Texas has always staked a large claim on the nation's imagination, and its mystery literature is no exception. Hundreds of crime novels are set within the state, most of which have been published in the last twenty years. From the highest point atop the Guadalupe Mountains in West Texas to the Piney Woods of East Texas, from the High Plains of the Panhandle to the subtropical climate of the lower Rio Grande Valley, mystery writers have covered every aspect of Texas's extraordinarily diverse geography.
The first book to emphasize the wealth of Texas's mystery writers and the images they convey of the state's wide range of regions and cultures, Lone Star Sleuths is a noteworthy introduction not only to the literary genre but also to a sense of Texas as a place in fiction. Celebrating a genre that has expanded to include women and an increasing diversity of cultures, the book features selections from the works of such luminaries as Kinky Friedman and Mary Willis Walker, lesser-known stars in the making, and even some outsiders like Nevada Barr and Carolyn Hart who have succumbed to the allure of the state's weather, geography, and colorful history.
Lone Star Sleuths captures the sense of place that distinguishes much of the great literature set in Texas, and is a must-read for mystery lovers.
Bill Cunningham is a San Marcos, Texas, public relations consultant and former Chairman of the Texas State University System Board of Regents.
Steven L. Davis is the Assistant Curator of the Southwestern Writers Collection Texas State University-San Marcos.
Rollo K. Newsom is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Folklore Emeritus at Texas State University-San Marcos.
Part 1: El Paso and West Texas
Nevada Barr, Track of the Cat
Jim Sanderson, Camino del Rio
Nancy Herndon, Time Bombs
James Crumley, Bordersnakes
Allana Martin, Death of a Healing Woman
Jim Thompson, The Killer Inside Me
Part 2: Austin and the Hill Country
Steven Saylor, A Twist at the End
Jesse Sublett, The Rock Critic Murders
Ben Rehder, Buck Fever
Susan Wittig Albert, Rosemary Remembered
Kinky Friedman, Armadillos and Old Lace
Part 3: Houston and the Gulf Coast
David L. Lindsey, Heat from Another Sun
Neal Barrett, Jr., Interstate Dreams
Ken Grissom, Drowned Man's Key
Gaylord Dold, Bay of Sorrows
Part 4: Dallas, Fort Worth, and the Panhandle
Doug J. Swanson, Umbrella Man
A. W. Gray, Prime Suspect
D. R. Meredith, The Sheriff and the Panhandle Murders
Part 5: East Texas
Joe R. Lansdale, The Two-Bear Mambo
Walter Mosley, Gone Fishin'
Susan Rogers Cooper, Funny as a Dead Relative
Part 6: San Antonio and South Texas
Carolyn Hart, Death on the River Walk
Rick Riordan, The Last King of Texas
J. S. Borthwick, The Case of the Hook-billed Kites
Rolando Hinojosa, Partners in Crime
Part 7: Small Town Texas
Bill Crider, Winning Can Be Murder
Paula Boyd, Hot Enough to Kill
Jeff Abbott, Do Unto Others
Clay Reynolds, Agatite
Part 8: End of the Road
Mary Willis Walker, The Red Scream
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