vividly illustrates a compelling chapter in American history, recreating a lawless era that exemplifies both the best and the worst in a vital young nation!
West of the Big River: The Bandit
Sam Bass was just a farm boy from Indiana, but he wound up in Texas and became one of the most notorious outlaws in the history of the Old West. Jerry Guin's historical novel THE BANDIT takes an unflinching look at the life and times of Sam Bass, from his almost accidental incursion into a life of lawlessness to his ill-fated end, and provides a vivid portrait of this violent era.
West of the Big River: The Doctor
In Tombstone, Arizona Territory, the town too tough to die, Dr. George Goodfellow is known as the Surgeon to the Gunfighters. Friends with the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday, his services as a doctor are needed in the aftermath of the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Goodfellow is handy with a gun and his fists, too, and he needs those skills to survive! An all-new, exciting novel based on actual historical characters and incidents by acclaimed Western author Clay More.
West of the Big River: The Sheriff
Outlaws ran wild in Apache County, Arizona Territory, until the day a long-haired, straight-shooting cowboy with the unlikely name of Commodore Perry Owens pinned on the sheriff's badge and set out to rid the county of lawlessness. Owens would need every bit of his gun skill just to stay alive as he cleaned up the territory! Acclaimed Western author Chuck Tyrell brings the illustrious career of Commodore Perry Owens to vivid life in THE SHERIFF.
Don't miss this great buy, eight based on fact western tales that will give many hours of great reading in one boxed set.
West of the Big River: The Avenging Angel by Michael Newton – Orrin Porter Rockwell is more than just a deputy United States marshal and a deadly gunfighter. He's a member of the Mormon Danites, the group of enforcers known as the Avenging Angels, and he's the personal troubleshooter for Governor Brigham Young. And when Young sends Rockwell to the rough-and-tumble mining town of Tartarus, there'll be plenty of trouble for him to shoot. Award-winning author Michael Newton spins an action-packed, historically accurate yarn in THE AVENGING ANGEL.
The legendary days of the cattle drive era come to vivid life in THE TRAIL BROTHERS by award-winning Western author Troy D. Smith. This classic novel follows a group of cowboys, young and old, as they push a thousand head of stubborn cattle north from Texas to the railhead in Kansas, encountering Indians, outlaws, and a vengeful lynch mob along the way. If they manage to survive the dangers that dog their trail, by the time they return to Texas they truly will be brothers for as long as they live. Troy D. Smith is a past winner of the Peacemaker and Spur Awards, and past president of Western Fictioneers. He teaches American Indian history at Tennessee Tech University. Smith is one of the most highly regarded young authors of Western fiction, and this compelling, action-packed novel is a good example of why he has that reputation. For a great yarn, saddle up and ride with THE TRAIL BROTHERS.
Jake Scudder is just a drifting, peace-loving cowboy. So why does he find himself in jail, convicted of the murder of an old-timer he had befriended and sentenced to hang for that crime he didn't commit? Jake gets a chance to clear his name when the train taking him to the gallows crashes, but was that wreck an accident? Who's the real ringleader of the gang of vicious outlaws known as the Marauders? Jake Scudder has to dodge not only the law but also a cunning murderer as he attempts to save his own life and that of a beautiful young woman. A ROPE FOR SCUDDER is another classic, action-packed Western from bestselling author Clay More.
A fortune in gold dust, two beautiful women, a pair of deadly bushwhackers gunning for him, a dangerous blizzard, an avalanche, and an unknown plotter masterminding murder and robbery . . . These are just some of the things Clay Brand has to deal with when he signs on to guard gold shipments coming down from the mining country in California's San Bernardino Mountains. But before Clay can get to the bottom of the violence plaguing the mountains, he'll have to shoot straight and fast and escape the unexpected menace of a lynch mob! GUN FOR HIRE is the first Western ever written by acclaimed author Jory Sherman. Includes a new introduction by the author written especially for this volume in the Western Fictioneers Library.
Lawyer Billy Cambridge, a retired Texas Ranger, and his best friend, vaquero and ranch foreman Nacho Graves, set out by stagecoach from Pecos, Texas, to deliver $20,000 in cash to a client in Fort Smith, Arkansas. When the stagecoach is held up and Cambridge and Nacho lose the twenty grand, they set out on a dangerous quest to recover the money and bring the outlaws to justice…a quest that leads them to beautiful women, cold-blooded killers, the last Comanchero, and more surprises than they're ready to face. RED RIVER RUSE is a fast-moving Western novel packed with action, emotion, and danger, from award-winning, bestselling authors James Reasoner and L.J. Washburn.
Matthew Faraday is president of the Faraday Security Service, a detective agency specializing in work for the ever-expanding railroad empires. Hired to find out who is stirring up the Sioux and sabotaging the Kansas Pacific line as it builds westward, Faraday sends tough young agent Daniel Britten to the railhead, where he finds himself embroiled with surveyors, track layers, buffalo hunters, and a pair of beautiful young women. But there’s a killer stalking the railhead as well, and not only the fate of the railroad but also Britten’s very life depends on him uncovering the truth.
An epic Western adventure full of historical sweep and gun-blazing action.
Praised for his “well-researched” (Booklist) and “lively, suspenseful” (Publishers Weekly) novels, James Reasoner now proves that truth can be even more exciting than fiction.
Among the true stories he brings us:
• Doc Holliday’s Last Gunfight
• The Last Bloody Ride of the Dalton Gang
• The End of the Notorious John Wesley Hardin
• Wild Bill’s Tragic Mistake
• The End of an Earp
• Turkey Creek Canyon Shoot-out
• Gunfight at Stone Corral
• The Doolin Bunch vs. the U.S. Marshals
• Rourke’s Bad Luck Robbery
• Shoot-out at the Tuttle Dance Hall
• Wichita’s New Year’s Day Gunfight
• Bat Masterson and the Battle of the Plaza
• The Sam Bass Gang’s Luck Runs Out
• The Long Branch Saloon’s Spectacular Fray
• Ben Thompson’s Christmas Day Shooting
• The Man Who Killed the Man Who Killed Jesse James
• and more!
These are the shoot-outs and showdowns that gave the Wild West its name, recounted here with gritty accuracy, colorful detail, and all the drama of life—and death—on the frontier.