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By ZANE GREY, Narrated by WILLIAM THORP.
Arizona Ames is a bad man, quick as lightening with a six-shooter. He believes in justice and enforces it even beyond the reach of the law.
By MAX BRAND, Narrated by LIONEL JACOBS.
Don Sebastian Valdivia and his secretary, Juan Carrero, attend a horse auction at the Garrison Ranch, where an outlaw stallion, Twilight, is held back until last. The only man who can ride this magnificent beast is Charles Dupont, known as The Crisco Kid, who has bonded with the horse since he was a colt. Violence and some strong language. 1924.
BRUSH-OFF: A HAIR-RAISING MYSTERY
By LAURA BRADLEY, Narrated by DOROTHY BLAIR.
Alluring hair stylist Reyn Marten Sawyer becomes involved in an uneasy alliance with sexy detective Jackson Scythe to track down a killer when she becomes a suspect in the murder of her mentor, Ricardo, San Antonio's hair salon king. Some strong language. 2004.
By CHESTER ANDERSON, Narrated by MARY JANE PRALL.
When aliens resembling six-foot tall blue lobsters descend upon Greenwich Village and plot to conquer New York with extraterrestrial hallucinogenics, a group of hippies are the only ones who can save the day.
CURSED TO DEATH: A SHERIFF DAN RHODES MYSTERY
By BILL CRIDER, Narrated by BILLY BROOKSHIRE.
When Dr. Samuel Martin, the local dentist - and unpopular landlord - claims he's been hexed by a tenant, Sheriff Dan Rhodes does his best to smooth things over between the distressed dentist and the would-be witch. But then Dr. Martin disappears and his wife turns up bludgeoned to death. Some descriptions of sex, some strong language and some violence. 1988.
DEATH SPLITS A HAIR: A JUDGE JACKSON CRAIN MYSTERY #2
By NANCY BELL, Narrated by CAROLYN LARSON.
In the second Judge Jackson Crain mystery, Joe Junior McBride, beloved barber of Post Oak, Texas, has been murdered. At first glance, the homicide appears to be the work of a prowler, but as the investigation progresses, Joe Junior's second wife, Marlene Ashburn, becomes the prime suspect. A stranger turns up at the funeral, and something about him reminds everyone of Joe Junior. But Joe's brother, Gerald, claims never to have seen him. Meanwhile, Judge Crain and his teenage daughter, Patty, try to combine her social activities with some careful snooping into the lives of their friends and neighbors. 2005.
DETACHMENT FAULT: A FRANKIE MACFARLANE MYSTERY #2
By SUSAN CUMMINS MILLER, Narrated by ELAYNE KARICKHOFF.
After the murderous rigors of her Ph.D. field research, Frankie MacFarlane was happy to be settling down in her native Tuscon, house-sitting the family home and teaching geology at Foothills Community College. Little did she imagine that a brief fishing trip to Mexico with her brother Jamie and his girlfriend, Carla, could entangle her in a string of murder, mythology, and international intrigue. Nonetheless, Frankie responds in true form. Noticing every nuance of her surroundings, both natural and manmade, Frankie skids through a heart-stopping and unforgettable chase from the Sea of Cortez to Tucson's Sabino Canyon. Some violence. 2004.
EVERYTHING BURNS: A BOOT MEANS NOVEL
By CHRISTOPHER KLIM, Narrated by CAROLYN LARSON.
Boot Means is an itinerant journalist on the lam after digging a little too deep on a sensitive story back east. Now he's freelancing in Concho, Texas, eyeing a permanent position on the local paper. He catches the attention of the editor with compelling photos of fire scenes, including one in which two youngsters died. The chief arson investigator takes Boot into his confidence; the fires may have been set by a serial arsonist. Boot writes the story. The arsonist likes the attention and begins corresponding with Boot. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language. 2004.
GUN SHY: A BLANCO COUNTY MYSTERY #5
By BEN REHDER, Narrated by LINDA FOX.
John Marlin, a sure-footed game warden and Texas peace officer, doesn't believe in blaming guns instead of criminals for crime, but his views on Second Amendment rights are tested by a National Weapons Alliance (NWA) rally, planned for July 4 at the ranch of country and western superstar Mitch Campbell. His brain addled by mushrooms, Mitch accidentally kills a Mexican gardener and turns to the smarmy NWA Texas chapter president, Dale Stubbs, for help covering up the crime. Meanwhile, SNATCH (Society of Nonviolent Americans to Control Handguns) plans a protest of the NWA rally. Contains violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2007.
GUNS OF DORKING HOLLOW
By MAX BRAND, Narrated by DAN LOVELAND.
This story of violence and gunplay set in a roaring mining town tells of a feud between an invincible giant and a man who had to win a battle with death to protect his kingdom.
HANK THE COWDOG 05: FADED LOVE
By JOHN R. ERICKSON, Narrated by BECKY HARRIS.
Hank quits his job as Head of Ranch Security and travels in search of adventure and romance. The fifth adventure in the Hank the Cowdog series. 1989.
By JOE R. LANSDALE, Narrated by PAUL KLEMPERER.
East Texas roughneck buddies Hap Collins and Leonard Pine befriend a hapless fellow whose younger, weaker brother has fallen in with extremely bad company - he's just joined a gang of bank robbers whose leader is used to increasing his own share of the loot by killing the other gang members. Also includes "The Boy Who Became Invisible," a short story in which Hap relates an event he witnessed years before. Violence and strong language. 2011.
I GAVE YOU MY HEART, BUT YOU SOLD IT ONLINE
By DIXIE CASH, Narrated by CAROL ESLER.
Salt Lick, Texas's ace detectives Debbie Sue and Edwina are at it again, defying their husbands' wishes by leaving their beauty parlor behind and hotfooting it out the door in pursuit of the latest criminal in the guise of their alter egos, the Domestic Equalizers. But this time the crime takes the form of credit-card theft, and the victim is none other than Debbie Sue's ex-boyfriend, rodeo heartthrob Quint Matthews, who hires them to track down his former girlfriend to make her stop using his Visa card. Quint, who has had more than his share of love trouble lately, tries an internet dating service, and is matched with Salt Lick's own Allison Barker, who would rather date his best friend. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex and some violence.
IN THE LAND OF LITTLE STICKS: NORTH-WESTERN STORIES
By LES SAVAGE, Narrated by PAUL KLEMPERER.
This collection brings together all the short fiction that Les Savage, Jr. set in Canada, Alaska or the Arctic. These seven short stories and one long novella have been restored to the original manuscripts. Stories include: "Mush Fast or Die!," "Lunatic Patrol," "The Lobstick of Charlie Giroux," "A Man Doesn't Whip His Dogs," "In the Land of Little Sticks," "Skagway's Seal," "Hard-Rock Man," and "Death Rules the Wilderness." Violence and some strong language. 1945.
ISLE OF MISFORTUNE
By GEOFFREY LEAVENWORTH, Narrated by KERRY PIVONKA.
When Gordo O'Connor answers the doorbell one night while he is home alone with his sons, he encounters an angry man who shoots him in the chest. Fortunately, he escapes serious injury, but the gunshot begins a chain of events that alters the course of his life forever. A novel of suspense based on the author's personal experience. Some strong language, some descriptions of sex and some violence. 2003.
By JACK BALLAS, Narrated by ELAYNE KARICKHOFF.
Cord Fain is going to teach his ruthless former trail boss that when it comes to stealing land from its rightful owners, possession is nine-tenths of the law - the rest is blood. 2003.
LONE STAR CAFE: TEXAS HILL COUNTRY SERIES #2
By LISA WINGATE, Narrated by DOROTHY BLAIR.
Virginia-based publishing executive Laura Draper goes to Texas to face-lift a newly acquired magazine. Reeling from the project's endless snags, a sudden breakup with her boyfriend, and her widowed father's depression, Laura is in crisis when a detour leads her to a tiny rural spot called the Crossroads, where two elderly sisters run an old-fashioned cafe. She is powerfully drawn to the timeless values the Crossroads represents as well as to local Graham Keeton, a former military pilot shadowed by a mysterious grief. Sequel to "Texas Cooking" CT 6728. (Second in Wingate's Texas Hill Country series.)
MR. MOTO IS SO SORRY
By JOHN PHILLIPS MARQUAND, Narrated by THERESE EAST.
A mystery-adventure story set in the Far East during the thirties. Mr. Moto is brilliant Japanese detective who finds himself involved with a code message inscribed on a cigarette case and the Russian and Japanese armies during a train trip to Mongolia. 1938.
MY HEART MAY BE BROKEN, BUT MY HAIR STILL LOOKS GREAT
By DIXIE CASH, Narrated by CAROL ESLER.
Wealthy Buck McBride's daughter, Paige, gets a taste of tough love when Daddy decides to cut her off until she learns the value of a dollar. For the first time in her life, Paige needs a job. Chasing a prospect in West Texas, she gets a flat tire; poor but proud aggie grad Spur Atwater grudgingly rescues the leggy blonde. The sparks don't fly until they meet again in Salt Lick, where Paige gets work on a horse farm, while Spur takes over from the local vet. Salt Lick's most famous residents, Domestic Equalizers Debbie Sue Overstreet and Edwina Perkins-Martin, forge a friendship with Paige, and together the Texas belles set a trap for a mysterious horse thief. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex.
ON GOLDEN POND
By ERNEST THOMPSON, Narrated by MARY JANE PRALL.
During one summer on Golden Pond, Norman and Ethel Thayer find new meaning in their love of forty-eight years and their daughter, Chelsea, gets a last chance at both love and a new relationship with her parents.
By DELL SHANNON, Narrated by PHYLLIS HOLBERT.
As the usual march of crime descends on the homicide unit of the LAPD, Luis Mendoza finds out that one of his own--young detective Tom Landers--has been accused of heading a car-theft ring.
By LOUIS L'AMOUR, Narrated by JESS KOZMAN.
Dal and Mac Traven are on the trail of a band of raiders who hold captive their sister and Dal's girlfriend, on their bloody path to Mexico.
By ERIC LUSTBADER, Narrated by THERESE EAST.
Diana is a young actress making a film about political hostages. As the filming proceeds, she begins to see that the terrorism in the film is mirrored in the events of her own life. Violence, strong language and explicit descriptions of sex. 1981.
STAGECOACH STATION 26, TULSA
By HANK MITCHUM, Narrated by TERRY MAY.
Deputy Marshall Jim Land readies the Oklahoma territory for statehood--battling outlaws like Bill Doolin and Turk Freese, with a final showdown in Tulsa.
WELCOME COMMITTEE OF BUTTERNUT CREEK
By JANE MYERS PERRINE, Narrated by NANCY VANHEMERT.
When the welcoming committee led by Miss Birdie and her friend Mercedes has no matchmaking success with the new minister, the ladies turn their attention to veteran and amputee Sam Peterson. 2012.
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900 MILES ON THE BUTTERFIELD TRAIL
By A.C. GREENE, Narrated by EV LUNNING.
A tribute to the Butterfield Trail stretching from Missouri to California. The author gives an account of the Trail's history, comments on the changes in the landscape, and explores myths and legends that surround Butterfield Trail.
AMERICAN RODEO, FROM BUFFALO BILL TO BIG BUSINESS
By KRISTINE FREDRIKSSON, Narrated by GRETCHEN ESTES.
Tracing rodeo from its roots in the range-cattle industry to its present form, the author analyzes the forces within and without that have allowed the sport to develop into the multimillion-dollar industry it is today. She explores the influence of the humane movement on rodeo, the effects of commercial sponsorship on its growth, and the tendency of the media to make the cowboy an exotic, romantic figure.
AS SHE LAY SLEEPING: A SHADOWY FIGURE, A BRUTAL MURDER, AN ANONYMOUS TIP
By MARK PRYOR, Narrated by TIMOTHY ENGLERT.
Will Justice Prevail?: A True Story") Savagely attacked as she lay sleeping on the sofa, Natalie Antonetti's skull was shattered. Bizarrely, she was able to move about her apartment, changed clothes and tried to speak to her son. Her words never came. Two weeks later she was dead. The only lead was a neighbor who claimed to have seen a shadowy figure wielding a child's baseball bat an hour prior to the attack. Years later, an anonymous tip broke open the cold case. Violence and some strong language. 2013.
By MARILYN DELL BRADY, Narrated by PAUL KLEMPERER.
Readers are introduced to the languages, religions, and cultures of those who immigrated to the Lone Star state from Asia. Organized by region, the book discusses the lives and contributions of Chinese, Japanese, East Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, Filipino, Laotian, and Cambodian Texans. (See Also: Indian Texans, Mexican Texans, European Texans, and African Texans.)
B-45 TORNADO: AN OPERATIONAL HISTORY OF THE FIRST AMERICAN JET BOMBER
By JOHN C. FREDRIKSEN, Narrated by CRAIG YORK.
The North American B-45 Tornado was America's first jet bomber and was used in a number of vital missions for nearly a decade. Drawing from declassified secret documents, this history explains the bomber's use in strategic reconnaissance and atomic-weapon strike missions from its 1944 development to its role in the Cold War. Includes more than 100 interviews with pilots, navigators, and ground personnel. Some violence and some strong language. 2009.
BLIND LOVE: THE TRUE STORY OF THE TEXAS CADET MURDER
By PETER MEYER, Narrated by NANCY VANHEMERT.
Examines the case of two Texas high school students, David Graham and Diane Zamora, who collaborated in the murder of classmate Adrianne Jones after David admitted to Diane that he had had a sexual encounter with Adrianne. Violence. 1998.
BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER: A SCATTERING OF TEXAS FOLKLORE
By FRANCIS E. ABERNETHY, Narrated by TIMOTHY ENGLERT.
Texas has a large population who has lived on both sides of the border and created a folkloric mix that makes Texas unique. The emphasis of this book is on recently researched Tex-Mex folklore. We use the title "both sides of the border" with the folklorist's knowledge that all of this state's songs, tales, and traditions have lived and prospered on the other sides of Texas borders at one time or another before they crossed the rivers and became 'ours.' 2004.
BUDDY HOLLY: A BIOGRAPHY
By ELLIS AMBURN, Narrated by PAUL KLEMPERER.
Buddy Holly's music is important and Amburn's serious and thorough research solidifies this position while offering a comprehensive view of the singer's life. From his wild days as a juvenile delinquent, to his first romances, to his early associations with then virtually unknown singers like Elvis Presley and Waylon Jennings, Holly emerges as a deeply tortured, driven individual and a brilliantly talented young man in a hurry to make it as a star. 1995. Some descriptions of sex, some violence, and some strong language.
CAREER PERSPECTIVES: INTERVIEWS WITH BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PROFESSIONALS
By MARIE ATTMORE, Narrated by TOM NAUGHTON.
Here are the stories of how twenty different people, blind or visually impaired, decided on a professional career--often in the face of repeated discouragement--and achieved career success.
ECKHARDT: THERE ONCE WAS A CONGRESSMAN FROM TEXAS
By GARY KEITH, Narrated by EV LUNNING.
In this biography of Robert Christian Eckhardt (1913-2001), Keith tells the story of Eckhardt's colorful life and career within the context of the changing political landscape of Texas. Renowned for his "brilliant legislative mind" and political oratory as well as for bicycling to Congress in a rumpled white linen suit and bow tie, U.S. Congressman Bob Eckhardt was a force to reckon with in Texas and national politics from the 1940's until 1980. A liberal Democrat who successfully championed progressive causes, from workers' rights to consumer protection to environmental preservation and energy conservation, Eckhardt won the respect of opponents as well as allies. 2007.
By ALLAN O. KOWNSLAR, Narrated by DIANNA DORMAN.
(Texans All: A Series from the Institute of Texan Cultures) This book highlights the contributions of those who immigrated to the Lone Star State from all over Europe. Readers are introduced to the life and culture of French, English, Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Belgian, Swiss, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish, German, Wend, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Italian, Greek, and Slavic Texans. (See also: Indian Texans, Mexican Texans, African Texans, and Asian Texans.)
By COREY MITCHELL, Narrated by CRAIG YORK.
In Houston, Texas, on the morning of May 23, 1982, Coral Eugene Watts, 28, trapped two young women in their apartment. Only hours before, he'd killed another woman. As Watts attempted to drown Lori Lister, her roommate Melinda Aguilar made a daring escape, leading to Watt's arrest. Watts was a sadistic slayer with a lust for killing in a variety of ways: strangulation, suffocation, drowning, and stabbing. He confessed to thirteen murders, but experts theorize Watts may have slain more than Ted Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, and John Wayne Gacy - combined. Here is the chilling story of how he almost got away with murder. Violence. 2006.
FALL OF EAGLES
By C.L. (CYRUS LEO) SULZBERGER, Narrated by FRANCES LOPEZ MORILLAS.
A history of Europe from 1848 to 1918 and the roles played by the Houses of Habsburg, Hohenzollern and Romanov.
FROM THE COCKPIT: COMING OF AGE IN THE KOREAN WAR
By KENNETH ATKINSON, Narrated by LIONEL JACOBS.
An autobiography of a naval aviator who flew over 100 combat missions in the Korean War. Tex Atkinson flew F4U Corsairs and AD Skyraiders and served on the USS Princeton and USS Boxer. An important contribution to the history of naval aviation with detailed and often chilling accounts of combat flying during the Korean War and of straight-deck carrier operations during that time. Atkinson's wartime account is interspersed with tales of growing up in the small town of Hillsboro, Texas. Some strong language. 2004.
HARNESS MAKER'S DREAM: NATHAN KALLISON AND THE RISE OF SOUTH TEXAS
By NICK KOTZ, Narrated by CINDY JOHNSON.
Both historical study and ancestral narrative, "The Harness Maker's Dream" follows Ukrainian teenager Nathan Kallison's escape from the murderous Cossacks to a brighter future in America. Facing challenges of learning English and earning wages as a harness maker in Chicago, Kallison moves to San Antonio in 1899 where he and his sons eventually develop the largest farm and ranch supply business in the Southwest. 2013.
HOLLOW EARTH: THE GREATEST GEOGRAPHICAL DISCOVERY IN HISTORY MADE BY ADMIRAL RICHARD E. BYRD IN THE MYSTERIOUS LAND BEYOND THE POLES, THE TRUE ORIGIN OF FLYING SAUCERS
By DR R.W. BERNARD, Narrated by BARBARA TIFT.
The Hollow Earth is a soaring adventure in scientific imagination and speculation--more fascinating than science fiction--more exciting than a moon probe. 1969.
By CARLTON STOWERS, Narrated by LYN WOOD.
Undercover officer George Raffield's job was to pose as a student in the small town of Midlothian, Texas and infiltrate a high school drug ring. When Raffield's cover became suspect, word spread through a small circle of friends that the young officer would pay with his life. On a rainy fall evening in 1987, Raffield was lured to an isolated field and killed. Stowers describes the circumstances leading up to Raffield's death, and the events that unfolded as the Midlothian police investigated his murder. Violence and strong language. 1990.
LAST GREAT DAYS OF RADIO
By LYNN WOOLLEY, Narrated by RUTH BORINSTEIN.
In this memoir, long-time radio personality Lynn Woolley describes Texas radio in its heyday. Combining humor and nostalgia, Woolley traces his career from the smallest station in a small market to the largest radio newsroom in Texas and offers inside information about the radio business.
MURCHISONS: THE RISE AND FALL OF A TEXAS DYNASTY
By JANE WOLFE, Narrated by HAROLD STEADMAN.
Wolfe charts the course of the meteoric rise and catastrophic fall of a notorious Texas dynasty. Within three generations, the Murchison clan amassed and squandered a colossal fortune launched in the oil fields of Depression-era Texas. This is an authentic family saga with enough gossip and scandal to rival the most popular potboilers.
ORPHANS' NINE COMMANDMENTS: A MEMOIR
By WILLIAM ROGER HOLMAN, Narrated by JEANNE GUICHARD.
When Roger Bechan was six, his mother packed his suitcase and told him they were going to Oklahoma City to visit an uncle. Instead, she took him to the Oklahoma Society for the Friendless. He never saw her again. No wonder he and his orphan friends omit the tenth commandment to honor your father and mother. His long journey through three orphanages and several foster homes is recalled with surprising humor and insight. Eventually, the boy finds a home in a small Oklahoma oil town, obtains degrees from two universities, marries and raises three sons, and becomes the youngest director of the San Francisco Public Library and an award-winning book designer. 2007.
PAT GARRETT: THE STORY OF A WESTERN LAWMAN
By LEON CLAIRE METZ, Narrated by EV LUNNING.
Biography chronicling the life of Patrick (Pat) Floyd Garrett (1850-1908), the western lawman who killed Billy the Kid. Some violence. 1974.
By WELDON PHILLIP KELLER, Narrated by CAROLINE SUMMERS.
The author gives many practical suggestions for living a calm, healthful, and joyous life by treating the whole person – the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual sides of life.
TEXAS RHYTHM, TEXAS RHYME: A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF TEXAS MUSIC
By LARRY WILLOUGHBY, Narrated by NORMAN KIEKE.
A history of Texas music from its origins in the culture of Mexico, from the country folk tradition. Scott Joplin, Bob Wills, Ornette Coleman, Flaco Jimenez and hundreds of Texas musicians, past and present, are recalled in this comprehensive study. 1984.
TORPEDOES IN THE GULF: GALVESTON AND U-BOATS, 1942-1943
By MELANIE WIGGINS, Narrated by JACK GAZZALE.
Catching Americans totally unprepared, twenty-four German submarines entered the Gulf of Mexico between 1942 and 1943 and sank 56 merchant ships, damaging 14 others. This is the engrossing account of Germany's stealthy invasion. 1995.
TRAIL OF BLOOD: A FATHER, A SON, AND A TELL-TALE CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION
By WANDA WEBB EVANS, Narrated by LESLIE ROGERS.
When Jim Dunn's twenty-four-year-old son, Scott, disappears, the police are reluctant to investigate. When detectives visit Scott's apartment they discover bloodstains on the floor, walls, even the ceiling. All the evidence points to foul play, but without a body, Scott's case can't be brought to trial. Jim Dunn turns to the forensic experts of the Vidocq Society to solve the mystery of his son's disappearance. Some violence, some strong language, and some descriptions of sex. 2005.
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