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BOB ALEXANDER. Riding Lucifer’s Line: Ranger Deaths along the Texas-Mexico Border

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BOB ALEXANDER. Riding Lucifer’s Line: Ranger Deaths along the Texas-Mexico Border. University of North Texas Press. Hardcover, 464 pages, $29.95, www.untpress.unt.edu.

Borders have always been dangerous, but maybe never one so much as the Texas-Mexico border. This fluctuating border has been the scene of many skirmishes, fights and battles. This book covers the time of the Texas Rangers, a short but violent period: from 1875 at the inception of the Frontier Battalion and Special Forces, to 1921.

Bob Alexander has done an excellent job at depicting the lives and deaths of 21 Texas Rangers along Lucifer’s Line, the well-earned nickname for the Texas-Mexico border.  More interesting than the manner and reasons of each man’s death, are the thoroughly detailed lives of those Rangers before they met their fate. That is where this book is a triumph, and a must read, for anyone interested in the Texas Rangers.