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The Devil's Odds

A Mystery

Milton T. Burton

Minotaur Books

A rip-roaring mystery set in 1940s Texas, featuring a Texas Ranger and the New Orleans Mafia.
 
December, 1942. Texas Ranger Virgil Tucker receives a plea for protection from Madeline Kimbell, a terrified young woman who witnessed a crime. Keeping Madeline safe from the men who want to hurt her turns out to be harder than he imagined. When a prominent attorney is murdered, Virgil is drawn into the dangerous world of the New Orleans Mafia as the top mob bosses try to take over  alveston’s gambling empire. Chockfull of Southern charm, this book is perfect for fans of historical
mysteries and for anyone who loves Texas.

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CHAPTER ONE
 

It was a little after six in the evening when I spotted the girl I was supposed to meet. It was December 10, 1942, and she was sitting alone in the Longhorn Barroom of the Weilbach hotel in San Gabriel, Texas. She was installed at a table in the far corner of the room, dressed in a navy blue suit with one of those sailor’s collars that were popular that year. Petite and small boned, she had dark auburn hair, china blue eyes, and a splash of rust-colored freckles dotted across a delicately sculptured nose. I also noted that she was blessed with everything a woman’s
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Praise for The Devil's Odds

Praise for Nights of the Red Moon:

“A lively and well-crafted plot...It made me glad to return to East Texas.”—Patrick Anderson, The Washington Post

“Burton’s rip-snorting third mystery will appeal to fans of Bill Crider, Ben Rehder, and Kinky Friedman.”—Publishers Weekly (starred)

“Burton takes a sure hand to the small-town politics, paperwork hassles and easy authority of an East Texas lawman’s life.”—Houston Chronicle

“An outstanding example of Texas noir.”—Gumshoe Review
“A tasty slice of local pie.”—The Austin American-Statesman

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Milton T. Burton

  • MILTON T. BURTON was born in Jacksonville, Texas, and is a lifelong resident of the area. He has been variously a cattleman, a political consultant, and a college history teacher. He lives in Tyler, Texas.

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    A Mystery

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