A Tale Out of Luck: A Novel

A Tale Out of Luck: A Novel

by Willie Nelson, Mike Blakely

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Retired Texas Ranger Captain Hank Tomlinson intends to spend the rest of his days raising cattle on his Broken Arrow Ranch, and nurturing his frontier town of Luck, Texas. But when the brutal murder and scalping of a mysterious drifter leads to a clash between cavalry soldiers and a band of Comanche Indians suspected of the killing, a full-scale Indian uprising seems likely. Worse yet, the murder of the drifter bears a disturbing resemblance to a string of killings Hank remembers from his distant and violent past as a Texas Ranger.

Meanwhile, Hank's twenty-year-old son, Jay Blue, and his adoptive brother, Skeeter, find themselves on the trail of a valuable Kentucky mare who vanished under their watch. The trail leads them into the dangerous haunts of outlaws and vengeful Comanche warriors. Now Hank must attempt to keep his sons safe while trying to catch a murderer who he knows will soon strike again. His ace-in-the-hole is beautiful Flora Barlow, the tavern owner with a knack for detective work.

Though rival lawman, Matt Kenyon, and competing rancher, Jack Brennan, complicate Hank's investigation, he and Flora slowly begin to uncover a crooked web of crime, deception, and murder. Dark secrets emerge, and everyone must choose sides as lawmen, outlaws, soldiers, and Indian warriors converge for a final, bloody confrontation.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599951768
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 09/03/2008
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 482,642
File size: 419 KB

About the Author

Willie Nelson was born April 30, 1933 and grew up in Abbott, TX. A country singer/songwriter, he developed his own style of music combining rock and roll, jazz, western swing, and folk.In the 1970s he partnered with Waylon Jennings to form an offshoot genre of country music called "outlaw country."Willie's chart topping songs include "Good Hearted Woman,"If You've Got the Money, I've Got the Time,"Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," and "On the Road Again."

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Tale Out of Luck 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
MinnesotaReader More than 1 year ago
Legendary Singer/Songwriter Willie Nelson and co-writer Mike Blakely have brilliantly created a captivating tale of adventure and murder set in the old west frontier town of Luck, Texas. It tells the story of what happens to retired Texas Ranger/Rancher Hank Tomlinson when the dark secrets of his past catch up with him. The tale begins with the gruesome discovery of a brutally murdered body, and the terrifying realization that the slaying resembles a series of killings from Hank's past. He and his sons solemnly vow to catch the killer and solve the mystery. Their quest leads them into dangerous confrontations with the Comanche Indians, an avengeful son and a wicked rival rancher. Mr. Nelson and Mr. Blakely are masterful storytellers, having created a suspenseful, engrossing storyline that enthralled me from start to finish. They did a magnificent job crafting a fascinating cast of unique characters. The added touch of Native American lore embellished the story nicely. I absolutely loved this intriguing, old-fashioned western and hated to see it end. I highly recommend this extremely entertaining book!!
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Anonymous 8 months ago
Loved it! Great story line and plenty of smaller stories inside the main theme. Fun read and on the line with the Johnstones and better than country/western writers popular now. Right along side of the best. Thank you sir for a good read!