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About Ralph Cotton
Over the years I have coined myself "The World's Most Famous Unknown Author." I write Classic Western and Modern Crime fiction. I have been an author now for some thirty-odd years, and still enjoy my profession. My publishers have been and still are St. Martin's Press; Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, and most recently Cotton-Branch Publishing.) My jobs have been many. I am most proud of being a former Iron Worker, a Commercial Seaman / Second Mate. Teamster. Small Businessman and Lay Minister with the Lutheran Church Of America. I majored in Psychology. I learned to write via independent study and a long list of the Great American Authors whose work I continue to study with both awe and envy.
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Following a tip from a prisoner in Yuma Penitentiary, Ranger Sam Burrack is riding to the Mexican Valley to hunt down the Cowboy Gang, notorious bandits who have topped the Most Wanted list for the past year. The crooks have fled to Río Malo and settled in under the protection of corrupt town officials. Now, with new recruits including the infamous Russian assassin Kura Stabitz, they’re robbing banks and trains on both sides of the border.
“I will tell you where they are,” Escalante had said, “only because I know that Stabitz will kill you and bleed you like a dying pig!” Burrack knows it won’t be easy. He won’t find the gunmen just waiting to be arrested in Bad River. But with patience—and a little luck—he will find them nearby, maybe in the limestone mountains, maybe in the caves above the old Quaker mission. He’ll smoke them out like rats if he has to. That was the job, and a ranger always gets the job done...
More than 4 million Ralph Cotton books in print!
Back on the trail of the infamous Arizona Cowboy Gang, Ranger Burrack rides with Cherokee lawman Dan'l Thorn into Mexico, where the Cowboys have stolen $200,000 in gold by blowing up the safe of a bank in Ciudad Esplanade. The lawmen are there to locate and arrest a pair of twin outlaws by the name of Smith who are hiding out in Mexico, but they get sidetracked hunting for the stolen loot. They figure it should be easy; trouble is they aren’t the only ones on the gold’s trail. A competing gang has stolen the loot from the Cowboys, a beautiful lady detective will stop at nothing to earn the reward for recovering the booty, and the Smith brothers have their own connection to the missing gold—and they’re rumored to be cannibals!
Along with their sidekick, on-again off-again Cowboy Roman Lee Ellison, Sam and Dan’l traverse the high desert dodging bullets and hoping to survive long enough to find the gold that has already cost so many lives....
More than four million Ralph Cotton books in print!
Not His Brother’s Keeper ~The Carly twins are identical—except one is good and the other is very bad. But when Blake guns down a sheriff, Abel runs with him because seeing his murderous brother lynched would be like watching himself hang. Then the killing leads to more killing, and Abel starts to realize just how far his evil sibling will go to save his own skin.
As Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack closes in on the Carlys, it looks like he’ll be bringing them back tied over their saddles. Instead, when the shooting stops, Burrack finds Abel mourning his dead brother. That should mean the worst is over. But Burrack suspects something is very wrong here—and that the slaying isn’t done yet.
In the meantime, Sam’s partner, Maria, has a startling adventure of her own that surprisingly ties in to the outfit Sam is dealing with.
Back in Sabre Ridge, watching the interactions of Sam, the drunken Sheriff Boggs, the Abbadele outlaw bunch and Parker Dennison, Esquire, their hot-shot attorney, Jefferson Eldridge Shadowen, the bounty-hunter called Big Shod, adds his clever mind and bold actions to the tale.
Join them all at the Hung Dog Saloon where the action begins!
Two deputies fresh from a hard-won gunfight with the gang of notorious outlaw Dolan Coyle stroll into a saloon in the dusty little town of Broken Hat, inquiring after one Will Summers. The men are looking to swap out their exhausted horses, and they could use extra men, too. Just on the outskirts of town, Axel Coyle waits with the remnants of his brother’s crew, ready to shoot down the men who captured their leader. The deputies offer Summers a paid position in the posse escorting Dolan into federal custody. If they only knew how well acquainted the horse trader once was with the killer chained up out front, they might second-guess their proposal.
Dolan had chosen a reckless trail for himself, like Summers and many others had done in their early years. Summers could not say exactly what had directed him off that trail before it managed to settle into his blood, but he’s grateful.
He just doesn’t know if that resolution will hold now that his past has landed on him out of a clear blue sky…
More than four million Ralph Cotton books in print!
Jeston Nash bears a striking resemblance to his cousin, Jesse Woodson James of Clay County, Missouri. After killing a Yankee soldier in self-defense, Jeston meets his cousins, Jesse and Frank, and joins them to fight in Quantrill's guerilla forces. Later, after the war, he rides with the James-Younger gang as they invent their special brand of bank and train robbery. All the while, Jeston seeks vengeance against Daniel Zanone, of the Free Kansas Militia--the man responsible for the death of his child.
In While Angels Dance, the reader will experience the events, places, and people that helped fuel the legends of these men. It is a vivid adventure tale of the outlaw West and an original view of the James-Younger gang.
While Angels Dance was a candidate for the Putlitzer Prize in fiction.
In her guise as “Danny Duggin,” Danielle Strange has spent the past two years hunting down the outlaws who murdered her father. Reunited with her brothers, the twins Tim and Jed, she plans to take her war across the border into Mexico—unaware she's being pursued by a U.S. federal marshall....
Saul Delmano comes from a powerful family of cattlemen whose business stretches from the Southwestern territories into Mexico. He's put a $2,000 reward on Danny Duggin's head, tempting every outlaw and bounty hunter across the West to try to collect it. But the cry of vengeance has been shouted out—and only justice can silence it.
More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!
A corrupt former Army Colonel trying to run a railroad. The sheriff of a frontier town so raw its only name is New Water Stop One. And a gang of outlaws on a mission. When these forces collide, bullets fly!
After pulling off their latest train robbery, outlaw leader C.C. Ellis and his unruly gang of long riders set their sights on a new target, a rich mining operation. There are only two men who can stand in their way. Sheriff Max Boyd, a lawman who doesn’t always play by the rules, and Colonel Randolph Doss, the brutal security chief of the Colorado Western Express R.R. Co. Doss pursues Ellis like Ahab pursued the white whale, while Boyd pursues his aim of keeping the town standing . . . and even some of C.C.’s gang are secretly pursuing their own agendas. There will be plenty of hot lead on the road to a final showdown…
In the town of Bannet, Doss Edding, son of a wealthy land baron, led the cold-blooded Half Moon Gang on a spree of theft and murder that should have put him behind bars for the rest of his life. But the corrupt local law has set the accused man free to wreak more havoc.
Arizona Ranger Sam Burrack is determined to put the desperadoes six feet under, but to do so, he must outfox the hired gun Doss’s father set on his trail. With a price on his head and powerful men protecting his prey, Burrack will need all his skill and determination to see that even in a lawless world, justice is done.