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CYNTHIA LEAL MASSEY. Death of a Texas Ranger, A True Story of Murder and Vengeance on the Texas Frontier

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CYNTHIA LEAL MASSEY. Death of a Texas Ranger, A True Story of Murder and Vengeance on the Texas Frontier. Globe Pequot Press. 208 pages; paperback $16.95, globepequot.com.

Death of a Texas Ranger is the thrilling, action-packed story of the 1873 murder of Texas Ranger John Green by Cesario Menchaca, one of three Rangers of Mexican descent under Green’s command. After the murder, word immediately spread that the killing may have been the botched outcome of a contract taken out on Menchaca’s life by the notorious Gabriel Marnoch, a local naturalist who had run up against the law himself. But was it?