Elmer Kelton, Author . Forge $23.95 (288p) ISBN 978-0-7653-0571-8

Seven-time Spur Award–winner Kelton (Way of the Coyote) returns with the fourth installment of his Texas Ranger series, once again offering a wild ride of six-gun justice as former Ranger Rusty Shannon comes to know what it really means to be cold-blooded. Texas in 1874 is still soaked in post-Civil War bitterness: roaming bands of outlaws and family feuds stoke the flames of violence. Rusty now owns a farm in south Texas and hopes to marry sweet Josie Monahan and settle down to raise a family. The Monahans, however, have some trouble. Their youngest daughter has run off to marry a no-good cowboy, one of the sons of the bank-robbing, horse-stealing Bascom family. When she escapes from the Bascoms and returns home, the outlaw clan comes to take her back or silence her forever, but Josie is murdered by mistake. Grief and the need for revenge overwhelm the usually cool Rusty, and he sets out after the wrong man. Aided by his pals Andy Pickard and Len Tanner, he tears across Texas on a manhunt. Andy and Len carry badges, so any murderous, thieving varmints who cross their path are left full of bullet holes, and it's all legal-like. When Rusty finally corners his prey and learns the truth about Josie's killing, an unusual showdown more than evens the score. Kelton is a master storyteller who offers more than just blood and gunsmoke. The right blend of action, drama, romance, humor and suspense makes this a handsome addition to his ongoing saga of the Old West. Agent, Nat Sobel.(Sept.)

Reviewed on: 08/19/2002
Release date: 09/01/2002
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 411 pages - 978-0-7862-4978-7
Mass Market Paperbound - 256 pages - 978-0-7653-4479-3
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