OUTLAW ARIZONA continues the popular series that critics, true-crime fans, historians and travelers have hailed as “the ultimate guilty pleasure,” “thorough and unflinching,” and “the best damn crime travel series ever published!” This rollicking romp across the historic Arizona crimescape promises all the can’t-look-away allure of its predecessors … and a few surprises! This is a trip to the Grand Canyon State’s darker side, where seemingly idyllic places reveal secrets: the compound of a child-molesting polygamist, the scene of a 19th century mass murder, the spot where John Dillinger was arrested for the last time, the scene of Billy the Kid’s first killing, and many more. With photographs, maps, directions, and precise GPS coordinates, this collection of outlaw tales is both a travel guide and an entertaining and enlightening read.
Praise for CRIME BUFF’S GUIDES
“It’s a breezy, guilty-pleasure read—perfect for summer vacations because you can put it down and pick it up without losing your place (but you won’t want to put it down). For those of us who seek true-crime stories, it’s a fascinating look at the dark side of [Arizona].” —Tucson (AZ) Sentinel
“Well researched … Armchair detectives will enjoy the entertaining tales, but the book’s purpose is to take the readers to the scene of the crime.” — Albuquerque (NM) Journal
“The ultimate guilty pleasure book.” —SAN ANTONIO (TX) EXPRESS-NEWS
“Little-known details peppered throughout the book are what readers of true crime long for. Now, tourists and adventurers alike can also take this new brand of D.C. tour. Whatever their interests, they’re in for a real treat — and they’re bound to learn something new.” — Publishers Marketplace
“The Crime Buff’s Guide to The Outlaw Rockies is a fascinating and macabre tour of crime locations and criminal acts where the body count is as high as the altitude. Readers will be reminded that the Wild West was really wild — and that it still is. Ron Franscell is a thorough and unflinching guide. This book is hard to put down and voyeurs with GPS units should be both thrilled … and weirded out at times.” — C.J. BOX, New York Times bestselling author of COLD WIND and BACK OF BEYOND
“Ron Franscell knows where the bodies are buried!” — BUFFALO (WY) BULLETIN
“As a crime writer, Ron Franscell knows the feeling well … to understand a crime, you have to do more than just read about it in a book or hear about it in a history class. You have to go there.” — AURORA (CO) SENTINEL
“One of the best true crime writers going today, Ron Franscell has provided in OUTLAW ROCKIES a fascinating guide to help true crime buffs locate the crime scenes that made the Old Wild West wild, as well as those of the most notorious of modern day homicides. In a lengthy series of well-written ‘mini-stories’ that also provides the GPS coordinates and addresses, OUTLAW ROCKIES takes the adventurous reader on a historical tour from the haunts of Butch Cassidy and the Wild Bunch to the Denver home of a radio shock jock gunned down by white supremacists. I can imagine legions of true crime fans with Franscell’s book in hand standing in these places, contemplating in real life what the characters of history saw and experienced.” — STEVE JACKSON, bestselling author of MONSTER
“Truly orginal in style by combining short stories for crime lovers with a easy-to-follow travel guide, Ron Franscell’s [CRIME BUFF’S GUIDE] books just can’t be topped.” — TrueCrimeBookReviews.com
“Imagine a place bound by isolation, where an unforgiving landscape surrounds you at all points of the compass, and sometimes the only thing between you and death is how fast you can draw your gun. Imagine that, and you’ve got a picture of what life may have been like in the Old West that Ron Franscell chronicles in OUTLAW ROCKIES.” — Craig (CO) Daily Press
OUTLAW ARIZONA now only appears with OUTLAW NEW MEXICO in a boxed set titled THE CRIME BUFF’S GUIDE TO THE OUTLAW SOUTHWEST.