Between Hell and Texas

Between Hell and Texas

by Ralph Cotton

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After Cray Dawson helps bring down the Talbert Gang, he gains the reputation of a shootist. But Cray doesn’t consider himself a gunfighter. All he wants to do is mosey on home to Somos Santos, Texas, and get back to chasing dogies.

Trouble is, Somos Santos has changed since Cray last walked its dusty streets. There’s a new sheriff in town by the name of Lematte, and the only law he keeps is his own. With an army of vicious outlaws riding shotgun as deputies, Lematte has the town under his thumb—until Cray decides to make the most of his bad reputation…

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ISBN-13: 9780451211507
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/02/2004
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 794,747
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.74(h) x 0.76(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Ralph Cotton has been an ironworker, second mate on a commercial barge, a teamster, a horse trainer, and a lay minister with the Lutheran church. He’s written six historical novels in the critically-acclaimed Jetson Nash series, one of which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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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

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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 won't be disappointed.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good book. Great western story lines. Ralph Cotton has done it again.