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“Cotton’s blend of history and imagination works because authentic Old West detail and dialogue fill his books.”—Wild West Magazine
Posted March 19, 2005
In Gunman's Song, cowboy Cray Dawson teams up with the famous gunslinger, Fast Larry Shaw, to track down and kill the men who killed the woman both of them loved. I flat out was plum crazy about Gunman's Song; thought it had all the elements of a fine western. In Between Hell and Texas, Cray Dawson is no longer with Fast Larry, instead he's on his own, headed back home to Texas to take up life where he left off. Cray doesn't want to be a gunman, has no interest in having a reputation, but now, because of what he did while with Fast Larry...he does have the reputation. All of a sudden everyone thinks he IS a top gun, a fast-drawing, straight-shooting, never-back-down big time gunman. And, of course, all the wanna be gunslingers, all of them wanting to build their reputations, they all want a piece of Cray Dawson...each one of them wants to be known as 'the man who killed Cray Dawson.' And so, life as he once knew it, has changed forever for Cray. Once home again, he gets involved with the sister of the dead girl, the sister of the woman he'd loved so much. The relationship between these two is as interesting as everything else in this terrific book. I've recently discovered the writing of Ralph Cotton, and have become a huge fan. I am a published writer myself, with five books in print, not westerns, but recently I started to write some westerns. In the process I began to read as many westerns as possible, by as many different writers as I could, to see what I could learn from the pros. I had long been a fan of Louis L'Amour, and have come to appreciate a number of other excellent new western writers, too. However, none of them has much of anything over Ralph Cotton. Cotton knows what he's doing, has a solid grasp of what it takes to create a western that is believable, full of action, one that moves fast, a book with characters you care about, and one that's satisfying and fun to read. If you've never read any Ralph Cotton, check him out, for sure. And do read Gunman's Song, and Between Hell and Texas...you won't be disappointed.
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