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Dan Jenkins, Author Simon & Schuster $19.45 (0p) ISBN 978-0-671-60206-2
The central character in this energetic tale set in the Depression era is a brainy, resourceful beauty who ``has it all,'' including, at the start of the story, a brand-new husband and her father's small-town Texas newspaper to run. But Betsy Throckmorton also has courage, which proves a dangerous commodity as she uses her paper to expose a ``Texas Murder Machine,'' a scheme masterminded by a Texas Ranger that lures unsuspecting hobos into masquerading as bank robbers so they will be shot for the bounty money, and that is also responsible for the murder of Betsy's husband. The writing is fast and punchy, and the story, which is full of spicy characters, has much to say about the day-to-day routine of a small newspaper, the Texas passion for football and the Depression's rough times. Jenkins probably has another bestseller to join Semi-Tough and Life Its Ownself. Major ad/promo; author tour. (Nov.)
Reviewed on: 11/03/1988
Release date: 11/01/1988
Paperback - 416 pages - 978-0-87565-240-5
Mass Market Paperbound - 978-0-312-91767-8
Open Ebook - 404 pages - 978-0-87565-539-0
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