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Frontier Justice: Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal

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In 1875, Indian Territory, in what is now the state of Oklahoma, was a haven for thieves, swindlers, and murderers, all trying to escape the reach of the law. When President U.S. Grant appointed Judge Isaac Parker judge of the Western District of Arkansas, which included the territory, Parker was intent upon bringing fugitives to justice. He authorized U.S. Marshal James ...more
Kindle Edition, 186 pages
Published February 1st 2014 by Uhuru Press (first published August 25th 2010)
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Richard Bunning
This book is typical of Ray's easy to read journalistic style. Writing is never effortless, though Ray leaves one feeling that it comes to him nearly as easily as breathing. This historical fiction about the legendary Deputy U.S. Marshall Bass Reeves is a delight, though I would have liked to have had more of the same to read. That we don't is no doubt simply because Ray has no wish to stray far from the factual history. The conversations created to put the bones on the known story ring so true ...more
C.S. Lane
Oct 03, 2016 C.S. Lane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Murder Mystery!

Deadly Dose by Charles Ray, is a murder mystery series that I just randomly picked one of the many books in the series to try out. I was immediately hooked. The author develops the main character, Al Pennyback, so well that the reader is immediately invested in his story.

Without giving out any spoilers, I can and will say that there is more to the story then the obvious-the solving of the murder. I haven't read the murder mystery genre for quite a while, but the author rem
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Lynne Cantwell
Mar 07, 2015 Lynne Cantwell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery

Al Pennyback is an interesting character. He's a former Army guy -- Special Forces, not that he divulges that bit of information willingly -- who loves to solve puzzles, particularly puzzles that involve people. He has a smokin' hot girlfriend named Sandra, and a good friend named Quincy whose Washington, D.C., law firm keeps him on a $10,000-per-month retainer to solve puzzles for them. Al, you see, is a private detective.

In this outing, Al and Sandra have been invited to Quincy's retreat for t
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Mirella
Mar 07, 2015 Mirella rated it really liked it
If you like wild west stories with strong, but silent, courageous gunslinging heroes, then this historical biography is definitely the book for you. Bass Reeves is a black man, a farmer/rancer toiling hard to provide for his growing family. When he is offered a job as a Deputy U.S. Marshal and asked to hunt down wanted criminals, he is persuaded to give it a try. Not only does he quietly go about his task, but he captures every fugitive on his list without any loss of life. He is such a quick ...more
Lynette Hoy
Mar 07, 2015 Lynette Hoy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like a book that moves in real time, with great character building throughout. Charles Ray captured Joe Friday of Dragnet in a different time, different place. And although Al Pennyback is not a police officer, I could just see him taking the reader through the story like a "Joe Friday" of sorts. I think it drives a reader forward, if they get to know the protagonist right away, and like him/her. In this case, Al could not be more likable. I felt like I was solving the murder case with him, ...more
Elaine
Residents at a care facility are questioning the untimely death of an otherwise very healthy person and Private Investigator Al Pennyback is called in by her concerned friends to investigate. Since the body has been cremated, Pennyback looks at motive, history, opportunity, and means to discover whether foul play was involved.

The author manages to accomplish a lot in a mystery that is just right in length while maintaining the reader’s interest pretty much throughout.

This one seemed more of a co
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Vickilynn
Jan 20, 2016 Vickilynn rated it really liked it
Great read

Enjoyed this book. I would have liked to have known Bass Reeves. A man of his ethics, morals, ability to learn 5 Indian languages is much to admire. The fact that Bass Reeves was black and believed in himself is amazing.
Thank you,Bass Reeves, for helping to tame the west.
James Sewell
Good...not great!

It was an ok book! Very easy read. A good hammock book.
Plot very simplistic, but suits the writing
Thanks!
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I've been writing since my teens. In addition to writing for several newspapers and magazines in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa, I've written two books on leadership and a number of fiction works. I'm also a published poet, photographer, and artist. I write in several genres, reflecting my broad reading tastes. I spent 20 years in the army, retiring in 1982 and becoming a diplomat. I've worked ...more
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