The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Texas

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-09
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot
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A fascinating journey through the Lone Star State's unruly past with maps, photos, and more Texas rightfully claims a celebrated place in the "wildest" West of both myth and realitywhich makes it truly stranger than fiction thatThe Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Texasis the first-ever travel guide to the many sites related to the Lone Star State's renowned rambunctious past. From outlaws like Sam Bass and John Wesley Hardin to Bonnie & Clyde and Houston's notorious Candy Man killer (so hated that he was buried secretly by the prison warden under a fictional name in a never-disclosed gravesite), Texas has dozens of places where true-crime buffs can actually stand close to history. For many readers, the attraction to these sitessome well-known, some obscured by timeis irresistible. Written with the same fast-paced, gripping style that marked the author's widely praised earlier work,The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Texasis an indispensable resource for both criminal-history enthusiasts and travelers. Each site description includes a concise summary of the location's significance, historical context, maps, directions, and photos. Ron Franscellis a rising true-crime author, a seasoned traveler, and a Texan. His third book, the bestsellingThe Darkest Night(previously released in hardcover asFall), established him as one of the most provocative new voices in narrative nonfiction. He lives in San Antonio, Texas. Praise for a previous book by the same author,The Darkest Night "Heartbreaking . . . Not unlike Truman Capote'sIn Cold Blood." ChicagoSun-Times "This uncommon story has every chilling component of human terror, drama, and suspense that readers of true crime look for." Vincent Bugliosi, #1New York Timesbestselling author ofHelter Skelter "A very, very, good book . . . written by a very, very, good writer." Ann Rule, #1New York Timesbestselling author ofStranger Beside Me

Author Biography

Ron Franscell is a rising true-crime figure, a seasoned traveler and a Texan. Ron has ridden the wide range between journalism, fiction and nonfiction with extraordinary success. Ron’s third book, an intimate nonfiction originally entitled "FALL: The Rape and Murder of Innocence in a Small Town," was published in January 2007 and established him as one of the most provocative new voices in narrative nonfiction. FALL (and its best-selling 2008 paperback edition entitled THE DARKEST NIGHT) is the true story of two girls, two men and an entire town — all changed by one harrowing night. But this suspenseful, atmospheric and moving account is more than a typical true-crime yarn; it’s a classic tragedy told by someone who was there, about how the past echoes poisonously into the present — for individuals, for families, for entire communities.

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