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The Last Sheriff in Texas

A True Tale of Violence and the Vote

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November 13, 2018 | Paperback | 5.5 x 8.25, 272 pages | ISBN 9781640091269
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An Amazon Best History Book of the Month

The Last Sheriff in Texas would be an amazing allegory for our times, were it fiction. Instead it suggests cultural trenches that we view as new that were dug decades ago.” —Houston Chronicle

“Intensely researched, passionately written and dense with meaning, both for its examination of our history and its tacit meditation on what that means today . . . McCollom has earned his place in the canon with a tale that’s part true-crime, part sociological nonfiction, and part national epic.” —Texas Observer

A small-town election pits a violent if popular sheriff against those eager to see his iron rule end. The Last Sheriff in Texas is a riveting narrative about a landmark standoff between Old Texas Justice and a modern, more inclusive vision of the West.

JAMES McCOLLOM is the author of The Continental Affair: The Rise and Fall of the Continental Illinois Bank. A native son of Beeville, Texas, he worked as a banker and business executive in the Northeast before settling back in his hometown.

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An Amazon Best History Book of the Month

“[A] narrative with resonance well beyond seekers of Texas history. The Last Sheriff in Texas would be an amazing allegory for our times, were it fiction. Instead it suggests cultural trenches that we view as new that were dug decades ago.” —Houston Chronicle

“[I]ntensely researched, passionately written and dense with meaning, both for its examination of our history and its tacit meditation on what that means today. . . . As a story about violence, policing, elections and society, McCollom’s book is immediate. As a reflection on Texan myth and reality, it is timeless. . . . McCollom has earned his place in the canon with a tale that’s part true-crime, part sociological nonfiction, and part national epic.” —The Texas Observer

“[A] riveting story of a time when sheriffs could get away with murder.” —Dallas Morning News

“With a cover that’s half sepia and half the black-and-blue of storm clouds and bruises, the design of The Last Sheriff in Texas echoes McCollom’s style, a hybrid of old-timers sitting on the front porch telling tales and true crime. The book is consistently entertaining and a valuable chapter of South Texas history, the patron system of vote fraud (think box thirteen and LBJ), and the nascent struggle for Mexican American civil rights . . . McCollom skillfully conveys the personalities of his large cast of fascinating characters. He conjures a visceral sense of foreboding as the election approaches, and evokes the time and place with rich detail and personal experience . . . The Last Sheriff in Texas takes place in the middle of the last century and remains sadly relevant today.” —Lone Star Literary Life

“A true-crime story centering on a South Texas lawman who became a law unto himself . . . Of interest to students of Texas history as well as aspiring law enforcement officers, who should read it as an example of how not to conduct themselves.” —Kirkus Reviews

 

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