Life and Death of a Ranger

death-of-a-texas-ranger_cynthia-masseyWho doesn’t like a mystery? And a saga of vengeance? Cynthia Leal Massey Death of a Texas Ranger (Globe Pequot, $16.95) combines these two genres into a factual saga of frontier America, in this case a Ranger versus a Ranger.

Unexpected anger leads to angry words that lead to gunfire, with fatal results. Specific details as to why Cesario Menchaca killed John F. Green are lacking in spite of historian Massey’s intense research. Both were members of the Minute Men Company of Rangers operating southwest of San Antonio. Massey tells a fascinating tale of murder and final retribution; a forgotten well-told tale of life in a chaotic frontier society.

–Chuck Parsons, author of Pidge, Texas Ranger

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