The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Texas


Book Description

A fascinating journey through the Lone Star State's unruly past
with maps, photos, and more

Texas rightfully claims a celebrated place in the “wildest” West of both myth and reality—which makes it truly stranger than fiction that The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Texas is the first-ever travel guide to the many sites related to the Lone Star State's renowned rambunctious past, complete with GPS coordinates that put you at the scene of the action.

From outlaws like Sam Bass and John Wesley Hardin to Bonnie & Clyde and Houston's notorious Candy Man killer, Texas has dozens of places where true-crime buffs can actually stand close to history. For many readers, the attraction to these sites—some well-known, some obscured by time—is irresistible.

Written with the same fast-paced, gripping style that marked the author's widely praised earlier work, The Crime Buff's Guide to Outlaw Texas is an indispensable resource for both criminal-history enthusiasts and travelers. Each site description includes a concise summary of the location's significance, historical context, maps, directions, and photos.

Praise for a previous book by the same author, The Darkest Night

“Heartbreaking . . . Not unlike Truman Capote's In Cold Blood.” —Chicago Sun-Times

“This uncommon story has every chilling component of human terror, drama, and suspense that readers of true crime look for.” —Vincent Bugliosi, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Helter Skelter

“A very, very, good book . . . written by a very, very, good writer.” —Ann Rule, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Stranger Beside Me

About Franscell, Ron

Ron Franscell is a rising true-crime author, a seasoned traveler, and a Texan. His third book, the bestselling The Darkest Night (previously released in hardcover as Fall), established him as one of the most provocative new voices in narrative nonfiction.