Ray Hogan is an author who has inspired a loyal following ever since he published his first Western novel Ex-Marshal in 1956. Hogan was born in Willow Springs, Missouri, where his father was town marshal. At five the Hogan family moved to Albuquerque where Ray Hogan lived in the foothills of the Sandia and Manzano mountains. His father was on the Albuquerque police force and, in later years, owned the Overland Hotel. It was while listening to his father and other old-timers tell tales from the past that Ray was inspired to recast these tales in fiction. From the beginning he did exhaustive research into the history and the people of the Old West and the walls of his study were lined with various firearms, spurs, pictures, books, and memorabilia, about all of which he could talk in dramatic detail.
Among his most popular works are the series of books about Shawn Starbuck, a searcher in a quest for a lost brother, who has a clear sense of right and wrong and who is willing to stand up and be counted when it is a question of fairness or justice. His other major series is about lawman John Rye, whose reputation has earned him the sobriquet The Doomsday Marshal. "I've attempted to capture the courage and bravery of those men and women that lived out west and the dangers and problems they had to overcome," Hogan once remarked. If his lawmen protagonists seem sometimes larger than life, it is because they are men of integrity, heroes who through grit, character and common sense are able to overcome the obstacles they encounter despite often overwhelming odds.
This same grit of character can also be found in Hogan's heroines and, in The Vengeance of Fortuna West, Hogan wrote a gripping and totally believable account of a woman who takes up the badge and tracks the men who killed her lawman husband by ambush. No less intriguing in her way is Nellie Dupray, convicted of rustling in The Glory Trail. Above all, what is most impressive about Hogan's Western novels is the consistent quality with which each is crafted, the compelling depth of his characters, and his ability to juxtapose the complexities of human conflict into narratives always as intensely interesting as they are emotionally involving.
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Shawn Starbuck scours the thousands of rugged miles through the wild Southwest, in search of his lost brother Ben. Each book brings Starbuck face to face with danger and possible death. Will he ever find a man who doesn't want to be found?
Shawn Starbuck finds himself in more adventures in the Old West when in BOUNTY HUNTER'S MOON he becomes involved in murder and a maze of treachery plus a bounty of $10,000. A GUN FOR SILVER ROSE sees Starbuck almost lynched for the death of two miners. Saved from the rope by Silver Rose he finds himself in more murders and he and Rose are forced to flee.
Shawn Starbuck finds himself embroiled in a vicious range war with bloodthirsty raiders and a lynch mob, Soon he has to face down a notorious gunfighter to save the ranch in HIGH GREEN GUN. After repeated vicious attacks on the stagecoach, and the senseless death of innocent men protecting shipments of gold, Starbuck sets out to save the gold and track down the attackers in THE SHOTGUN RIDER.
THE LAST COMANCHERO: Starbuck is searching for Valdez, leader of a band of Comancheros holding his brother captive. He must reach Ben before they disappear into the distant Sierra Madre. In THE DAY OF THE HANGMAN: Starbuck rode out of Mexico with Heather Rustin, escaped prisoner of the Comancheros, in his care. But when they reached Yucca Flat, they found something dead wrong.
THE SCORPION KILLER: Shawn Starbuck gets himself involved with a mysterious assassin called "Amigo", can he find out his identity before he himself ends up at the wrong end of a bullet? THE TOMBSTONE TRAIL: A silver mine is the target of an unknown adversary who wants it for themselves but they don't reckon on Starbuck standing up against them. Western adventures that gallop across the pages.
Shawn Starbuck Double Adventure. The Jenner Guns: Arizona territory is being terrorized by a ferocious Jenner gang of outlaws. Shawn Starbuck takes on the job of sheriff and plans an intricate scheme to capture the Jenners. The Texas Brigade: Starbuck is forced to take charge of a posse searching for a party kidnapped by Comancheros.
Evil ranchers, ruthless henchmen, a corrupt mayor and roughneck cowboys - Shawn Starbuck has to face them all in Lawman for Slaughter Valley.
In The Guns of Stinagree, Starbuck finds himself involved in bloody night raids, a lynching and murder. But how can he stop the spreading violence?
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Double the action. Double the adventure for Shawn Starbuck. As his quest to find his brother continues he finds himself on a Passage to Dodge City where Marshal Wyatt Earp himself was awaiting drovers from Texas before playing his part in the desperate enterprise. Starbuck plunges into the middle of a bullet-riddled ambush for a final showdown of deadly truths in The Hell Merchant.
Double the action with Shawn Starbuck. In "Brandon's Posse" Starbuck joins a rag-tag posse hunting down a thieving crew of outlaw killers. His loyalty is called to question but which way will he point his gun? In "The Devil's Gunhand" acting as deputy to Sheriff Sam Culver, Starbuck finds himself accused of the lawman's murder. He hits the trail to bring in the real killer - if he lives that long!
Two great novels: In A Bullet for Mr. Texas a secret killer is hired to killed Mr. Texas but Shawn Starbuck is on his trail. A trail that ends in a blaze of flaming violence.
The Marshal of Babylon sees Starbuck searching for his brother and pins on the marshal badge in the town of Babylon. Then a stranger rides in with a message from Ben. Is it a trap—or does Ben really need him?
THREE CROSS - A ranch was besieged by ruthless marauders who would stop at nothing until it was theirs. What was the priceless secret of Three Cross? Starbuck swore to find out, though it might mean losing the trail to Ben, in a battle for land and gold. DEPUTY OF VIOLENCE - A hidden valley with its inhabitants being held captive by a ruthless gang who wanted Starbuck to leave...in a pine box!
THE RIMROCKER: On the trail of seeking his brother Ben, Shawn Starbuck faces down some mean cutthroats determined to see Starbuck dead.
THE OUTLAWED: Deep in the wilds of Arizona, Starbuck stopped to aid a stranger against savage Apaches, a man on a mysterious mission of his own, a man who led Starbuck into a web of vengeance and bloody violence … FIRST IN THE SHAWN STARBUCK DOUBLE WESTERN SERIES