Death of a Texas Ranger A True Story of Murder and Vengeance on the Texas Frontier

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  • Copyright: 6/3/2014
  • Publisher: TwoDot
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Death of a Texas Ranger is the thrilling, action-packed story of the murder of Texas Ranger John Green by Cesario Menchaca, one of three Rangers of Mexican descent under Green’s command. Immediately word spread that the killing may have been the botched outcome of a contract taken out on Menchaca’s life by the notorious Gabriel Marnoch, a local naturalist who had run up against the law himself. But was it? Much more than just a story about a tragic frontier killing, it is the story of an era. The events leading up to the murder and Green’s son’s decades’ long quest for justice for his father’s killer exemplify the chaotic frontier society in Texas after the Civil War, a time fraught with political turmoil and cultural clashes. Amidst that chaos, the virgin landscape of Texas was a magnet to those interested in the natural sciences in the nineteenth century, an era often referred to as the Age of Darwin. The clash between the seemingly pastoral landscape with its offerings for science and the brutal history of the region ties this very readable regional history into the larger American story.

Author Biography

Cynthia Leal Massey combines her background in journalism and love of history to write award-winning historical fiction and nonfiction history. Born and raised on the south side of San Antonio, TX, she has resided in Helotes, 20 miles northwest of the Alamo City since 1994. A full-time writer who publishes a monthly column for her community newspaper, Cynthia is a past president of Women Writing the West, a national writers group. A former corporate editor, college instructor, and magazine editor, she has published hundreds of magazine and newspaper articles. She was the 2008 Winner of the Lone Star Award for Magazine Journalism given by the Houston Press Club for "Is UT Holding Our History Hostage?" published in Scene in SA magazine. The article was also the finalist for the Texas Institute of Letters O. Henry Award for Best Work of Magazine Journalism. Her first novel, Fire Lilies, a saga of the Mexican Revolution won the EPIC ebook award for Best Romance and its sequel, The Caballeros of Ruby, Texas was a WILLA Literary Award Finalist for Best Original Softcover Fiction. Her recent books chronicle the history of her adopted hometown.

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