Dusty Richards Books in Order

The Dusty Richards books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Dusty Richards books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Rodeo Riders Books

The Natural

Richards, Dusty 2002

There's a lot of tough competition in the rodeo arena-from the man behind the microphone to the cowboys and cowgirls that ride, rope, and climb on the bucking stock. The Natural puts you in the boots of famed rodeo announcer Brad Turner, racing his horse Golden Boy into the arena and welcoming the crowd to a pro rodeo performance in Jackson, Mississippi.

You'll hit the road with Brad as he criss-crosses the country struggling with life, love, and business on the pro rodeo circuit. You'll meet Zola Johns, the rebellious, barrel racing beauty with her eye on the prize of winning a national championship, and Shoat Krammer, the young rough-and-tumble rookie that's the real natural coming up the hard way.

Tough, gritty, and written with the authenticity of a lifelong rodeo veteran, two-time Spur Award-winning author Dusty Richards tells a tale so real, you'll be dusting the dirt from the arena off your Wranglers before you're done.

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Publication Order of Herschel Baker Books

The Horse Creek Incident

Richards, Dusty 2006
When a brutal cattle baron lays siege to Horse Creek, Montana, controlling both the law and the land, Herschel Baker, after his friend is murdered, decides that enough is enough and takes a stand against greed and injustice. Original. Read More

Montana Revenge

Richards, Dusty 2007
The sheriff of Yellowstone County, Montana, Herschel Baker, on a mission to bring the law to this lawless land, must make an example out of the men responsible for hanging cowboy Billy Hanks from a tree with the label HOSS STEELER pinned to his chest. Original. Read More

The Sundown Chaser

Richards, Dusty 2009

From the winner of the 2007 Spur Award for Best Paperback Original for The Horse Creek Incident, comes a story of a man who stood up for the law--and the criminal that made him the man he is… As the new sheriff of Yellowstone County, Montana, ex-rancher Herschel Baker cleaned up the badlands with the weight of the law behind him—and the weight of a six-gun at his side.

Now, he’s trying to solve a deadly puzzle that involves one lead-laden corpse, a large sum of missing cash, and a loose end that points to cattle rustling. But his trouble hasn't even arrived yet. There's a hard-as-nails, border-hopping horse-thief riding up from Mexico.

He's bringing a woman on the run, a body count of criminals he's killed for bounty, and a gun hand as hard and quick as Herschel's. Because this man is no simple robber, shootist, or brigand for hire. His name is Thurman Baker. But Herschel calls him father…

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Wulf's Tracks

Richards, Dusty 2010
New in the Spur Award-winning Herschel Baker series When Sheriff Herschel Baker's young cousin, Wulf, turns out to be good with a gun, Baker pins a deputy badge on him. But once the lawmen track down a thief, Wulf finds that he has a score or two to settle back home. Read More

Publication Order of Byrnes Family Ranch Books

Texas Blood Feud

Richards, Dusty 2009
Chet Byrnes is trying to hold his Texas family ranch together for one more winter and one more cattle drive. After he hangs three horse thieves on the banks of the Red River, a blood feud erupts. Original. Read More

Between Hell and Texas

Richards, Dusty 2011

Texas Tough. Arizona Bound. With blood and tears, Chet Byrnes built a life in Texas, only to have it shattered by an ill-fated cattle drive and two deadly family feuds. Spurned by the woman he loves, Chet sets off for new territory. The journey won't come cheap.

And Ready For Any Fight That Comes. Chet leads the Byrnes family across New Mexico into a harsh, haunting land. His long lost brother Cagle, after 15 years living among the Comanche, reappears. So does the family's blackest black sheep. Then, amidst old grudges and new battles, Chet picks up the trail of a killer he desperately wants to bring to justice.

The reward is a hearty welcome to Arizona. The risk: dying before he can meet the one woman who'd make it all worthwhile. . ."Nobody spins a better western tale. If you want to read how real cowboys lived and worked, then you must read a Dusty Richards novel.

" --Mike Kearby"Dusty Richards writes. . .with the flavor of the real West." --Elmer Kelton"Dusty Richards is the embodiment of the old west." --Storyteller Magazine

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Blood on the Verde River

Richards, Dusty 2013

"Dusty Richards writes. . .with the flavor of the real West." --Elmer Kelton"Dusty Richards is the embodiment of the old west. He brings it to life so realistically, you can almost feel the bullets whizzing past your face." --Storyteller MagazineNever Fight A Man.

. .600 miles from a railroad head in Texas, Chet Byrnes and a handful of cowboys set out to build a new life on the Arizona frontier. Behind the Byrnes family is a tale of bloodshed and blood feuds. What lies ahead is any kind of future they can scrape together out of a merciless landscape--as long as they're willing to make it on their own.

. . .Who Has Fought His Way From Texas.From a woman who lays claim to Chet's heart to a land ripe for grazing, the Arizona territory begins to open its arms to the dauntless determination of the Byrnes family. But with every success there rises up a gathering danger.

A sheriff who won't do his job. Trigger happy outlaws competing to kill. And a mysterious rancher hell bent on running a herd across Chet's land--and forcing the Texan into a war. . .

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Brothers in Blood

Richards, Dusty 2013

"Dusty Richards writes. . .with the flavor of the real West." --Elmer KeltonArizona Is Hard Country. . .Chet Byrnes is building a new life in Arizona Territory as he expands his cattle ranching operation--but trouble just keeps coming. A friend's young daughter is abducted, and the search leads Chet and his men to the wild town of Tombstone and ultimately south of the border, where everything comes with a price.

. .and life is cheap. And Chet Brynes Is A Hard ManAs much as Chet longs to stay close to home and his beloved wife, friends and family continue to need his brand of help. He's able to track stagecoach robbers and face down threats to his kin. But the pursuit of a band of ruthless rustlers ends in a devastating tragedy for the Brynes family.

. ."Dusty takes readers into the real west at full gallop." --New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas"Dusty Richards is the embodiment of the old west." --Storyteller Magazine

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Ambush Valley

Richards, Dusty 2014

"Dusty takes readers into the real west at full gallop." --New York Times bestselling author Jodi ThomasRide into an unforgettable tale of valiant courage and bloody conflict from the Western Heritage and Spur award--winning author Dusty Richards. . .

They've Crossed The Line. . .Chet Byrnes has his hands full taking care of his family and running his ranching operation in Arizona Territory. But he still takes his responsibilities as a deputy U.S. marshal very seriously. Bandits have been crossing the border, cutting a bloody swath of mayhem--stealing horses, robbing banks, and murdering innocent folk--then high-tailing it back to safety in Mexico.

For The Last TimeThe chief U.S. marshal asks Chet to lead a secret task force to stop the raids and round up the border bandits--dead or alive. But the bandits fight back--putting a five-hundred-dollar bounty on Chet's head. Now he's got bushwhackers to deal with, and when he's led into an ambush, it's kill or be killed in a life-or-death showdown.

. ."Dusty Richards writes. . .with the flavor of the real West." --Elmer Kelton

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A Good Day To Kill

Richards, Dusty 2015

"Dusty takes readers into the real west at full gallop." --New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas In the thrilling new saga from Western Heritage and Spur award-winning author Dusty Richards, Chet Byrnes stands his ground--with his courage, guns, and blood.

 For Chet Byrnes, building a ranching empire means adding new land, hiring good men, finding water and trying new breeds of cattle. But outlaws and Tuscon's idle rich want to take it all away--and Arizona just may be too lawless to stop it. So while the Byrnes family expands its reach, Chet must do his job hunting down outlaws on either side of the border.

 Chet's cowboys prove to be tireless fighters, going up against former Mexican military men, a powerful family with bad in their blood. Then Chet takes on the most dangerous risk of all: a bloody, all-out shooting war--with everything to lose, and one last enemy to kill.

.. "Dusty Richards writes.  .  .with the flavor of the real West." --Elmer Kelton

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Arizona Territory

Richards, Dusty 2015

“Dusty takes readers into the real west at full gallop.” —New York Times bestselling author Jodi ThomasWestern Heritage and Spur award-winning author Dusty Richards tells the thrilling saga of Chet Byrnes, a man who brought the spirit of Texas into Arizona Territory—and the guns to back it up…Have Gun, Will Battle Chet Byrnes has built a ranching empire from the ground up.

And he’s defended it with his sweat, blood and a ragtag band of ranch-hand fighters. Now a beautiful young Spanish widow comes into Chet’s life, just as he starts off in search of a lost cattle drive. The search leads into the eye of a sprawling, violent storm.

Chet, and his men—and his seductive new woman—end up on a wild ride through Nebraska, Colorado and Kansas, where authorities want to confiscate the beeves for trespassing. With Indians, outlaws and an oppressive government crossing their path, Chet is on a cowboy’s honeymoon: fighting and shooting all the way back home.

“Dusty Richards writes…with the flavor of the real West.” —Elmer Kelton

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Pray for the Dead

Richards, Dusty 2016

"Dusty Richards writes…with the flavor of the real West." --Elmer KeltonThe American frontier comes alive in this blazing saga of Chet Byrnes and his family empire by Western Heritage and Spur award-winning author Dusty Richards…Between The Living And The DeadThe Byrnes family has fought fiercely for its ranching empire.

And with success comes the fate of empires: The Brynes have taken in far-flung family members, hired hands and folks looking for another chance at life. The Byrnes clan has taken their fair share of hurt, too, taking on outlaws too deadly and powerful for the law.

When a stage is robbed of a fortune in gold, the Byrnes boys set off on a wild race through the wilderness. But who are the men they are chasing? And where have they stashed the gold? In a harsh, unforgiving land, the Byrnes men face a mystery of gold and death--that could explode like a bomb in their hands.

.. "Dusty takes readers into the real west at full gallop." --New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas

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Deadly Is the Night

Richards, Dusty 2016

In the latest installment of his epic Byrnes family saga, Western Heritage and Spur Award-winning author Dusty Richards tells of the blood that was spilled trying to make Arizona Territory a good place to live . . .   Building a ranching empire is one thing, keeping it out of the hands of robbers, kidnappers, murderers, embezzlers, and every no good opportunist crawling through the Arizona desert is a daily grind for Chet Byrnes.

He’s just as likely to rescue a stolen daughter as he is to recover rustled cattle on any given day. But with a family to keep safe and enough real target practice to keep his aim deadly, nothing’s going to stop Chet from bringing his ranch into a bold new era.

And if that means he’ll have to go to war to run a new telegraph line through the godforsaken territories, he’s got the manpower, the willpower, and the bullets to light up the night with blood . . .   “Dusty takes readers into the real west at full gallop.

” —New York Times bestselling author Jodi Thomas

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Valley of Bones

Richards, Dusty 2017

“Dusty Richards writes . . . with the flavor of the real West.”—Elmer KeltonThe Byrnes family saga continues in this epic novel by Western Heritage, Western Writers of America, and Spur Award winning Dusty Richards, starting with a trailblazing moment in our nation’s history—and ending in bloodsoaked vengeance .

. .   A landmark feat of innovation is about to change the American West forever. With electric cables stretching from the Colorado River to Gallup, New Mexico, a new telegraph system will connect the settlers of the Arizona Territory to rest of the country—a dream come true for rancher Chet Byrnes and his family.

But laying four hundred miles of steel wire can be a deadly task. Chet has to face off with hired henchmen who would kill to sabotage the project. Chet’s nephew JD has his hands full with cutthroat rustlers on the Mexican border. And a pair of outlaws from Chet’s past have come seeking revenge for the hangings of the Reynolds clan—revenge that can only be paid with Byrnes family blood .

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Richards, Dusty 2018

Western Heritage and Western Writers of America Spur Award-winning author Dusty Richards spins a thrilling new tale in the epic Byrnes family saga . . .   In the brutal, unforgiving wastes of the Arizona desert, Chet Byrnes built a cattle ranching empire with his bare hands, steel will, and a fast draw.

As the U.S. marshal, he risks his life to bring law to a lawless land.   When a new railroad route is planned to pass through Navajo territory, Chet fights to get the Indians a contract to supply the locomotives with coal. But the corrupt politicians in Tucson and D.

C. have other ideas. The coal contract means millions, and the ruthless Tucson Ring will do anything to get it—even if it means killing a U.S. marshal. Battling bandits, the railroad, and a corrupt gang of millionaires, Chet won’t back down until the desert is painted red with blood.

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Rage for Vengeance

Richards, Dusty 2018

A blazing new chapter in the epic Byrnes family saga from Western Heritage and Western Writers of America Spur Award-winning author Dusty Richards . . .   Born out of the grit, sweat, and drive of a cattle ranching empire, U.S. Marshal Chet Byrnes is turning the savage and lawless Arizona desert into a homeland.

To some he’s the hero that the West needs. To others, he’s a moving target.   Chet is spearheading a stage line from Gallup to the Colorado River. It’ll be a boon to Navajo trading posts, and lay out the territory for new settlements. Unfortunately, it’s not Gerald Hall’s idea of progress—killing Chet is.

The mysterious Texas gambler has hired three kill-crazy assassins—and counting—to bury Chet under a storm of bullets. To turn the tables on a game of revenge, Chet has to match the deranged Texan play by play, body by body, and bullet for bullet.

Come hell or high water, that stage line is going through—even if it’s forged in blood.

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Publication Order of Foxy Hens Books

Two Foxy Holiday Hens and One Big Rooster

Richards, Dusty 2009

National best selling author and two-time winner of the Spur Award, Dusty Richards, joins the Foxy Hens for this rollicking collection of mystery-filled historical romance novellas. Back by Independence Day by Dusty Richards U.S. Deputy Marshal Cal Hanks squeals like a pig caught under a gate when he learns there's a freckle faced woman riding with his posse in pursuit of criminals.

New York reporter Gertrude Staunton is eager to report on the 'Hanging Judge's' men at work. The crusty lawman knows it won't work, but Trudy is not to be deterred. Ride with these amusing characters in a amusing romance across the prairie. Thanksgiving with a Mysterious Stranger by Jackie King Hannah Smith determines to prove out her land stake in 1889 Guthrie, O.

T., after her mail-order husband is murdered. This arduous task is complicated by a mysterious and handsome stranger who exudes danger yet carries his mother's Bible in his saddlebags. The Best of the Christmas Flowers by Peggy Fielding Lily Flowers' sister, Pansy, becomes embroiled in serious troubles because of her choice of lovers.

Young Lily's quick thinking and strong actions save Pansy and the rest of the Flowers family at Christmas. Lily finds love in the midst of the chaos.

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Publication Order of Lost Books

The Bounty Man and Doe

Dusty Richards 2011
The Bounty Man and Doe is a good western tale with an unusual romantic twist as Sam Brennen searches for his wife's killer with a young Indian woman. The action is typical Dusty Richards, and the story is told with the richness of the west as its backdrop. Read More

Publication Order of Frank Brothers Books

Outlaw Queen

Dusty Richards 2012

This book is the first in a new series by famous Western Writer, Dusty Richards, called the Frank Brothers Series. Outlaw Queen is a unique look at the west through the eyes of, Rath Macon, a young rancher who loses everything to a greedy wife. The title character, the Outlaw Queen, is a woman who has also been deceived by a spouse.

Her husband was a member of the infamous James Gang, and she didn't know of his secret life until he was killed. Being the widow of an outlaw kept her weary of everyone. Everyone except Rath Macon.

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Blue Roan Colt

Dusty Richards 2012

In the fall of 1945, after four years of serving on the bloody front lines, Army Staff Sergeant Mark Shaw came back from World War II to return to his wife and find himself a ranch manager's job in Arizona. His skull was still exploding to the rattle of machine gun rounds and incoming screaming artillery shells.

But tougher trials than the bloody trenches of Europe had posed soon slam into Mark's life.

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Brackeen's Law

Richards, Dusty 2013
In a Dusty Richards western, the villains are greedy and selfish behind the facade of being real people. But Dusty's cowboys are men of vision, a cut above the rest. Brackeen's Law is the third book in the Frank Brothers Series. Read More


Richards, Dusty 2014

In the fourth volume of Dusty Richards' Frank Brothers Series, you find the Civil War sizzling in the East while the Frank Brothers live their raw ranch-style lives in the West Texas hill country. Although absent from the battleground, they still find themselves fighting their own wars.

If they can avoid a fetched arrow or a .45 slug, they might just build the empire they're hoping for.

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Publication Order of Phil Guthrey Books

Chaparral Range War

Richards, Dusty 2013

From Dusty Richards, winner of the 2007 Spur Award for The Horse Creek Incident, comes a brand-new series about a former Texas Ranger out to enforce the law, no matter where he goes… When the Texas Legislature decided to stop paying its rangers, Phil Guthrey knew it was time to move on to greener pastures.

As he rides into Arizona Territory, he finds a slew of criminals running free—thanks to Crook County’s no-good sheriff. With reports of rape, arson, theft, fatal shootouts, and foul play, Guthrey decides to make it his mission to rehabilitate Crook County, not to mention capture the heart of the spunky Cally Bridges.

As Guthrey sets out to bring to justice the men terrorizing his new home, he knows he must ultimately find a way to uproot Sheriff Killion if he wants to clean up the county for good. The fight will be long and hard, but for a former Texas Ranger like Guthrey, getting your hands dirty is just part of the job…

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Once a Ranger

Richards, Dusty 2014

Spur Award winner Dusty Richards is back with a brand-new adventure featuring a former Texas Ranger with a talent for finding trouble, even when he stays put… Ex-Ranger Phil Guthrey swore he’d never stop roaming the West, bringing justice to the lawless whenever the situation called.

But after cleaning up the criminals of Crook County, Arizona, he finds himself not only elected to be the county sheriff but settling down with a pretty, young girl for a wife. Except keeping the peace in Crook County is less relaxing than Guthrey would have imagined.

Border bandits are accustomed to raiding the territory at will, and they’re not too keen on giving up the practice. Between his new wife and a town under constant threat, this former Texas Ranger is about to get more than his fair share of action…

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Publication Order of Brandiron Books

A Bride for Gil

Richards, Dusty 2015

Gil Slatter’s quick on the draw and has a head for running a ranch, but he’s also a lonely man with nothing more than a cot in the bunkhouse at the TXY Ranch to call home. But when the foreman drops dead of a heart attack and the owner picks Gil to take his place, his world turns upside down.

One day life is simple. The next he’s running the outfit and married to a woman who has never known affection. Between wild horses, outlaws, rustlers, an ambitious young landowner with a mean streak, and the flirtatious wife of the ranch owner, it’s no easy task Gil faces.

But with his new bride beside him, he’ll take the TXY to new heights of success… or die trying!

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The Mustanger and the Lady

Richards, Dusty 2016

Vince was a mustanger with a solitary camp high in the Rusty Hills, where he worked his operation alone. He liked it that way. Then, on a trip back from selling some mustangs, he came across Molly, a saloon girl on the run from some pretty bad hombres.

Before he knew it, her fight was his fight, and he was looking forward to a life with her. They just had to fight a small war first.

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The Texas Badge

Richards, Dusty 2016

Bank robbery. Jailbreak. Massacre. Alone, each would send good folks reeling. But when all three occur in the same night in the same small South Texas town leaving no eyewitnesses behind, it could be the end of the world. Saddler County Sheriff Dell Hoffman is charged with bringing the perpetrators of these horrific crimes to justice, but even the toughest and most cunning lawman in Texas has his limits.

With nothing to go on but five bloody bodies, a cracked safe, and an empty jail, Dell works the fringe of his sleepy western town-the forgotten, the invisible, those who often see without being seen. The more he learns, though, the more he wishes he could forget.

In search of the truth, Dell finds himself pulled into an dark world of murder, deception, and brutality the likes of which he never imagined. Will he solve the most heinous crime in Texas history? Or will Dell's drive for justice lead him to an even greater tragedy for both himself and those he cares for most?

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A Funeral Ain't the Place

Richards, Dusty 2016

Jim Glover’s been through a lot. Gunfights, treks through the desert, battles with outlaws and Indians. Made it through unscathed every time. Now, he’s got to fight something worse—bring his buddy, Joe Cantrel, back home to Soldier Springs for the last time.

See him buried proper. And—just maybe—set right the biggest mistake Joe ever made.

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The Cherokee Strip/Range War of Callie County

Richards, Dusty 2016

Norman Thompson doesn't seek out trouble, but it has a way of finding him, anyhow. All he wants is a job as a ranch foreman. He'd tried in Montana, but ended up in a gunfight with a pair of ugly-looking brothers over a horse. Leaving one dead and the other swearing revenge, Norm figures it'd be wise to make himself scarce.

He heads south, to Nebraska. Instead of work, though, he finds something he never expected—a partner. Edith is a beautiful young woman with a sordid past of her own. Together, they start a cattle ranch, driving herds up in the summer to the lush grass of the newly-opened Cherokee Strip.

With his brawn and her brains, it’s a winning combination.  The sins of yesteryear, though, are not so easily left behind. Norm’s reputation as a gunfighter won’t die. While he settles into a new life as a ranch owner and family man, forces are at work to take it all away.

Will he and Edith find the happiness they’ve been searching for? Or will the ghosts of the past burn it all to bitter ashes?  

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Gold in the Sun

Richards, Dusty 2017

The son of a prosperous Arizona rancher, Boone Scott is content to raise cattle for the rest of his days. Not his brother, Eppley. Dangerously dissatisfied, he plots to take over the family ranch. When Epp pays an assassin to kill him, Boone's lightning-quick hands leave a fistful of dead men behind.

Unaware of his brother's treachery, Boone flees and faces danger from hired gunmen, rustlers, and wild Apaches. If he can survive, he just might come up against the deadliest peril of all: a showdown with his own flesh and blood.

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The Pride of Texas

Richards, Dusty 2017

With the authenticity of a real cowboy, bestselling author Dusty Richards weaves a moving coming-of-age story set against the cattle trails and open vistas of South Texas.Twin brothers Andrew and Jackson Franks have lived and worked under the iron fist of their father, Prior, for as long as they can remember.

But when a petty household argument turns violent and Prior shoots and kills their mother before turning the gun upon himself, the boys are left with nothing but each other and the family’s hardscrabble South Texas ranch. Andrew’s a planner and a thinker, while Jackson’s a workhorse with a stubborn streak a couple miles wide.

They’ve both got dreams of climbing out of the dust to become real Texas cattleman, but they’ll need a hell of a lot more than hope to make it happen. They’ll need luck, too, a whole damn heap of it… and it comes in a form they never imagined.

Texas law—enforced by the crotchety county judge—says they need a guardian, and the judge finds a cousin from Arkansas, a widow woman named Sophie Grenada, willing to come to Texas to take the two pigheaded boys in hand. When she arrives, though, she’s nothing like what any of them expect.

Sophie’s smart, tough, worldly, more than a little sassy… and most surprising of all, she cares. Through Indian raids, range wars, and the tough business of building a real, working ranch, they form an unbreakable bond—two boys thrust into a man’s world before their time, and a woman who loves and cares for them as her own.

If they can avoid a fetched arrow or a .45 slug in the back, with Sophie’s help, Andrew and Jackson might just build the empire they’re hoping for, and fulfill their destiny to become The Pride of Texas. 

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Publication Order of The O'Malleys of Texas Books

The O'Malleys of Texas

Richards, Dusty 2017

Western Heritage- and Western Writers of America Spur Award-winning author Dusty Richards unleashes the epic beginning to the O’Malley family saga, a new western classic set in the lawless sprawl of an unforgettable Texas . . .As Civil War bloodies the nation’s ground, Texas Rangers Harp and Long John O’Malley patrol a vast, unguarded range, picking off the brutal Comanche while protecting the families of soldiers off fighting at the front.

Bullet by bullet the O’Malleys distinguish themselves as two of the bravest gunfighters to ever wear the Ranger’s star. At war’s end, the Rangers are disbanded, but Harp and Long John are not through fighting yet. They sign on with a cattle drive that will take them across the most treacherous and deadly stretch of the American frontier: the long trail from Texas to Sedalia.

Beset by ruthless enemies inside and outside the camp, Harp and Long John aim dead straight for the future—where a great ranching fortune awaits back in a Texas they will change forever.

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Dead Aim

Richards, Dusty 2018

From Western Writers of America Spur Award-winning author Dusty Richards comes a thrilling new chapter in the O’Malley family saga, a blazing American epic of blood, bullets, and brotherhood set deep in the heart of Texas . . .   Long John O’Malley is only nineteen years old, but he’s no greenhorn.

The oldest and boldest of the O’Malley brothers, Long John cut his teeth tangling with Comanche at the tender age of sixteen. He risked his life to rescue a group of captive women settlers—and forged his own destiny as a hero in the making.   Now he’s taking on his biggest challenge yet: riding shotgun on a wagon train across the hostile Nebraska Territory.

It’s a treacherous trail, and it’s not long before the young Texan is earning his paycheck by fighting off a tribe of bloodthirsty Sioux. But the real test lies in the journey ahead—a genuine ride to hell and back, from the Rocky Mountains to Sante Fe and all the way home—that will either make Long John O’Malley a living legend .

. . or a dead one.

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Massacre at Whip Station

Richards, Dusty 2020

From Western Writers of America Spur Award-winning author Dusty Richards comes a blistering new novel in his O’Malley saga, trailing one family’s epic struggle to live out their dreams on the deadly battleground of the Texas Frontier . . .   Whip Station, a critical stop on the Butterfield stagecoach line, is dead smack in the middle of no-man’s land.

The lawless call it an easy target. Joe O’Malley calls it home. If anybody can tame a wild, violent territory, it’s the seasoned frontiersman. So can his family, who have the same pride and honor coursing through their veins.   Helping to plant roots is his son Jackson, a former wrangler married to a steadying force of nature.

Joe’s grandchildren have their own brand of grit. The boy—a firebrand with a knife. The girl—book-smart and wicked-wise. But Whip Station is also hunting ground for Mexican revolutionaries, savage Indians, post-war renegade Confederates, and the deadliest outlaws who ever drew a breath.

It’s time for the O’Malleys to take aim. With a rawhide-tough will to survive, they’re banding together to protect their future against the most savage odds imaginable.   “Dusty Richards is the embodiment of the Old West.” —Storyteller Magazine

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Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Noble's Way

Richards, Dusty 1992

At the end of the War Between the States, great numbers of rootless, exhausted men and women set out to try and rebuild their lives in the unmapped, untamed freedom of the Great Plains. Noble McCurtain had been sickened by the slaughter of the war—he deserted, seeking a place where he could live in peace.

Fleta Corey had waited years for her husband to return from the war, trying desperately to keep herself and her little boy alive. Noble chanced by their cabin just in time to save them from a murderous band of raiders, and they decided to join forces and head west…There, on the Santa Fe Trail, they would find not the peace they were seeking, but danger and death, and love and hope.

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From Hell to Breakfast

Richards 1994
Riding into town on a horse named Short, H.B. Bentley goes job hunting in North Cut, tangles with some rustlers, and meets the Rice sisters, cowgirls and great dancers Read More

By the Cut of Your Clothes

Dusty Richards 1994
The popular Rice Sisters return in their second hilarous western adventure, enduring a misbotten stage robbery, a crazed trip to a mining town, and a gunfight outside the church where Stout Rice just got married. Original. Read More

Lawless Land

Richards, Dusty 2000

In 1880, Arizona Territory was an outlaw's paradise.The gunmen rode hard along the border, raping, stealing, murdering and burning their way to plunder and wealth. Guided by a powerful landownewr and his vicious outlaw capitan, the Border Gang was organized, mean, and armed to the teeth.

In Prescott, the governor knew Arizon'as sheriffs couldn't stop the killing--and statehood was in peril. Then a military man named Bowen stepped in with a plan: find a few good men, call them marshals, and send them after the Border Gang.Then the law struck back with a man named Mayes.

Sam T. Mayes, a soldier turned Denver detective, was Bowen's first and only choice. Now Mayes, accompanied by an alcoholic army scout, a wanted man, and a fierce native woman, would ride against the cutthroat Maye's job was to put the killers behind bars--or put them in the ground.

His reward: the first badge ever worn by U.S. Territorial Marshal...

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Servant of the Law

Richards, Dusty 2000

BLINDED BY BLOOD Bobby Budd rode out of Colorado with one killing behind him and dozens yet to go. From New Mexico to Indian Territory, Budd became one of a rootless army of half-crazed, half-drunk killers for hire―building an ugly legend as the Coyote Kid.

Honest men paid the Kid to rid themselves of rustlers. Along the way, the innocent died, too. WANTED BY THE LAW Now, former Apache campaigner Major Gerald Bowen is bringing law to the land, hiring a few good frontier marshals and putting them on the bloody trail of the territory’s worst outlaws.

John Wesley Michaels is one of those lawmen―and the Kid is his quarry. But when Michaels gets to Arizona, he finds out he won’t be working alone. A stubborn woman insists on riding at Michaels’ side. Because she’s met the Kid face-to-face…and she wants to be the one to gun him down.

Dusty Richards' Servant of the Law is a classic of the Western genre, a must-read!

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Rancher's Law

Richards, Dusty 2001

In a hot Arizona river basin, three bodies sway from ropes: men executed by their fellow ranchers. Hundreds of miles away, in Fort Smith, Arkansas, Deputy Marshal Luther Haskill hunts down a killer. But he is about to be chosen for a new mission: Major Gerald Bowen wants Haskill to go undercover and find out if the Arizona lynchings were a matter of justice or murder.

Bowen is on a campaign to bring law to the frontier, and Haskill is the right agent to investigate the deaths. But Luther comes up against a wall of silence and a family guarding a deadly secret. And in a land where some people get second chances and some don't get any, Luther Haskill must make his way through the good, the bad, and the damned--in pursuit of a cold-blooded killer with a plan of his own.

Dusty Richards' Rancher's Law is a classic of the Western genre, not to be missed!

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Deuces Wild

Richards, Dusty 2004
U.S. Marshal Burt Green is in hot pursuit of Deuces, an Apache scout and an elusive fugitive from justice, who has seized control of a band of renegade Apache and has launched a reign of terror throughout the Southwest. Original. Read More


Richards, Dusty 2018

It's Easy to be Brave from a Safe Distance. When Zekial Broome stops a sadistic slave chaser, Grissum McCord, from whipping his captive, he and the girl have no choice but to flee west into the untamed lands of the wild frontier. If they can make it to the Green River country, no one will ever find them.

What they don't count on is McCord. With a five-hundred-dollar bounty at stake and revenge in his heart, he'll follow them to hell and back, for as long as it takes. He's murdered before, but the revenge he plans for the buckskin-clad Broome would make a strong man quail.

Zekial and Tilly are forced to keep running, always looking over their shoulders, until they have no choice but to find a place to make their stand. No matter what happens, they'll both be changed forever... but will they find the peace they seek to get on with their lives?Non-stop action, life and death struggles, triumph and despair fill the pages of what may very well be the best yarn yet from the pen of legendary author Dusty Richards.

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Out of a Job, Not Earning a Dime

Richards, Dusty 2016

Unemployed ranch hand Jim Dailey only wants some matches when he rides up to a store in Willow Grove, Kansas on a dusty, fateful summer day. What he gets when he steps inside, though, is anything but. Faced with two bloodthirsty outlaws and no other choice, Dailey pulls his six-shooter… and sets himself on a long and twisted path of triumph and tragedy.

Join legendary author Dusty Richards as he spins a classic Western tale of love, revenge, and redemption in Out of a Job, Not Earning a Dime.

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Waltzing with Tumbleweeds

Richards, Dusty 2004

Dusty Richards, sweeps his readers back to early days on the untamed frontier time and time again in this varied collection of twenty original short stories. His experience as author of over 60 published Western novels is evident in the way he has created such engaging and unique plots.

Dusty Richards knows how to weave a tale that keeps readers turning pages and coming back for more.

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Writing the West with Dusty Richards and Friends

Richards, Dusty 2011
This is a how-to for western writers by some of the best western writing in America. Spur winners, Pulitzer finalists, New York Times Best Sellers, have all contributed to this book. Included are illustrations by the famous western artist, Michael Andrews. Read More

Publication Order of Ralph Compton Western Books

Blood and Gold

Joseph A. West 2004

An inexperienced cowpuncher with a solid work ethic, Dusty Hannah has earned the respect of his boss. Entrusted with $30,000 of the cattle rancher's gold, he must take the fortune across Texas's Red River by way of Indian territory, where the Apaches still reign.

But the Apaches are the least of Dusty's concerns once word of the money reaches the ears of every desperado in the Southwest.

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For the Brand

Robbins, David 2005

Willis Lander was the T-Bar ranch's best bronc buster until a stallion shattered his leg. Unable to work as a cowboy, Willis was forced to mind a line shack forty miles from the ranch, secluding himself in the Wyoming wilderness. But when the T-Bar is sold, Willis wonders whether the new owner will want to keep him on.

Laurella Hendershot is a Texan rancher grateful for the opportunity to build a new life for herself. And she just may be Willis' last chance.

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Rio Largo

Compton, Ralph 2006
When two new ranch hands stir up trouble between ranch owners and friends Kent Tovey and Dar Pierce, resulting in a major feud, a courageous cowboy will stop at nothing to expose the truth and protect the Circle T and DP ranches from falling into the wrong hands. Original. Read More

Guns of the Canyonlands

Compton, Ralph 2006

The Gunfighter series continues. Gunfighter Chance Tyree never looks for trouble. But in the Utah hills, he unknowingly rides into a war between small landowners and local rancher Quirt Latham. Now, with Latham determined to take him down, and a cold-blooded corrupt sheriff out for blood, Tyree's lightning-fast draw is the only chance of stopping a tyrant from taking over.

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Texas Empire

Compton, Ralph 2006

By the Horns

Compton, Ralph 2006
Owen and three of the Bar 40's toughest cowhands must escort a British cattle rancher on a cattle drive from Texas to Wyoming, a dangerous adventure that pits them against Luke Deal and his murderous gang, who are looking for revenge. Read More

Deadwood Gulch

John Edward Ames 2006
When a formidable adversary, bent on revenge, murders his parents and siblings, bounty hunter Cas Everett, determined to exact his own special brand of justice, follows the killer's bloody trail to Deadwood Gulch, where the law is not welcome. Original. Read More

The Bloody Trail

Galloway, Marcus 2007
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A Wolf In the Fold

Robbins, David 2007

In this gritty Ralph Compton western, a cold-blooded killer uses his deadly skills for fiery vengeance.When it comes to killing, Lucius Stark is just about the meanest mongrel of a man who ever aimed a gun in West Texas. For him, taking lives means making a living, and if the price is right, he’ll do the job.

But even hardest of men has a soft spot...When Stark grows too fond of a woman he is hired to kill in a range war, his client shows his displeasure by shooting him in the back. Stark is saved by the Butcher family—the very ranchers he was paid to eliminate.

But when the Butchers end up slaughtered without mercy, Stark sets out to deliver his own brand of revenge...free of charge.More Than Eight Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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Bluff City

Compton, Ralph 2007

In this Ralph Compton western, a man discovers that Bluff City is the place to find one’s fortune—or one’s grave...Bluff City is a prosperous silver-mining town-and a place of opportunity for those willing to exploit its hard-working citizens. Harve Barker is the wealthiest man in the territory, offering irresistible vices to anyone willing and able to afford them.

Outlaw Jesse Stark has grown fond of the town's surrounding mining camps, leading a gang of desperadoes on a violent spree of robberies-and staying one step ahead of the law at all times. Between the megalomaniacal entrepreneur and the brutal bandit stands the enigmatic Clay Adams.

And he has a score to settle with both of them.More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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Blood Duel

Robbins, David 2007
Unable to read about his bloody exploits in the newspaper, serial killer Jeeter Frost finds a teacher to help him, while the townsfolk of Coffin Varnish, hoping to cash in on his infamy, put his victims on display, to which he strongly and violently objects. Read More

Death of a Bad Man

Galloway, Marcus 2008

In this sharp-shooting Ralph Compton western, a man of honor becomes an outlaw.Solomon Brakefield tried to play by the rules—and lost. When the mine Sol worked for was robbed, he went after the robbers himself. After he brought the money back, he was given no more than a handshake and a few dollars.

Seems like living life on the straight and narrow just doesn’t pay.  So Sol seeks out Nester Quarles, known killer and train robber, to teach him the tricks of the outlaw’s trade. Quarles has plenty to teach, but there’s a price to be paid—and the currency is Sol’s soul.

  More Than Eight Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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Ride the Hard Trail

Compton, Ralph 2008

In this Ralph Compton western, riding the hard trail isn't easy...At the EJ Ranch in Wyoming, Lin Bryce has found good, honest work for himself and his temperamental brother, Chancy. A widow with two young children has a herd of cattle over two thousand acres that needs tending, and Lin believes it’s the best opportunity to put their tragic and violent past behind them and start anew.

 But the widow and her property are coveted by a cattle baron determined to take over every ranch in the territory. And as the Bryce brothers find themselves in the crosshairs of an encroaching range war, a trio of merciless bounty hunters arrives to collect the price on their heads…   More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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Bullet for a Bad Man

Robbins, David 2008

The son of a prosperous Arizona rancher, Boone Scott is content to raise cattle for the rest of his days. Not his brother, Eppley. Dangerously dissatisfied, he plots to take over the family ranch. When Epp pays an assassin to kill him, Boone's lightning-quick hands leave a fistful of dead men behind.

Unaware of his brother's treachery, Boone flees and faces danger from hired gunmen, rustlers, and wild Apaches. If he can survive, he just might come up against the deadliest peril of all: a showdown with his own flesh and blood.

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The Convict Trail

West, Joseph A. 2008

As he transports six cold-blooded convicts across hard country, Deputy Marshal Logan Kane has to be prepared for anything. Evan with the hard cases caged in his prison wagon, Kane needs to watch his back and keep his Colt close at hand. There are rustlers, lynch mobs, and three brothers from a New Orleans gang to contend with, not to mention the convicts' cronies who are looking to bust them loose.

Kane is on the lookout for danger every waking moment, and his sleep is haunted by demons from his past. Tokeep this ride from being his last, Kane has to deal with it all.

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Bounty Hunter

Compton, Ralph 2009

A bounty hunter is outgunned and under fire in this Ralph Compton western...John Tone was good at his job. Some would say ruthless. If there was killing to be done, Tone showed no mercy. In another time, far across the ocean, he had lost the only person he had ever loved—and he’d been dead inside ever since.

That was the hand Fate dealt him, and he would play it out.   But when a powerful criminal from San Francisco’s notorious Barbary Coast makes him an offer he can’t refuse, Tone himself becomes the hunted one. He has to draw out six of his client's worst enemies—making himself a target for the men he would kill.

And against those odds Tone knows he may be loading the six chambers of his Colt for the last time…More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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Fatal Justice

Robbins, David 2009

In this Ralph Compton western, a lawman seeks both retribution and justice—but his time is running out....Years ago, Marshal Asher Thrall shot mad-dog killer Ben Sharkey in the leg to save a fellow lawman. Since then, every crooked step has reminded Sharkey of the man who put a bullet in him.

And he's just repaid the favor to the marshal in spades.  When Ash comes to, he's all too eager to ride after his nemesis. But time is against him. Because while Sharkey shot three times, the doctor only removed two slugs. The third is still in Ash's chest—and with every breath, every heartbeat, it is moving closer to ending his life.

  Ash knows he's a walking dead man. But before he dies, he's going to make sure that Sharkeyis one step ahead of him.   More Than Eight Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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Rawhide Flat

West, Joseph A. 2009

Rawhide Flat is full of hard men with hard-earned cash from working the Comstock Lode. So when the bank is robbed and two civilians cut down, a posse delivers its own justice, leaving only Judah Walsh alive. Walsh offers to tell where the gang hid the money in return for a horse, a hundred bucks, and a free ride out of the state, but they'd rather torture it out of him.

Lucky for Walsh, protection arrives in a hail of bullets from Deputy U.S. Marshal Augustus Crane.

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Outlaw's Reckoning

Compton, Ralph 2009
When bandits Gus McCord and Doyle Hill stumble upon a high-stakes kidnapping involving the youngest daughter of a wealthy shipping mogul, they agree to give the kidnappers a run for their money and save an innocent girl from danger. Original. Read More

The Man From Nowhere

Joseph A. West 2009

One man proves his worth in this Ralph Compton western... When the Apache surrounded the settlement of Alma, New Mexico, the "respectable" townsfolk began hanging those who weren't. Town drunk Eddie Oates was lucky to be banished from the town, left for the Apaches to kill.

Oates never thought he was a survivor. But now, he's discovered a reason to go on—and he's about to unleash a raging fury upon those who would prey on the helpless, the hopeless, and those who others think aren't worth fighting for...More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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Stryker's Revenge

West, Joseph A. 2010
Lieutenant Steve Stryker has a chance to exact vengeance on Rake Pierce, the man who disfigured his face, when Pierce is found running guns to the Apaches. Read More

Death of a Hangman

West, Joseph A. 2010
When he is called back to action, former soldier Charlie Pike must escort Brigadier General Henry J. Dryden, the man who saved his life, to his native Texas where he wants to die in peace, but a powerful gang leader has other plans for Pike and Dryden. (westerns). Read More

North to the Salt Fork

Compton, Ralph 2010

In this western in Ralph Compton's USA Today bestselling series, a Civil War veteran learns the fight isn't over... Captain Jack Starr served the Confederate cause with honor for four years. The Texas town of Lost Dog Creek promised an opportunity for the war veteran to rebuild his life—and a woman to share it with.

But not everyone is willing to roll out the welcome wagon for Jack.   Hiram Sawyer has designs on every inch of cattle range in the surrounding territory and he isn’t about to let some ex-reb steal the heart of the widow whose ranch he covets. With men on both sides of the law willing to do his bidding, Sawyer begins a campaign to destroy Jack.

  But he’s just declared war on the wrong man…More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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Rusted Tin

Compton, Ralph 2010

In Ralph Compton's USA Today bestselling series, every man has a breaking point...Zeke Wolpert is sheriff of Keith County, Nebraska. He doesn’t keep the peace so much as turn a blind eye to the illegal activities of outlaws who pay him for the privilege.

Most of his earnings are spent on liquor, and most of his days are spent hungover to the disgust of the county’s honest citizens—and to Zeke himself.   Now the outlaws have set their sights on a Wells Fargo shipment that’s worth a fortune. It’s a chance for Zeke to get enough money to retire from this unsavory business once and for all.

But it’s also an opportunity for him to honor the badge he wears by serving the right side of the law…More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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The Burning Range

West, Joseph A. 2010

A gambler and a detective are caught in a land war, and the stakes are life or death in this action-packaged Ralph Compton western.The streets of Green Meadow, Oklahoma, are flowing red with blood. At the scene of every grisly murder is a threatening message: Get out! A mysterious villain known as the Fat Man wants the black gold hidden beneath the town, and he’s willing to wipe out every man, woman, and child to get it.

Only two men serve up any protection for the endangered citizens: seedy gambler Chauncey Drake and scrappy Pinkerton agent Reuben Withers. Against all odds, these underdogs will fight the Fat Man tooth and nail—and feed him a steady diet of fiery-hot lead and ice-cold revenge.

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The Last Manhunt

Compton, Ralph 2011

Newspaper reporter Lester T. Booker sets out to interview legendary lawman, ex-gunfighter Ransom March. But the dime novel hero turns out to be little more than an old ex-lawman of questionable moral fiber who doled out death to unsuspecting-- and sometimes unarmed-- enemies.

One criminal who escaped Rance's brand of justice is the man known as the Gravedigger-- a man who earned his moniker for buryng his victims alive. Rance comes out of retirement so he can put that murdering desperado six feet under once and for all. For Booker, it's the story of a lifetime-- and an education in learning just how the West was really won--Jacket.

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The Stranger from Abilene

West, Joseph A. 2011

Rancher Cage Clayton was hired to track down a man who years ago had left a trail of destruction in his wake. Though he doesn't know who his target is or what he looks like, Clayton does know that he's is in Bighorn Point. Finding him shouldn't be too hard.

Clayton, hadn't even arrived in Bighorn Point yet when he learned that Nook Kelly was the law there. Nook had a well-earned reputation as a gunslinger. This added a complication to Clayton's plan, since Nook Kelly was not a man he'd want to aggravate.

Clayton knew that in a gun battle between them, he'd end up the loser.Now there are two targets: the one Cage Clayton is looking for -- and the one on his back.

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The Ghost of Apache Creek

Joseph A. West 2011

A man with nothing left to lose finds a reason to fight in this Ralph Compton western.Requiem, formerly known as Apache Creek, is a town that has seen better days. After a plague of cholera swept through the streets, the only folk left behind are ghosts, including Marshall Sam Pace.

Even though he’s still living and breathing, three years of solitude have turned Sam into a phantom—a lonely man that’s more than a little touched in the head.   But when a woman on the run stumbles into Requiem, Sam suddenly finds himself with a purpose.

As Jess Leslie’s murderous pursuers track her to Requiem, the former lawman must protect her and make use of gunslinger skills long out of practice…   More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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Dead Man's Ranch

Mayo, Matthew P. 2012

Brian Middleton left his father's ranch long ago to make his own way. But now, he's returned to claim the land his late father left him -- and learns the hard way that if you want to keep something in the wild West, you have to fight for it. With local lowlifes and shady con-men after the Dancing M ranch, Middleton has no choice but to make a stand.


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Slaughter Canyon

West, Joseph A. 2012
Forced by President Chester A. Arthur to infiltrate Hatfield J. Warful's gang by posing as an outlaw on the run, Deputy U.S. Marshal Matt Battles finds himself being targeted by both lawmen and outlaws as he tries to complete his mission and avert a second Civil War. (westerns). Read More

One Man's Fire

Galloway, Marcus 2012

A USA Today Bestselling Series -- Eli had always led the life of an outlaw. He knows how to get away with pretty much anything -- until he's caught red-handed attempting to rob a wagon set out as a trap. Imprisoned and alone, Eli is unsure if the members of his gang made it out alive, or if the men behind the disguised wagon are after his life.

As he struggles to reform his ways, Eli is forced to come to terms with the man he has become and who he wants to be.

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Tucker's Reckoning

Compton, Ralph 2012

TUCKER'S RECKONINGWinner of the 2013 Spur Award for Best Western Short Novel by the Western Writers of America!WITNESS TO AN EXECUTIONEver since he lost his wife and daughter, Samuel Tucker has wandered, drunk and bereft of a reason to go on. Now, far from his native Texas in Oregon's Rogue River region, Tucker secretly watches as two men gun down a third.

After they leave, he takes the dead man's pistol and makes it to the next town.There, he learns the identity of the murdered man: Payton Farraday, a well-liked local rancher--and the second Farraday shot to death within the last two years. He also becomes a suspect in the shooting.

But Emma Farraday, the victim's niece, believes in his innocence--and the two must reveal the machinations of some wealthy and powerful men to prove it. If they don't, Emma could lose the ranch and Tucker could lose his life--just when he's found a new reason to live.


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Down on Gila River

West, Joseph A. 2012
At fifty, cattle driver Sam Sawyer thinks he can finally dust off and retire, maybe open an eating house. But after a pack of Apache ambushes him and leaves him to die in Gila River country, he barely makes it to a remote ranch. Read More

Brimstone Trail

Galloway, Marcus 2013

In this Ralph Compton western, the road to hell is a short ride....Before hearing the call of the Lord, Paul had seen more than his share of sin—mostly his own. But since he came to minister to the small town of Pueblito Verde, most of what he sees are tamer transgressions.

Knowing his own past, Paul believes the occasional mistake doesn’t make someone truly evil. But some men are more evil than others. When the brutal Jack Kerrigan and his band of ruffians hit town, Paul’s new life starts to go bad. Then things go from bad to worse when ruthless bounty hunter Dave Sprole arrives with money and murder on his mind.

Now, the town is caught in the crossfire between two cold-blooded killers—and Paul knows that it’s time for him to stand up for what he believes in....More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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Straight Shooter

Compton, Ralph 2013

In this western in Ralph Compton's USA Today bestselling series, a man's shot at the bigtime might be the shot that kills him...   Outlaw Wes Cavanaugh knows that crime doesn’t always pay—at least not much. That’s why he and his partner, Mose, are willing to pay Jimmy Stock for information on a job that’s guaranteed to pay off big.

  Jimmy’s made a career of selling tips to bandits, but the job he sells Wes—a payroll train about to leave Omaha—requires more than information. It requires a straight shooter who can hit targets from a long distance away…and in the outlaw business, even a straight shooter can’t be trusted.

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The Hunted

Mayo, Matthew 2013
Retaliating against a blackmailer who would expose his personal secrets, Charlie Chilton is forced into the service of the town's marshal and left for dead on the side of a snowy mountain by a ragtag band of drunkards who Charlie resolves to bring to justice. (westerns). Read More

Hard Ride to Wichita

Galloway, Marcus 2013

Two friends team up for revenge in this Ralph Compton western...Their friendship started with a schoolyard tussle. Now, the need for revenge is what binds Luke Croft and Red Connover together.   When Luke taught himself how to fire a Colt, he never imagined he’d turn into a gunman.

But when his stepfather’s dodgy business dealings turn his life upside down, Luke asks Red to help him destroy the man who murdered his kin.   The road to vengeance is long and hard, and the two friends who are barely out of boyhood will need all the help they can get if they want to catch a cold-blooded killer.

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The Cheyenne Trail

Sherman, Jory 2014

OLD FRIENDSChip Chippendale met Ransom Barnes after the War Between the States, when the two cowboys drove a herd up from Texas together. But when Chip first laid eyes on Wyoming, he knew he was home, and the two friends split off on different trails.

NEW ENEMIESEach man went on to own his own ranch, but when Ransom’s home is attacked and burned by a marauding band of Cheyenne warriors, he is faced with ruin―and makes matters worse by gunning down the Cheyenne leader’s son. A target of the most vicious renegade on the high plains, Ransom turns to his old friend Chip.

And Chip never forgets his friends―even if it means making a few enemies

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Double-Cross Ranch

Mayo, Matthew P. 2014

A rancher fights to save the woman he loves in this Ralph Compton western...   Rancher Ty Farraday’s hunt for stray cattle takes a turn for the worse when he discovers a shallow grave and the body of wealthy Alton Winstead, the owner of the Double-Cross Ranch.

Ty’s first frantic thoughts are of Winstead’s widow, Sue-Ellen, who picked Alton over him. Unfortunately, she chose poorly.   Alton masterminded a crime and left his helpers to swing for it. Hungry for revenge, the murderous headcases have overrun the Double-Cross and are holding Sue-Ellen prisoner.

They believe she’s harboring some very important information. Ty boldly rescues her from the ranch—only to find their troubles are only beginning... More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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Comanche Trail

Stowers, Carlton 2014

In this Ralph Compton western, a man rides for vengenace and into danger...Thad Taylor is no one’s idea of a fine man. Usually drunk and shiftless, he’s disapproved of by most—especially his father. But when his father doesn’t return from a trip across the Kansas plains, Thad is the only one who can search for him.

And he’s far from ready for the ordeal.Because his father is already dead. He has fallen victim to the bloody Benders—a demented family who lures travelers into their cabin way station only to rob and brutally murder them.Now, for his father’s memory, Thad must hunt the Benders down and deliver them either to the law—or to the grave.

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The Dangerous Land

Galloway, Marcus 2014

Frontier life is hard enough without having kids to worry about ― especially for a widower like Paul Meakes. Still, he's resolved to stay in the small Colorado town his son and daughter call home. So when his daughter is hit by a seemingly poisoned arrow during an Indian raid, Paul is determined to track them down and bring them to justice.

But Paul soon discovers that the dangers of the West are far greater and more varied than he ever imagined.

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Vigilante Dawn

Compton, Ralph 2014

In this Ralph Compton western, all work and no play makes a man deadly...Jarrett Pekoe cares about two things: his ranch and his family. So when rustlers kill his kin and burn his land to the ground, Jarrett won’t rest until the men responsible have their necks caught in the hangman’s rope.

He’s willing to cooperate with the law if it’s on his side—and willing to work outside it if it’s not.   Lem Beauchamp is a stranger with a mysterious ax to grind when it comes to the bandits who razed Jarrett’s ranch. Despite Jarrett’s suspicion of Lem, he isn’t about to refuse the help of an experienced gunman—even if Lem plans to hand out more punishment than the law dictates.

  And when the hunt for justice turns deadly, Lem and Jarrett may be the only ones willing to risk everything to defeat the lethal criminals before more innocent lives are lost... More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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The Evil Men Do

Robbins, David 2015

A marshal and a teenage bounty hunter team up to dole out justice in this classic tale of the Old West.If things are quiet in the little town of Sweetwater, Marshal Fred Hitch sees no reason to make waves. But when Tyree Johnson shows up, Fred’s relaxed nature is put to the test.

At fifteen years old, Tyree is a tough-as-nails bounty hunter with no patience for anyone calling him “boy.” He’s come to apprehend a killer who escaped from Cheyenne and has been hiding in plain sight in Sweetwater.To save face and his town’s good name, Fred must ride with Tyree and his prisoner all the way to Cheyenne.

The unlikely pair has a rough trail ahead of them, and as tough as Tyree is, he has some lessons to learn about the evil men do—and how to survive it.More Than Eight Million Ralph Compton Books in Print

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Straight to the Noose

Galloway, Marcus 2015

A gambler runs out of luck in this western in Ralph Compton's USA Today bestselling series...   Mississippi charmer Abner Mason is a professional gambler and a regular on the Delta Jack, a luxurious riverboat. But luck hasn’t exactly been going Mason’s way.

After a disastrous loss at the tables, he owes an impossible debt to the most powerful man on the ship: mysterious, ruthless Cam Greeley. And Greeley’s willing to do whatever it takes to get his fortune back—even threaten Mason’s life.   Now Mason has a single night to raise all the funds to pay off his debt by completing whatever ominous jobs Greeley has waiting for him.

He just has to make it through alive...More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print! 

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Shotgun Charlie

Mayo, Matthew P. 2015

SHOTGUN CHARLIE (prequel to THE HUNTED!)Big for his age, young and impressionable drifter Charlie Chilton is taken in by the gruff leader of a gang of small-time crooks and ne'er do wells who sees something of himself in kindly, wayward Charlie. But Grady Haskell, ambitious ruffian with a shady past, soon joins the gang, convincing Charlie's friends to pursue a big score.

Charlie fails to thwart the crime and the heist turns bloody. As the only gang member caught alive, Big Charlie will soon swing for the crimes.He makes a daring escape, determined to track down Haskell and the gang and prove his innocence. Hot on Charlie's heels, a mysterious marshal and a posse of angry townsmen track him into the High Sierras, far to the north.

Weaponless and with a vicious winter storm closing in, Big Charlie must find the killers and thieves before the seething posse turns vigilante and hangs him high.

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The Law and the Lawless

Compton, Ralph 2015

The USA Today bestselling Ralph Compton series continues as a lawman goes up against a gang of uncommon criminals... When a bunch of ruffians rob a bank in the sleepy town of Alpine, it’s only natural for the locals to be alarmed. But this gang and its leader, Cestus Calloway, are a different breed of outlaw.

In fact, Cestus is known as the Robin Hood of the Rockies, distributing his loot to those less fortunate, raining stolen money down on the townsfolk. As if that weren’t too good to be true, this gang holds to one important rule: steal but don’t kill… All Alpine’s Marshal, Boyd Cooper, wants is a nice retirement, not to get a posse together to track outlaws.

However, when an altercation leads to the exchange of gunfire and the spilling of outlaw blood, he doesn’t have much of a choice. The outlaws fear their reputation might be at stake, so they declare revenge on the tin stars of Alpine. They’re mad enough to break their own no kill rule, and Boyd Cooper knows things could end as bloody as they started…More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print! 

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Brother's Keeper

Compton, Ralph 2015

When his brother goes missing, a cowboy rides straight into danger in this Ralph Compton western... The life of a cowboy suits Thalis Christie just fine. A puncher for the Crescent H in Texas, he loves what he does and is damn good at it too. He doesn’t even mind being away from his family—he’s got good friends to keep him from getting too homesick.

That is, until his folks write, imploring him to hunt down his brother, Myles, who’s been shot while prospecting in the Black Hills. Thalis sets out to do his family duty and find his little brother—still alive, he hopes. Thalis has got his partner, Ned Leslie, by his side, as well as some other surprising travel companions, including the famous Wild Bill Hickok.

But as he follows his brother’s wandering trail across the country, leading him to encounter deadly obstacles from Texas to Blood Gulch, he begins to wonder if he can ever return to the comfortable life he used to lead—or if he even wants to.… More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books in Print!

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Texas Hills

Compton, Ralph 2015

A family man takes a deadly drive in this Ralph Compton western...Owen Burnett’s needs are small. All he’s ever wanted is his wife’s affection, his children’s health, and a little plot of land which he can farm. Still, he’s no fool. So when his neighbor Gareth Kurst makes him a business proposition, one that could leave him richer than he’s ever dreamed, he can’t refuse giving the risky scheme a try.

Rounding up cattle up in the Texas Hill Country is nothing to take on lightly. Between the Comanches roaming the countryside and the horns of the beasts he’s hunting down, Owen knows every second he spends out in the wild puts his life in plenty of danger.

But the greatest threat to his person is one he never expected—his ruthless and conniving business partner, who has no plans of ever sharing his hard-earned cash…More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books in Print!

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Outlaw Town

Robbins, David 2016
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Phantom Hill

Compton, Ralph 2016

A ruthless rancher crosses the wrong man in this western in Ralph Compton's USA Today bestselling series...Haunted by memories of the Civil War, Coy Jennings just wants to find work as a ranch hand and to begin saving for a small farm where he could finally enjoy peace and quiet.

Arriving in the Texas settlement of Phantom Hill, Coy soon befriends a damaged but likable stable hand by the name of Ira Dalton and hopes for a future with a lovely widowed mother and her eight-year-old daughter.  In order to make the Hill a decent place to settle down, Coy must wage a new kind of war and take a stand against ruthless ranch owner Lester Sinclair, his sadistic sons, and the murderous band of cattle rustlers who work for them.

And after the Sinclairs turn on innocent Ira, Coy is driven to seek justice for his trusted friend...cost what it may.More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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Reunion in Hell

Stowers, Carlton 2020

A farmer is pulled into the world of outlaws when his estranged brother turns up dead in this new Ralph Compton Western.Brothers Clay and Cal Breckenridge, sons of a hardscrabble East Texas farmer, never did see eye to eye. Clay, the eldest, returned home after the Civil War to help his father run the family farm; Cal deserted his military post and disappeared into a new life with a new name.

Everyone knew who was the good son and who was the bad.Clay had almost forgotten his wayward brother until the morning a limping horse approaches the farm with young Cal Breckenridge’s body slumped in the saddle, shot in the back.Vowing to avenge Cal’s death, Clay sets off on a perilous journey across the West to find the man responsible and bring him to justice—and take down an outlaw enterprise in the process.

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Ride for Justice

Randisi, Robert J. 2020

In this fast-paced new installment in bestseller Ralph Compton's The Gunfighter series, a man wrongly convicted of a crime is out of jail and looking for vengeance.Matt Wheeler was a legend in the West. His fast gun and dedication for justice made him a sought-after lawman for hire, but all of that vanished one dark night.

Matt was convicted of murder for killing the man who killed his woman. Now he's spent his time in jail and is looking to even the score against the men who set him up.

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Calvert's Last Bluff

Ripley, E. L. 2020

In this brand-new Ralph Compton Western, a hard-bitten gambler and a hard-luck kid begin a treacherous journey to new lives. In Omaha, Tom Calvert boards a riverboat to play high-stakes poker, but accusations of cheating cause some serious trouble, and a deadly gun battle ensues.

  Tom is injured and knows that his enemies will be looking for him, so he reluctantly accepts a bargain from young stowaway Asher. In exchange for Calvert teaching him gunslinging skills, Asher will guide them to a possibly mythical town of peace and plenty called Friendly Field.

To get there they just have to battle assassins, dangerous Shoshone, and the rough wilderness of the Oregon Trail.

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Frontier Medicine

Randisi, Robert J. 2021

In this fast-paced new installment in bestseller Ralph Compton's Gunfighter series, young Dr. Gabriel Kincade heads West in search of a new life, but the mistakes of his old one are hot on his trail. Young doctor Gabriel Kincade has come west to experience the challenges of frontier medicine.

He's agreed to help an older doctor who is straining to deal with the demands of a growing town, but Kincade is looking for more than a new life. He's made mistakes in his old one that he is trying to leave behind him. He's about to find out that some mistakes won't stay hidden.

The West has a way of revealing a man's character, but it can also reveal secrets that are best left hidden.

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Shot to Hell

Lowry, Jackson 2021

A deadly marksman is on the hunt to find his missing sister in this exhilarating new Ralph Compton Western. One terrible day, fifteen-year-old Leif Gunnarson comes home to find his family home on fire and a gruesome scene inside: his parents are tied up, on the brink of death among the hellish flames, and his sister is nowhere to be found.

His father can barely gasp a name: Simkins. And with that, Leif has his life’s mission—to track down Luther Simkins, notorious outlaw and gang leader, and find his sister. Along the way, Leif finds a temporary home in Wyoming Bob’s Wild West Show.

He has an innate talent with firearms but needs to hone those skills until he can outshoot anyone, even Simkins. Touring the West as the star performer known as Trickshot, Leif finally gets wind of an outlaw who could lead him to his sister. It will be the most important showdown of his life—but will his sharpshooting be a match for the shocking tricks the outlaw has up his sleeve?

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Flames of Silver

Lowry, Jackson 2021

In the tinderbox of Virginia City,  fireman Morgan Mason learns the hard way that he just volunteered for the most dangerous job in town in this scorching new Western in Ralph Compton's bestselling Sundown Rider series.Thanks to the discovery of the Comstock Lode, Virginia City, Nevada has made many a rough-hewn millionaire.

It seems like everyone is looking to strike it rich, but to Morgan Mason the real prize is being selected as one of the volunteer firemen who are seen as heroes in the dry, tinder box of a town. Recently inducted into the fire brigade, Mason is called to put out a blaze and stays to investigate its cause.

His searing discovery? The fire was no accident--it was deliberately set. As a series of mysterious fires burns through the town, Mason begins to perceive a pattern no one else can. And when the fiery trail leads to the Wells Fargo building--holding what he suspects the arsonists are really after--Mason knows he is the only one who can take the heat and catch the crooks before the wealth of the entire town goes up in smoke.

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Publication Order of Trail Drive Books

The Goodnight Trail

Compton, Ralph 1992

Former Texas Rangers Benton McCaleb, Will Elliot, and Brazos Gifford ride with Charles Goodnight as he rounds up thousands of ornery, unbranded cattle for the long drive to Colorado. From the Trinity River brakes to Denver, they'll battle endless miles of flooded rivers, parched desert, and whiskey-crazed Comanches.

And come face-to-face with Judge Roy Bean and legendary gunslingers like Clay Allison. For McCaleb and his hard-riding crew, the drive is a fierce struggle against the perils of an untamed land. A fight to the finish where the brave reach glory―or die hard.

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The Western Trail

Compton, Ralph 1992

From bestselling author Ralph Compton-an extraordinary saga of the hard-driving Texans who locked horns with a ruthless railroad baron in a bloody battle for an untamed land. In the aftermath of the Civil War, cash-starved Texans turned to the only resource they possessed in abundance: longhorn cows.

Despite the hazards of trailing longhorns across some three hundred miles of Indian Territory, this was the only way to access the railroad... THE WESTERN TRAIL Benton McCaleb and his band of bold-spirited cowboys traveled long and hard to drive thousands of ornery cattle into Wyoming's Sweetwater Valley.

They're in the midst of setting up a ranch just north of Cheyenne when a ruthless railroad baron and his hired killers try to force them off the land. Now, with the help of the Shoshoni Indian tribe and a man named Buffalo Bill Cody, McCaleb and his men must vow to stand and fight.

Outgunned and outmanned, they will wage the most ferocious battle of their lives-to win the right to call the land their own. "Very seldom in literature have the legends of the Old West been so vividly painted." -Tombstone Epitaph

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The Chisholm Trail

Compton, Ralph 1993

Armed with only a Colt rifle, a Bowie knife, and courage as big as the West, Ten Chisholm―the bold, illegitimate son of frontier scout and plains ambassador Jesse Chisholm and a Cherokee woman―arrives in the heart of Comanche country with a price on his head.

His only crime: loving the beautiful daughter of a powerful New Orleans gambler who has promised her to a wealthy man she hates.Now that Ten has returned to the harsh Texas brakes with a team of battle-toughened cowboys and ex-soldiers―and a vow to return to Priscilla and make her his wife―he must round up wild longhorns, ward off angry Comanches, and survive treacherous outlaw attacks as he crosses the Red River and sets off on a brazen quest to open a new trail to Kansas on the savage frontier.

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The Bandera Trail

Compton, Ralph 1993

From bestselling author Ralph Compton―the extraordinary saga of a death-defying mission across the Texas border into the blazing heart of the Mexican war… There are a thousand ways to die on a trail drive through Mexico. But a pair of bold Texans are willing to risk their lives, even take on Santa Anna’s army, to lead a herd of wild longhorns northward―and save a convicted man’s life.

.. Set on rescuing a friend trapped inside war-torn Mexico, Gild and Van Austin, nephews of Texas founder Stephen Austin, cross the border and soon discover half of Mexico’s army wants them dead. Taken prisoner by Santa Anna’s soldiers, the brothers make a daring escape and head into Durango county, where they stumble upon a valley full of longhorns―and a chance to build a future north of the border.

All they have to do now is break their friend out of prison and drive their cattle to safety. But faced with outlaws, soldiers, and one dangerous woman, the Austins are finding out that this isn’t a trail drive, it’s a battle to reach the Bandera Range alive.

And the only way to do it is the Texan way―fighting every bloody, dusty mile ahead…

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The California Trail

Compton, Ralph 1994

An extraordinary saga of the trail-blazing cowboys who made their fortune driving cattle from Texas to the Great Frontier.Across the Pecos, the Rio Colorado and La Panza mountains, the Texans and their longhorns kept charging-all the way to California gold!Between The Bandera Range And California, They Faced All The Challenges Of Man And God, But Nothing Could Ever Make Them Quit.

The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five millionmaverick longhorns and the brains, brawn and boldness to drive themnorth to where the money was. Now, Ralph Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary epic series based on the history-making trail drives.

The California TrailGold fever had hit California, and suddenly, the land was full of hungry pioneers. For Gil and Van Austin, two Texas brothers, it meant the chance to sell well-grazed longhorns after years of hard ranching and a treacherous cattle drive up through Mexico.

The only trouble was that California was on the other side of a searing desert, swollen rivers, a barrage of Indian attacks, and a whole passel of outlaw trouble. And while the Texans and their men were ready and willing to take it all on, there was one thing they weren't prepared for: the ultimate act of treachery and deceit in a land of schemers, dreamers and gold!

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The Shawnee Trail

Compton, Ralph 1994

Stampedes, rustlers, and hostile Indians wouldn't slow them down. They were bound for Kansas, and a Texas-sized fight!The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five million maerick longhorns and the brains, brown and boldness to drive them north where the money was.

Now, Ralph Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary epic series based on the history-blazing trail drives.The Shawnee TrailLong John Coons, the Cajun son of a conjuring woman, was driving 2,000 head of cattle north from Texas to the railroad in Kansas--through Indian Territory and outlaw strongholds.

At his side was a beautiful woman with a sordid past, three ex-cattle rustlers, some renegate Indians, Mexican vanqueros and a straight-laced young trail boss. And while Long John tried to keep his hot headed crew from killing each other before they reached the end of the line, the biggest dangers was waiting up ahead--where an all-out war in Kansas make the Texas fight together, or die at the same time.

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The Virginia City Trail

Compton, Ralph 1994

Through a thousand miles of dust, fists, and guns, they found the courage to keep on driving.The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five million maverick longhorns and the brains, brawn and boldness to drive them north to where the money was.

Now, Ralph Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary epic series based on the history-making trail drives.The Virginia City TrailWith a dream of building a ranching empire in Montana, Nelson Story sets off on one of the most extraordinary journeys in frontier history.

By his side was a bunch of misfits and renegades-hard-fighting, war-bitten Texans with nothing left to lose. On his tail as the worst kind of enemy-brutal outlaws fixing to bleed his trail drive dry. Pushing his way through four harsh territories and three brutal seasons, Story would defy the Union Army, get a hold of a hundred Remingtons, and take on a thousand riled-up Sioux warriors, before he reached Virginia City-and came face-to-face with the man who wanted him dead.


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The Dodge City Trail

Compton, Ralph 1995

For a brave band of Texas pioneers, new enemies awaited on the thundering trail. But old enemies were the deadliest of all.The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five millionmaverick longhorns and the brains, brawn and boldness to drive themnorth to where the money was.

Now, Ralph Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary epic series based on the history-making trail drives.The Dodge City TrailDodge City was a businessman's dream. And a cattle drive north-with thousands of unbranded longhorns and a remuda of stolen Mexican horses-was a dream of Texans like Dan Ember, who'd come home from the war to find a rich man's hired guns living on his land.

Now Dan and his neighbors would risk everything on a drive across the Llano. Along the way, two bands of killers would fight over them, the gunslinger Clay Allison would join up with them, and Quanah Parker's Comanches would try to thwart them-in a bold adventure fueled by the courage to face death, the pride to keep going, and the knowledge that now, there was no turning back.

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The Oregon Trail

Compton, Ralph 1995

They Risked Their Lives To Bring Cattle to Missouri. Now They Faced A Journey Twics As Dangerous...The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five millionmaverick longhorns and the brains, brawn and boldness to drive themnorth to where the money was.

Now, Ralph Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary epic series based on the history-making trail drives.The Oregon TrailLou Spencer, Dill Summer, and their fourteen Texas cowboys briught a herd up to Independence, Missouri, and sold half to a wagon train heading West.

Then the Texans hired on, leading the battling greenhorn pioneers across the Missouri River, across Nebraska Territory, and into the wilds past Forts Laramie and Bridger. With winter closing in, Spencer's men were running out of time to reach the wide-open land of Oregon.

And with a fortune in gold hidden in one of the pilgrims' wooden wagons-and outlaws circling like wolves-there were miles of shooting and dying still ahead.

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The Santa Fe Trail

Compton, Ralph 1997

An extraordinary saga of the trail-blazing cowboys who made their fortune driving cattle from Texas to the Great Frontier.They left Missouri and were headed to Santa Fe. Standing in their way was a parched desert, a land of outlaws and enemies-and one man's dangerous past.

He was a wealthy englishman with two beautiful daughters. They were five dusty texans and a gambling man. And they were all on the ride of their lives.The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five million maverick longhorns and the brains, brawn and boldness to drive them north to where the money was.

Now, Ralph Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary epic series based on the history-making trail drives.The Santa Fe TrailGavin McCord and his brawling cowboys came to Missouri with a problem: 3,500 longhorns and not one buyer.

That's where Gladstone Pitkin came in. A man with money and a dream of ranching in New Mexico, Pitkin bought McCord's cattle and hired his Texans for a trail drive from Independence to Santa Fe. But with an ill-fated gambler on the drive, the courageous, hardened riders weren't just a thousand brutal miles from Santa Fe-they were heading into a death trap.

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The Old Spanish Trail

Compton, Ralph 1998

An extraordinary saga of the trail-blazing cowboys who made their fortune driving cattle from Texas to the great frontier. Hard-riding Texans were braving mountains, desert and Indian war-- for the promise of a golden land called California...Over one million copies of Ralph Compton's Trail Drive novels in print!Missouri was closed to Texas cattle.

Santa Fe was closed by murder. Now, they had one choice: cross desert mountains and hostile Indian land-- to a place called California...The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five million maverick longhorns and the brains, brawn, and boldness to drive them north to where the money was.

Now, Ralph, Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary epic series based on the history-blazing trail drives.For the ranchers riding with Rand Hayes, things had gone from bad to worse. The Santa Fe man who'd contracted five thousand head of cattle was dead-- murdered by renegades.

Now the Texans had a herd of longhorns and only one choice: cross two mountain ranges and the Mojave Desert to the gold-fevered market at Los Angeles. A trail blazed by ancient Spaniards, this was a route that would lead through a brutal, wondrous land, where a hostile Ute nation was only one danger the cattle drive faced, and California was a shooting war away.


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The Deadwood Trail

Compton, Ralph 1999

They had beaten the harsh odds of the frontier. But for the two powerful ranchers, the most formidable trail lay ahead. There had never been a trail drive like this before...The only riches Texans had left after the Civil War were five million maverick longhorns and the brains, brawn, and boldness to drive them to market along treacherous trails.

Now, Ralph Compton brings this violent and magnificent time to life in an extraordinary series based on the history-blazing trail drives.For veteran ranchers Nelson Story of Montana, and Benton McCaleb of Wyoming, it was an opportunity a man didn't pass up.

In gold camps of the Black Hills, miners were hungry for beef, at boomtown prices. But within the two outfits were Indians, gunmen, Texans, lovesick cowboys, and high-spirited women. Worse, the drive would pass through Crow and Sioux territory, when Custer's defeat at the Little Big Horn was just hours away.

The drives were tangled by violent grudges, stampeding herds, and dangerous deception. The two brawling outfits had one thing in common: a deadly surprise awaiting them at the end of the trail...

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The Green River Trail

Compton, Ralph 1999

The year was 1853. For handful of cowboys turned California Gold Rushers, it was time to go home. Then Lonnie Kilgore and his fellow Texans met Western legend and former mountain man Jim Bridger, who told them of a lush range waiting to be claimed in northern Utah.

Now, the Texans have purchased land on the Green river and come to San Antonio to gather up some longhorns. But with Indian trouble, law trouble, and woman trouble along for the ride, the cowboys are finding out the truth about this paradise: to live on land you bought and paid for, you have to be willing to die.


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The Dakota Trail

Compton, Ralph 2001
Hoping to save his destitute hometown of Wisdom, Texas, Dick Hodson returns from the Civil War and plans a cattle drive run by greenhorn children, but a ruthless gang of cutthroats, hired by the evil Bryan Phelps, will do anything to stop them. Original. Read More

The Alamosa Trail

Ralph Compton 2002
Hired by gunslinger Clay Allison to bring a herd up from Mexico into Colorado across the dangerous Alamosa Trail, the cowboys of the Trailback Ranch must deal with a blizzard and a gang of slave-selling outlaws. Read More

The Bozeman Trail

Compton, Ralph 2002

Three daring individuals--James Cason, son of the owner of the Long Shadow ranch; vigilante Duke Faglier; and Revelation Scattergood, a suspected rustler out to build a new life for herself--brave the perils of the trail to drive a herd of cattle from San Antonio, Texas, to the Dakota Territory.


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The Abilene Trail

Richards, Dusty 2003
While driving cattle up north, former Confederate Army officer-turned-rancher Ben McCullough and his ex-sergeant Hap encounter such perils as stampedes, raging waters, nature's fury, and a gang of vicious rustlers. Original. Read More

Trail To Fort Smith

Compton, Ralph 2004
Hamp comes to the aid of his hot-tempered friend, Clint, after he is jailed for killing a cheating gambler, bribing the guards to let him go, but no sooner is Clint free than he kills a local rancher with vengeful friends who will do anything to see Clint hanged. Original. Read More

The Palo Duro Trail

Compton, Ralph 2004
When Dagstaff signs on to drive four thousand head of cattle up the dangerous Palo Duro trail, he finds himself caught in furious storms, facing Comanche raiders, and with a hired killer among his hands. Original. Read More

The Ogallala Trail

Compton, Ralph 2005

Despite his reluctance and still haunted by the events of his last drive, Sam Ketchum takes on the difficult challenge of bringing the cattle from Frio Springs to the markets of Nebraska, dealing with the hardships of the trail, renegade Comanche, and rustlers along with way, but now his task is further complicated when he finds himself in the middle of a deadly Texas feud.


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The Ellsworth Trail

Compton, Ralph 2005
After losing his family, faith, and fortune, Jock Kane will do anything to find his wife's killer who is plotting to steal his friend's longhorns. Read More

The Tenderfoot Trail

Compton, Ralph 2006
Pursued by the law, vigilantes, and bounty hunters, Luke Garrett, framed for a murder he did not commit and saddled with five mail-order brides, must drive his cattle herd through Whoop-Up Trail, a land rife with hostile Indians and other dangers, which is his only hope for survival. Original. Read More

Trail to Cottonwood Falls

Compton, Ralph 2007
Ed Wright, once a legendary cattle driver and ranger who now has a penchant for whiskey, gets one last chance to prove himself when he is hired by Unita Nance to drive her stock from Texas to Kansas where his enemies lie in wait to keep him off the trail permanently. Original. Read More

The Amarillo Trail

Compton, Ralph 2011

A family fights their demons on a dangerous cattle drive in this Ralph Compton western.Doc Blaine has signed a big contract with a cattle buyer up in Kansas. After a couple more good springs, Doc might finally be able to retire, but for now he’ll have to contend with a band of marauding brothers who are out for vengeance against the Blaines.

  Another set of brothers might prove to be the bigger liability—his own sons. Doc needs sizeable herds from each, but Miles and Jared Blaine have been feuding for years over the same woman—even after Miles married her. And Jared once vowed that someday he would kill his younger brother—a threat he never took back…   But Doc believes he can get both sons to Kansas—as long as one doesn’t know the other is making the same drive…More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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The Omaha Trail

Compton, Ralph 2012

There's a snake in this grass in this western in Ralph Compton's USA Today bestselling series...  Dane Kramer looks forward to the day when his sprawling Oklahoma cattle ranch will truly be his—no strings attached. With only one more bank payment to make, and a buyer in Omaha ready to pay top dollar for a herd of Herefords, he should finally have the banker Earl Throckmorton off his back.

But Earl has a plan to keep the ranch for himself, and if he has his way, Dane’s herd will never make it across the Omaha Trail—and Dane won’t make it home alive… Up against Earl’s hired gang of outlaws, Dane must do whatever it takes to bring in the herd—but Earl has more than one trick up his sleeve.

Planting one of his own men in Dane’s newly hired team of cowhands could be just the insurance he needs...More Than Six Million Ralph Compton Books In Print!

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Big Jake's Last Drive

Randisi, Robert J. 2020

Two old ranch hands lead one last trail drive but they can't escape death along the way in a brand new thrilling western in Ralph Compton's trail drive series.Big Jake Motley had been running the Big M spread in Texas for over 30 years. In that time, he's driven thousands of head of cattle to market in Kansas.

Now, while both the Nineteenth century and the era of trail drive are coming to an end, Big Jake is determined to make one last drive to Kansas. The only thing is, he doesn't have the cowhands to move that much beef. He drafts his old friend, Chance McCandles, into service, and together, the two aging cowboys put together a crew.

The trail to Kansas is fraught with dangers both natural and man made, but when Chance is killed by rustlers, Big Jake has one more task in before him, extract vengeance for his old friend.

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The Badlands Trail

Brandt, Lyle 2020

In this thrilling new installment in bestseller Ralph Compton's Trail Drive series, Toby Bishop and the drovers of the Circle K ranch will have to battle the elements, wild animals, rough terrain, and dangerous people to get their longhorn herd to their destination.

The drovers of Circle K ranch have to drive the herd of beautiful longhorn cattle five hundred miles northwest to Missouri if they hope to make it through the next year. Toby Bishop, a jack-of-all-trades and drifter, will have to work with the mixed group of drovers, whether they are white, black, Hispanic, lifelong cowboys, drifters, or shamed preachers.

On the trail, drovers must set aside their differences in favor of a common goal. As they go north, Bishop finds himself tested: physically by the rigors of the trail; and mentally, by the grim memories evoked by the violence necessary to protect the herd.

But if they are to make it all the way to St. Louis, he'll have to call on every skill and ounce of knowledge he's acquired in his checkered and violent past to overcome the unexpected obstacles threatening the drive.

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The Kelly Trail

McCauley, Terrence 2020

In this new Ralph Compton Western, William Bull Kelly brings his five sons onto the cattle drive, but when rustlers stampede the herd and injure them, he'll do anything to protect his own. Over the past twenty years, William Bull Kelly acquired a reputation as one of the best ramrods in Texas.

He has led legendary cattle drives to almost every railhead in the middle of the country. Most impressive of all, he once drove his herd all the way up to Montana. But after years of working for other people, he decided to run cattle on his own, with his five sons.

Everything starts off fine, but when a group of cattle thieves try to stampede the herd, some of Kelly's sons are hurt in the melee. The rustlers quickly find out that Kelly isn't called Bull because he insists on riding at the head of the herd. He's called Bull because of his skill with the harsh whip coiled on his belt.

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Drive for Independence

Brandt, Lyle 2020

In this brand-new Ralph Compton Western, the drovers of the Bar X ranch will face sandstorms, renegades, and outlaws along the historic Cimarron trail.After a child is accidentally killed in a shootout, Art Catlin decides to give up his life of bounty hunting and finds a new career as a drover, working for the Bar X ranch.

The trail is 770 miles from Santa Fe to Independence, Missouri, and Art isn't fool enough to think it'll be an easy journey. As they head east, they seem to come upon countless threats, from environmental to personal. If they're to make it all the way with the herd intact, Catlin will need to use all of the skill and knowledge he's acquired over his long and violent career.

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Ralph Compton Drive for Independence

Brandt, Lyle 2020

In this brand-new Ralph Compton Western, the drovers of the Bar X ranch will face sandstorms, renegades, and outlaws along the historic Cimarron trail.After a child is accidentally killed in a shootout, Art Catlin decides to give up his life of bounty hunting and finds a new career as a drover, working for the Bar X ranch.

The trail is 770 miles from Santa Fe to Independence, Missouri, and Art isn't fool enough to think it'll be an easy journey. As they head east, they seem to come upon countless threats, from environmental to personal. If they're to make it all the way with the herd intact, Catlin will need to use all of the skill and knowledge he's acquired over his long and violent career.

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Red Trail

Shirley, John 2020

A cattle drive faces long odds in this exciting new installment in Ralph Compton’s Trail Drive series.   An outbreak of hostilities with Comanches has disrupted the usual trail routes. But Mase Durst must get his cows from his Texas ranch to the railway up in Wichita, Kansas, or face losing his land, which the bank is fixing to foreclose on.

He's forced to take his herd on a little-used route called the Red Trail—little used for good reasons. It’s a tough trek: dangerous, narrow, and fraught with banditry.   Along the way, Durst and his men face numerous obstacles thrown up by Mother Nature, cattle rustlers and crooked lawmen.

But even their safe arrival in Wichita will offer no relief if he can’t make it home in time to save his ranch from the bank—and his wife from the predations of their rapacious neighbor. . .

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The Empire Trail

Rovin, Jeff 2021

In this thrilling installment in bestseller Ralph Compton’s Trail Drive series, a small ranch owner drives his herd into Mexico and is startled to find that human life comes cheaper than beef on the hoof. Andrew Buchanan has a problem. His modest ranch in Southern California is being pressured by an unscrupulous competitor and the encroaching wave of the future—orange growers.

The only chance he has to sell his cattle for real money is to take them south into Mexico. The Empire Trail is five hundred miles of misery that crosses scorching deserts and clings to treacherous cliffs—and it's Andrew's job to find the best way across.

But physical barriers are not the only thing he must contend with. A group of dangerous men are trailing the herd, determined to take the cattle or die trying. But this is Andrew's livelihood that hangs in the balance, and he won't go down without a fight.

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The Too-Late Trail

Mayo, Matthew P. 2021

A rancher discovers just how many times a man's luck can hold out in this thrilling novel in the bestselling Trail Drive Series After struggling for years to work a raw-patch ranch in the arid flatlands of Texas, young Mitchell Newland learns that his herd of scrubby range cattle will fetch ten times their local price if they're driven to Montana.

He strikes a one-sided deal with the devil, neighboring rancher Corliss Bilks, to back his play with cattle, men, and horses. The trail brims with hellish hardship: prairie fire, stampede, flooded rivers, hailstorms, rattlers, sickness, long, broiling days and frigid nights.

Halfway to Montana, range pirates and a rogue Apache war party close in. Mitch and the boys fight, grim and helpless, watching as their herd is driven westward in a cloud of dust and cackling laughter. Cut down to two bloodied men, Mitch collapses, far too late, and admits the old man has won the bet.

But salvation in the form of a Basque sheepherder revives Mitch and his pal, Drover Joe, and Mitch realizes he isn't done. Not by a long shot. And now he has nothing to lose.

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Publication Order of Anthologies

The Traditional West

Western Fictioneers 2011

The classic American Western returns in this collection of brand-new stories by some of the top Western writers in the world today. Robert J. Randisi, Dusty Richards, James Reasoner, Larry D. Sweazy, L.J. Washburn, Jackson Lowry, Larry Jay Martin, Kerry Newcomb, and many other members of Western Fictioneers, the only writers’ organization devoted solely to traditional Western fiction, take readers from the dusty plains of Texas to the sweeping vistas of Montana and beyond, in the biggest original Western anthology ever published! Western Fictioneers was founded in 2010 to promote the oldest genuine American art form, the Western story.

Its worldwide membership includes best-selling, award-winning authors of Western fiction, as well as the brightest up-and-coming new stars in the Western field. The organization’s first anthology features original stories by Steven Clark, Phil Dunlap, Edward A.

Grainger, James J. Griffin, Jerry Guin, C. Courtney Joyner, Jackson Lowry, Larry Jay Martin, Matthew P. Mayo, Rod Miller, Clay More, Ross Morton, Kerry Newcomb, Scott D. Parker, Pete Peterson, Cheryl Pierson, Kit Prate, Robert J. Randisi, James Reasoner, Dusty Richards, Troy D.

Smith, Larry D. Sweazy, Chuck Tyrell, and L.J. Washburn. With original cover artwork by acclaimed artist Pete Peterson, THE TRADITIONAL WEST is more than 100,000 words of classic Western fiction.

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Cactus Country Anthology Volume I

Cactus Country Publishing 2011

A collection of short stories, poetry, and articles by writers who have made their names in the western genre and won the top awards given for western writing. There is a story by talented and prolific Jory Sherman, as well as nearly 15 Spur Winners, and 10 recipients of the Heritage Award given out by the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City.

Brett Cogburn is the great-grandson of the real Rooster Cogburn of True Grit fame, and the author of Panhandle and Rooster; The Life & Times of the Real Rooster Cogburn. Dusty Richards is the award winning author of over 100 westerns. This book should be a must read for any western fan.

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Cactus Country II

Turner, Lou 2011
A collection of short stories, poetry and articles about the west. Some of the countries best western writers are included in this collection. Read More

Cactus Country Anthology Volume III

Richards, Dusty 2013

Cactus Country Anthology Volume III features 18 western stories and poems, plus 40 flash fiction western pieces, written by some of the best writers working in the western genre today. Included in this collection is the short story, Cabin Fever, written by Brett Cogburn.

This story won the Spur Award for short fiction given by the prestigious Western Writers of America.

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