Cotton Smith Novels
Now Available in paperback and audio book...
Ring of Fire . . . and Ride For Rule Cordell in paperback and eBook!
2013 Spur Award Winner -- Audiobook, Ring of Fire!
Texas Ranger John Checker teams up with former outlaw Rule Cordell to fight a powerful ranch owner and her band of thugs as they try to do away with the Rangers and take control of the state.
Since 1953, the Western Writers of America has celebrated the rich heritage of the American West through Spur awards and anthologies. With Roundup!, edited by WWA Past-President Paul Andrew Hutton, the WWA again offers the very best of contemporary Western writing by the top hands in the field.
From Native Americans, famed frontiersmen, cowboys and outlaws, to contemporary tales of ranching, mining, and urban challenges, the WWA presents the full range of the American West as told in fiction and nonfiction short stories, poetry, and even a novella by television icon and WWA Wister prizewinner for Lifetime Achievement, Andrew Fenady.
Other Wister-award authors include such giants as Elmer Kelton, Robert M. Utley, Matthew Braun, and Richard Wheeler. They join Spur-award winners Johnny Boggs, John Nesbitt, Paul Hedren, Don Birchfield, Miles Swarthout, and Red Shuttleworth. These are not your Granddad's Western stories, but rather a fresh and enlightening look at the West and its people--past, present and future.
Texas Ranger, Time Carlow, has to track down a mysterious hired gunman who seems to use a different gun for each killing. Is Time next on the killer’s list?
An anthology of three novellas, by three of the best western writers of yesterday and today.
Vin Lockhart thought he could put his past as an Oglala Sioux behind him and become a saloon owner in Denver, but when his tribe needs his help in a battle against unscrupulous white men, Vin picks up his guns and heads straight into an ambush!
No doubt about it, Bass Tillman is getting old. It's been years since he killed a man in a gunfight. He's respectable now. A lawyer, not a gunfighter. He should be taking it easy, enioying life with his family. But he has only one thing on his mind—tracking down the men who murdered his son and daughter-in-law in cold blood. Tillman swore on his loved ones' graves that he would bring their killers to justice, and with only a few clues to go by, that's what he's going to do...even if it means going back to a life he left behind.
In Blood Brothers, former Texas Ranger John Checker and a rag-tag group of travelers are are returning home to Dodge City, Kansas, after rescuing Checker's niece and nephew from his ruthless stepbrother, Star McCallister, and his gang. But their escape is fraught with danger, thanks to patrolling Indians and McCallister shadowing their every move.
Tim Carlow is a Texas Ranger with a mighty dangerous job to do. A half-crazy killer named Silver Mallow has escaped from the jail in Bennett, Texas, and it's up to young Carlow to bring him back. All by himself. The killer has a three-day lead on him, and everything from luck to the weather seems to be against Carlow. Silver Mallow will do whatever it takes to stay out of jail, and he won't hesitate to use his gun. But he never counted on one determined Ranger.
What started as a simple trip for supplies has turned into a race against time and a fight to survive. Cole Kerry almost single-handedly broke up a raid on the town by a gang of outlaws. But one of them grabbed Cole's wife as they rode off, and Cole himself was shot in the back when he tried to track them down. Now it's up to his older brother, Ethan, to find Cole and rescue his wife—if they're still alive. It's a tough enough job for any man. Ethan isn't about to let the fact that he's blind stand between him and what he needs to do.
Rustling is an ugly business. Just the suspicion of it can get somebody hurt—or killed. And there's a whole lot of suspicion over on the Bar 6, the largest spread in the region. Old Titus Branson is missing a hundred head of Bar 6 cattle, and he's mighty sure of who did it: Bass Manko. Titus isn't about to sit still for something like that. He and his boys are dead set on seeing Manko swing from a rope. But Titus will have to face someone besides Manko first: Manko's best friend—Titus's own son!
Young Irishman Time Carlow couldn't be more proud to be a Texas Ranger, riding with his uncle Kileen, a former bare-knuckle boxer. After Kileen, Carlow, and his best friend break up a vicious Texas gang, they bring their captives to the town where Carlow grew up. But hatred of the Irish runs deep, and the town's mayor and sheriff betray them. The outlaws escape, wounding Carlow and killing his lifelong friend. Carlow is devastated, for he had sworn an ancient Irish blood-oath with the dead man -- symbolized by the stones they always carried. Consumed by vengeance, Carlow rides off in a fury, throwing away both the stones and his Ranger's star. Returning to the hometown that had always resented him -- and ultimately betrayed him -- he is out for blood. And even his icy cool demeanor cannot quench his burning desire for revenge....