Ralph Compton





Ralph Compton

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born
in St. Clair County, Alabama, The United States
April 11, 1934

died
September 16, 1998

gender
male

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About this author

Ralph Compton (April 11, 1934—September 16, 1998) was an American writer of western fiction.

A native of St. Clair County, Alabama, Compton began his writing career with a notable work, The Goodnight Trail, which was chosen as a finalist for the Western Writers of America "Medicine Pipe Bearer Award" bestowed upon the "Best Debut Novel". He was also the author of the Sundown Rider series and the Border Empire series. In the last decade of his life, he authored more than two dozen novels, some of which made it onto the USA Today bestseller list for fiction.

Ralph Compton died in Nashville, Tennessee at the age of 64. Since his passing, Signet Books has continued the author's legacy, releasing new novels, written by authors such as Joseph A. We...more


Average rating: 3.84 · 1,902 ratings · 160 reviews · 133 distinct works · Similar authors
The Dawn of Fury (Trail of ...
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Death Rides a Chestnut Mare...
3.9 of 5 stars 3.90 avg rating — 110 ratings — published 1999 — 7 editions
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The Killing Season (Trail o...
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 99 ratings — published 1996 — 6 editions
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Autumn of the Gun (Trail of...
4.04 of 5 stars 4.04 avg rating — 98 ratings — published 1996 — 7 editions
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The Goodnight Trail (Trail ...
3.84 of 5 stars 3.84 avg rating — 92 ratings — published 1992 — 8 editions
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The Border Empire (Border E...
4.02 of 5 stars 4.02 avg rating — 66 ratings — published 1997 — 9 editions
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Six guns and Double Eagles ...
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 68 ratings — published 1998 — 5 editions
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The Western Trail (Trail Dr...
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 62 ratings — published 1992 — 8 editions
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Riders of Judgement (Danny ...
4.05 of 5 stars 4.05 avg rating — 58 ratings — published 2001 — 4 editions
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The Chisholm Trail (Trail D...
3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 64 ratings — published 1993 — 8 editions
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More books by Ralph Compton…
The Goodnight Trail The Western Trail The Chisholm Trail The Bandera Trail The California Trail The Shawnee Trail The Virginia City Trail
Trail Drive (25 books)
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North to the Bitterroot Across the Rio Colorado The Winchester Run Devil's Canyon Whiskey River Skeleton Lode Demon's Pass
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“A comfortable rut and a grave are very much alike. The only real difference is the dimensions.”
Ralph Compton, The Winchester Run

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