Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Texas

Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Texas

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by Ron Franscell
     
 

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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 reality—which makes it truly stranger than fiction that The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Texas is the first-ever

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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 reality—which makes it truly stranger than fiction that The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Texas is the first-ever travel guide to the many sites related to the Lone Star State's renowned rambunctious past, complete with GPS coordinates that put you at the scene of the action.

From outlaws like Sam Bass and John Wesley Hardin to Bonnie & Clyde and Houston's notorious Candy Man killer, Texas has dozens of places where true-crime buffs can actually stand close to history. For many readers, the attraction to these sites—some well-known, some obscured by time—is 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 Texas is 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.

Praise for a previous book by the same author, The Darkest Night

“Heartbreaking . . . Not unlike Truman Capote's In Cold Blood.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“This uncommon story has every chilling component of human terror, drama, and suspense that readers of true crime look for.” —Vincent Bugliosi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter

“A very, very, good book . . . written by a very, very, good writer.” —Ann Rule, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Beside Me

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“The research in this book is simply amazing! Ron Franscell has basically re-mapped Texas, specifically pinpointing where all of our most notorious outlaws lived, performed their gruesome deeds, and died. On top of that, he's uncovered riveting stories about outlaws in far away corners of the state that very few us even knew about. For everyone interested in Texas’ great outlaw past, this is an indispensable guide.”? Skip Hollandsworth, executive editor of Texas Monthly “Gifted crime writer Ron Franscell takes you along on an absolutely fascinating road trip. And along the way, be prepared to often hear yourself saying, ‘Damn, I didn’t know that!”— Carlton Stowers, dean of Texas true crime and Edgar-winning author of “To The Last Breath” and “Careless Whispers” “Texas has more than its share of unforgettable crime stories that cover a full range of human emotions—from the tragically comical to the unspeakably horrific. None of those stories can be fully understood without the context of place and Ron Franscell’s OUTLAW TEXAS, an effective combination of interesting stories, directions, and GPS coordinates, gives us the ‘what and where’ necessary to understand our uniquely Texan true-crime heritage.”— Gary Lavergne, bestselling author of “A Sniper in the Tower” and “Bad Boy from Redbud” “Can’t wait to fire up my GPS. A fascinating trek through Texas crime.” —Kathryn Casey, author of the Texas true crimes “Shattered” and “Descent into Hell”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780762774937
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/09/2010
Series:
Crime Buff's Guides
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
232
File size:
5 MB

Meet the Author

Ron Franscell is a rising true-crime author, a seasoned traveler, and a Texan. His third book, the bestselling The Darkest Night (previously released in hardcover as Fall), established him as one of the most provocative new voices in narrative nonfiction.

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The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Texas 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
GilSonJo More than 1 year ago
I was given this book as a gift for fathers day. Working in the Law Enforcement field in Texas myself, this book was really great. It has some great ideas for families that may be taking trips through Texas or for the everyday Texan that has lived here and is looking for a little history behind thier town or neighboring citis. I really enjoyed it and was blown away by the extent the author went in being thorough in his research. A great read for those old west buffs.
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CFouxy More than 1 year ago
Outlaw Texas is a great book for various "reader" types! I love the added detail to the history of each case! Information I haven't read anywhere else! This book is a great gift for any occassion! I am so excited to bring my book on my next roadtrip to locate the actual location of the "outlaws"! In a Texas town near you...Great read!
Anne_from_Texas More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the easiest reading history books you'll ever read!! It is a must-have for anyone who loves Texas history and true crime stories and who likes to go out an find the places where history really happened! Highly recommended.