Inspired by Deadly Work

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Zane Grey

In spring 1913, famed writer Zane Grey spent several days with Texas Rangers in El Paso. Grey heard plenty of stories that he incorporated into his next novel, 1915’s The Lone Star Ranger.

Grey dedicated it to Captain John R. Hughes and six Rangers, who still faced Old West-style danger along the border.   It’s sobering to know that one of those men was brutally murdered before the book came out.  Another died in a wild shootout with bandits just three months after it was published. A third died in 1914 while undergoing intestinal surgery.

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