The Devil's Odds by Milton T. Burton
A Mystery

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A rip-roaring mystery set in 1940s Texas, featuring a Texas Ranger and the New Orleans Mafia.  December, 1942. Texas Ranger Virgil Tucker receives a plea for protection from Madeline Kimbell, a terrified young woman who witnessed a crime. Keeping Madeline safe from the men who want to hurt her turns out to be harder than he imagined. When a prominent attorney is murdered, Virgil is drawn into the dangerous world of the New Orleans Mafia as the top mob bosses try to take over  alveston’s gambling empire. Chockfull of Southern charm, this book is perfect for fans of historical
mysteries and for anyone who loves Texas.
 

About Milton T. Burton

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MILTON T. BURTON was variously a cattleman, a political consultant, and a college history teacher. He is the author of The Rogues' Game, The Sweet and the Dead, Nights of the Red Moon, and The Devil's Odds, all of which were published by Minotaur Books. He lived in Tyler, Texas, prior to his death in late 2011.
 
Published February 28, 2012 by Minotaur Books. 272 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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As a favor to a friend, young Virgil, on whom friendship confers compulsory obligations, is about to offer her his protection, even though he has no idea what he’s supposed to protect her from.

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The Wild West lives in this exciting stand-alone set in early 1940s Texas from Burton (Night of the Red Moon). Virgil Tucker, who’s about to resign from the Texas Rangers and take over his family’s ca

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Virgil Tucker, who’s about to resign from the Texas Rangers and take over his family’s cattle ranch, agrees to help protect a young woman, Madeline Kimbell, who witnessed a murder and is on the run from the killers and a crooked deputy sheriff.

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Keeping her safe should be easy for Virgil, but he soon finds out that the guys who are after her are some of the most dangerous men in Texas.

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I’m not sure that I agree with his methods, but the bad guys are so bad that it really didn’t bother me all that much—and Virgil has plenty of virtuous traits to make up for it.

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