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Larry D. Sweazy Books In Order

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Publication Order of Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger Books

The Rattlesnake Season (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Scorpion Trail (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Badger's Revenge (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cougar's Prey (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Coyote Tracker (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Gila Wars (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Return of the Wolf (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Publication Order of Lucas Fume Books

Vengeance at Sundown (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Escape from Hangtown (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Marjorie Trumaine Mystery Books

See Also Murder (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
See Also Deception (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
See Also Proof (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sonny Burton Books

A Thousand Falling Crows (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Are the Last to Die (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winter Seeks Out the Lonely (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Trusty Dawson, U.S. Deputy Marshal Books

Lost Mountain Pass (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Broken Bow (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Devil's Bones (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where I Can See You (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Hallie Mae Edson, Indiana Ranger Books

The Buffalo Trace (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Traditional West(2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Indiana Crime 2012(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Westward Weird(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Beat to a Pulp: Round 2(2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Indy Writes Books(2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lone Star Lawless(2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spoilt Quilt and Other Frontier Stories(2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Perilous Frontier: A Quartet of Crime in the Old West(2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

Author Larry D. Sweazy was born in the year 1960 in the Anderson, Indiana area. While growing up, he watched a lot of westerns like “The Rifleman”, Bonanza, and “Wild, Wild West”. Other shows he enjoyed include “Baretta”, “Batman”, “Star Trek”, and quite a few cop shows from the seventies.

Larry began reading from an early age, and picked up whatever books were around the house. It didn’t matter if they were over his head or not. Movies, books, and television shows gave Larry an escape from every day life’s troubles. In his early twenties, he started to think he might be able to become a writer and tell stories.

He worked many different kinds of jobs; he managed a restaurant, served in the US Air Force, janitor, and insurance salesman. Before he worked in the publishing industry as a back-of-the-book indexer in the year 1998. It wasn’t until he was 49 that he published his first novel, which was called “The Rattlesnake Season”, and was released in the year 2009.

He won the WWA Spur Award for Best Paperback Original in the year 2013, and Best Short Fiction in the year 2005. Larry has also won Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction in the years 2011 and 2012.

Sweazy writes the “Marjorie Trumaine” series, the “Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger” series, and the “Lucas Fume Western” series. His work is from the genres of mystery, western, and historical mystery.

“See Also Murder” is the first novel in the “Marjorie Trumaine” series, which was released in the year 2015. In the year 1964, a gruesome murder is committed in the tiny town of Dickinson, North Dakota. Lida and Erik Knudsen are found killed in their beds, and their throats have been slit. Two sons, ages nineteen and twenty, named Jaeger and Peter, live in the same house, yet they claim they heard nothing while they slept in their rooms.

Sheriff Hilo Jenkins gets called to the crime scene, and finds an odd copper amulet in Erik’s hand. He knows his friend Marjorie Trumaine is a professional indexer and skilled researcher, and asks her to help investigate the potential meaning of the amulet with its strange markings.

Her search takes her to a college close by where she finds that Professor Phineas Strand used to have a similar amulet that was stolen. Professor Strand is later found killed in the same grisly fashion. Marjorie finds a link between both Peter and the professor.

The closer she gets to finding out the truth, Marjorie feels more and more threatened. As she knows the murderer is going to stop at nothing to keep his tracks covered.

This is an enjoyable read that makes you feel entirely immersed in what is happening. Marjorie is a tough woman, who stands up to the tough life she leads, and never lets life get her down. The mystery is well done and the entire book was well written. This is one book that will make you a fan of Larry D. Sweazy and go out in search of his other work.

“See Also Deception” is the second novel in the “Marjorie Trumaine” series, which was released in the year 2016. October of 1964. Months after Marjorie Trumaine helped with a murder case, she is faced with one more death that pulls her into another unwanted investigation. The local librarian, Calla Eltmore, is found deceased at work. Everybody thinks that it was suicide, but Marjorie is unable to think that Calla is capable of doing this.

Marjorie’s suspicions are aroused more when she picks up on something odd at Calla’s wake, but the cops are uninterested in these observations.

Despite the burden of caring for her husband in declining health and pressing job commitments, she sets out to find out the truth. She finds a maze of secrets, as well as some threats from somebody who is going to kill to keep these secrets hidden.

Larry D. Sweazy brings to life a bleak world, and makes you feel the atmosphere of North Dakota in 1964. Marjorie is a fantastic character, and many find themselves wanting her to be in many more books. The book has an excellent mystery in it, and the total solution comes together by the end of the novel nicely.

“See Also Proof” is the third novel in the “Marjorie Trumaine” series, which was released in the year 2018. Dickinson, North Dakota in the year 1965. it is a harsh winter and Marjorie is mourning the death of Hank, her husband, while she tries to finish a lengthy index. The bleak weather seems to make her grief that much worse, and then she finds out more bad news. A neighbor’s daughter, Tina (only fourteen years old and disabled) has just gone missing.

Marjorie feels that she has to do something to help the Rinkerman family, and she joins Sheriff Guy Reinhardt in the hunt for the missing girl. Quickly, the investigation is led to one shocking discovery and some further complications. Nils Jacobsen, grocery store manager, is found with a bullet in his head not far from the Rinkerman’s house.

Marjorie has a looming deadline for the book’s index, and is increasingly distracted by the disturbing events that surround the search to find Tina Rinkerman. Instead of remaining focused on her work, she follows up on leads that take her some five hours away to the Grafton State School. Up until recently, Tina was a resident there. The information she gathers raises up more questions, but still ties together the death of Nils Jacobsen as well as the girl’s vanishing.

During a treacherous drive back to Dickinson, she learns that there is somebody that does not want her to come back. She starts to fear the person who killed Nils is not going to hesitate in silencing her, now that is is aware of an old secret.

Marjorie is simply a stellar character in crime fiction. Larry writes some dark and gloomy mysteries, and is one of the masters of conjuring up an atmosphere in his work.

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