Law on the Last Frontier (Nonfiction) S.E. Spinks (Texas Tech University Press, $28.50), Hardcover.

S.E. Spinks
S.E. Spinks

Arthur Hill served 27 years as a Texas Ranger, starting in 1947; hardly a time period we would classify as the “last frontier.” Hill spent 26 of those service years in the Big Bend region of West Texas, however, and this book does do justice to the story of a 20th-century lawman in a remote and dangerous locale. During investigations ranging from the simple theft of 34 porcelain toilets to the tragic cases of murdered peace officers, Hill made his mark as an honorable and adventurous ranger. His lone pursuit of thieves, gamblers, murderers, bank robbers and drug smugglers makes for good reading, and his insight into the operations of the modern Texas Rangers is a commendable bonus. Spinks did her homework on this one, and the final product is well worth the effort.

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