Ex-Texas Ranger Rafe Bodine had thought he could leave the violent life of a lawman behind and settle down on his ranch. But Hank Slaughter, a ruthless murderer from his past, shatters that dream when he savagely murders Rafe's family. Now Rafe's on a mission of revenge. He doesn't count on meeting Emmaline St.
With its wide-eyed orphans, vile desperadoes, a beautiful woman in distress, an ex-Texas Ranger out to avenge unspeakable acts, bestselling romance author Criswell's new action-filled western (after Prim Rose) is steps above her previous efforts. Wealthy Bostonian Emmaline St. Joseph is on a mission to establish an orphanage in California in the memory of her late philanthropist brother. Ex-Texas Ranger Rafe Bodine too is on a missionto wipe out the vermin who raped and murdered his pregnant wifewhen stumbles upon the vulnerable and stranded Emmaline. Readers will be hooked the moment Rafe addresses Emmaline as "little lady" and images of John Wayne at his most gallant come to mind. This is a tightly plotted book and a good read. (July)