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THE SOURTOE COCKTAIL CLUB: The Yukon Odyssey of a Father and Son in Search of a Mummified Human Toe ... and Everything Else

When the author and his teenage son embark on a road trip to the Yukon to seek out a macabre cocktail containing an amputated human toe, they unwittingly begin a journey into their past, present and future. SOURTOE is a true-life love story about fathers and sons, set against epic backdrops and overlooked places. It is also a road book that attempts to answer, for one father and son, a pivotal life question: Where does the road go?

"Seriously funny, earthily cosmic -- how does Ron Franscell do it? SOURTOE is a world-beater of a tale of the father-son odyssey to the farthest reach of road and heart."

—IVAN DOIG
Bestselling author of "This House of Sky"





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The Crime Buff's Guide to OUTLAW PENNSYLVANIA

From America's first school shooting in the 1700s to modern-day serial killers, a new book from a bestselling crime-writer and a local historian covers the fascinating gamut of mayhem in the Keystone State's past. And it's all there: Pennsylvania sites tied to the Sundance Kid, Doc Holliday, Ted Bundy, Al Capone, and Elliot Ness, among others ... the Molly Maguires ... high-profile mob hits ... a serial killer dubbed Gorilla Man ... a murderous hippie guru known as The Unicorn ... groundhog skullduggery ... torture-killer Gary Heidnik ... sites of America's first bank robbery, armored car heist, and child kidnapping for ransom ... and dozens of other true-crime tales. This book will cause even the buffest PA crime buff to say, "I didn't know that!"

"The ultimate guilty pleasure books!"
—San Antonio Express-News





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The Crime Buff's Guide to OUTLAW WASHINGTON DC

America's gleaming white capital has a dark underbelly. Now you can experience the seamy side of history with an expert guide as bestselling crime writer Ron Franscell continues his intriguing exploration of significant places in American crime history by going straight to the epicenter of "capital" crimes -- Washington DC!

"I can imagine legions of true crime fans with Franscell's book in hand standing in these places, contemplating in real life what the characters of history saw and experienced."

—STEVE JACKSON
Bestselling author of "Monster"





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The Crime Buff's Guide to the OUTLAW ROCKIES

Just like the popular CRIME BUFF'S GUIDE TO OUTLAW TEXAS, this quirky and fascinating travel book literally takes you to the scene of Rocky Mountain crimes with photos, maps, histories and GPS coordinates! From the Wild Bunch and Tom Horn to Columbine and Ted Bundy, OUTLAW ROCKIES promises to be a headlong romp through the criminal history in the heart of the Rockies.

"The Crime Buff's Guide to The Outlaw Rockies is a fascinating and macabre tour of crime locations and criminal acts where the body count is as high as the altitude. Readers will be reminded that the Wild West was really wild -- and that it still is. Ron Franscell is a thorough and unflinching guide. This book is hard to put down and voyeurs with GPS units should be both thrilled ... and weirded out at times."

—C.J. BOX
New York Times bestselling author of "Cold Wind"





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DELIVERED FROM EVIL: True Stories of Ordinary People Who Faced Monstrous Mass Killers and Survived

Who'll speak for the dead in some of America's deadliest mass killings? In rare instances, only the survivors can give voice to the horror of confronting monsters and living to tell about it. This book explores the survival experiences of 10 people who escaped death in the Texas Tower shooting, the 1984 McDonald's massacre, Luby's Cafeteria, Howard Unruh's 1949 rampage in Camden, the Atlanta day-trader murders and many others.

"In Ron Franscell's captivating account of the darkest chapters of our history, the author skillfully reminds all of us the meaning of grace and the triumph of the human spirit."

—GREGG OLSEN
New York Times bestselling author





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The Crime Buff's Guide to OUTLAW TEXAS

Texas rightfully claims a celebrated place in the "wildest" West of both myth and reality, but nobody has ever written a travel guide to the many sites related to the Lone Star State’s renowned outlaw past ... until now! Whether you're a day-tripper, a true-crime buff or a history traveler, OUTLAW TEXAS will be an indispensable guidebook for anybody who likes to stand where history happened! And it'll all be in one place with fabulously researched and well-organized accounts, photos, directions … even GPS coordinates!

"The research in this book is simply amazing! Ron Franscell has basically re-mapped Texas, specifically pinpointing where all of our most notorious outlaws lived, performed their gruesome deeds, and died. On top of that, he's uncovered riveting stories about outlaws in far away corners of the state that very few us even knew about. For everyone interested in Texas' great outlaw past, this is an indispensable guide."

—SKIP HOLLANDSWORTH
Executive editor of Texas Monthly





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THE DARKEST NIGHT: Two Sisters, a Brutal Murder and the Loss of Innocence in a Small Town

(2007 hardcover edition entitled "FALL: The Rape and Murder of Innocence in a Small Town")

On a chilly autumn night in 1973, 11-year-old Amy Burridge eagerly rode with her 18-year-old sister, Becky, to a neighborhood grocery store in the small town of Casper, Wyoming. When they finished their shopping, they discovered a flat tire on Becky's car. Two men politely offered them a ride home. But they were not Good Samaritans.

THE DARKEST NIGHT is an intensely atmospheric portrait of people in a simple and safe place, forever changed by evil. It's the story of how one violent crime has echoed over decades in a small town. It's also a story of resilience in the human spirit. Humans were not intended to live behind walls, so we must find our place in a messy world ... or not truly live at all.

Praised by the Chicago Sun-Times, Rocky Mountain News, Denver Post, San Antonio Express-News, Publishers Weekly, Midwest Book Review and more as one of the best true-crime books of 2007.

"... An almost-hypnotic read, hard to look away from. ... This is a very, very, good book, written by a very, very, good writer. "

— ANN RULE




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THE OBITUARY

AVAILABLE ONLY TO KINDLE & NOOK READERS!

When a world-renowned forensic anthropologist journeys to Winchester, Wyoming, to examine the long-dead remains of a woman who claimed to be Etta Place — the Old West’s most mysterious and legendary female outlaw — he’s not expecting to find a man’s headless corpse in her crypt. The grisly discovery plunges him and Jefferson Morgan — the editor of the weekly Winchester Bullet — into a shadowy and deadly world of satellite-savvy highway pirates, rural meth labs, computer hackers and old-fashioned corruption. And they might not survive the fall.

This is the "lost" sequel to Ron's award-wnning 1999 mystery THE DEADLINE and is released as an exclusive to Amazon Kindle readers!

"Ron Franscell's THE OBITUARY is gorgeously written, complex and satisfying — a damn near perfect mystery."

— JOHN LESCROART
Bestselling author




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ANGEL FIRE

Available as a Kindle and Nook e-book! Click here!

A stunning literary debut listed by the San Francisco Chronicle among the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century West (No. 74)

A modern classic that continues to gather a loyal readership, ANGEL FIRE is a haunting tale of two brothers on separate odysseys of self-discovery. Twenty-four years after war correspondent Daniel McLeod is killed in a Viet Cong ambush, his only brother Cassidy is mysteriously drawn to their Wyoming hometown, where he must confront a lifetime of his own ghosts. Their story is about how we seek equilibrium, a delicate balance between memory and the unknown, dislocation and homecoming, loss and restoration.

Set against the deceptive simplicity of a small town on the high plains, Angel Fire is a story of mythic proportions. It resonates with the rhythms of tales told for millennia, but they are written anew here, fresh as a Wyoming summer breeze. It resonates with the rhythms of a small town, the blessings of memory, and the pain of loss.

"Reminiscent of Charles Frazier's 'Cold Mountain' ... (Franscell's) themes involve a fresh approach to our rural roots as a font for the elusive American spirit."

— USA Today




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THE DEADLINE

(1999, Write Way Publishing, Hardcover, 308 pages, $24.95)

Named One of the Top 25 Best Crime Fictions of 1999
POISONED PEN

Former Chicago Tribune crime reporter Jefferson Morgan is living his life-long dream of running a weekly newspaper, The Winchester Bullet, in the Wyoming town where he grew up. But when an infamous child-murderer comes home to die and begs Morgan to help clear his name, the dream becomes a nightmare. Under the gravest deadline of his life, amid an extraordinary backlash from his neighbors, readers and advertisers, Morgan struggles with his own conscience to tell a story no matter the consequences, digging deep into the town's past, and revealing a killer who's hidden himself for almost 50 years.

"Ron Franscell has undeniably hit his mark. His masterful storytelling strikes hard at the heart. It leaves his readers stunned one moment, and tenderly moved the next."

—The Denver Post




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