Ron Franscell, Author of 'The Darkest Night'

Helpful votes received on reviews: 94% (16 of 17)
In My Own Words:
I am a bestselling author and journalist. My latest book is actually two books: CRIME BUFF'S GUIDE TO OUTLAW NEW MEXICO and OUTLAW ARIZONA (2014).

"The Sourtoe Cocktail Club" (2012) is a true story of an extraordinary road trip with my teenage son to the Yukon to find a saloon that serves a drink containing a mummified human toe ... and we find ourselves instead.

"Delivered from Evil" (2011) ex… Read more


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Resistance by Barry Lopez
Resistance by Barry Lopez
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
For anyone old enough to know the difference between Joe and Jenny McCarthy, the vernacular of Homeland Security might seem like deja vu all over again, merely substituting the word "terrorist" in the verbal cranny formerly occupied by "communist."
And while Barry Lopez certainly doesn't argue the clear and present danger real terrorists pose to Americans, he goes to great lengths in "Resistance" -- neither a novel nor short-story collection, but a fictional dossier of distress -- to point out the cure might be almost as abhorrent as the pox.
It is nine personal tales of disaffection, pain and flight. A blinded Vietnam veteran grapples with the horror of war and his own… Read more
Southtown by Rick Riordan
Southtown by Rick Riordan
When last we saw Tres Navarre, he was busting up the heroin trade in San Antonio's West Side and considering a more challenging job as a medieval studies professor. Luckily for fans of contemporary crime thrillers, Navarre chose dark alleys over the Dark Ages, and he's back after a three-year sabbatical.
Rick Riordan's new "South Town" heralds Navarre's return after publishing his stand-alone thriller "Cold Springs" last year. And the action picks up at the same pace it left off.
The promise of confronting a killer that even killers fear is how Riordan coaxed his popular protagonist out of literary retirement. "Cold Springs," was his fourth book, but his first without Navarre… Read more
Useful Girl by Marcus Stevens
Useful Girl by Marcus Stevens
4.0 out of 5 stars A voice to hear, May 1 2004
If promises are made to be broken, are secrets made to be revealed?
As Marcus Stevens's "Useful Girl" illustrates, what is buried deepest from view is sometimes the most important link to human relationships. The metaphors are thicker than Cheyenne fog on the Yellowstone River, but "Useful Girl" unfolds as beautifully as the river itself.
Like Pete Fromm's 2003 "As Cool As I Am," Stevens has written a contemporary Montana story from a young woman's perspective. Clearly, neither present-day Montana nor first-person female stories by male writers are unexplored territories, but both can be inaccessible. Stevens is a gifted writer who has mastered both.