|Jason Manning, Writer||
Hanging was too good for the likes of Ol' Ma Foley and her band of outlaw sons. Cold killers and proud of it, they'd gun down a man to steal his horse as soon as look at him, and most folks in Shelby County, Texas knew it. Anyone fool enough to draw against them ended up in a pine box -- local starpackers included.
But Federal Marshal Jim Gantry was no local lawman and he had his guns cocked and ready when he rode into town with one of the Foley boys as his prisoner. The jasper had murdered an innocent wrangler in cold blood, and Gantry aimed to see him swing. 'Course, it wasn't long before a hail of Foley lead sizzled the air 'round the marshal's hatbrim. Fistin' his heavy irons, Gantry began droppin' the owlhoots quicker 'n thought, piling up their bodies in a deadly...
TEXAS BLOOD KILL
1991 by Jason Manning
Zebra Books (New York)
First I am compelled to say this was not my title for the novel! Secondly, the cover text, which I didn't write, says nothing about the blood feud between Foleys and Thorns, as well as the deep-seated resentment for anything representing the federal government -- in this case Gantry -- by diehard southerners in East Texas, after the Civil War was over. These two elements formed the basis for the conflict I wrote about in this book.