Ralph Cotton (Photo Credit: Michael D. Bates)
Ralph W. Cotton is an American author of western novels. He writes the Jeston Nash, Ranger Sam Burrack and Gunman’s Reputation series. Cotton started writing early on in elementary school, using it as an escape from the school work he wasn’t good at. Prior to becoming a novelist, he worked as a second mate on a commercial barge, a teamster, a Lutheran lay minister and an iron worker. When not writing, Ralph enjoys painting, sailing, photography and playing guitar. He lives in Hernando County, Florida with his wife Mary Lynn.

Ralph Cotton became a published author in 1994 with the novel While Angels Dance. The novel was a candidate for the Pulitzer Prize of that year. Below is a list of Ralph Cotton’s books in order of when they were originally published:

Publication Order of Jeston Nash Books


While Angels Dance(1994) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Powder River(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Price of a Horse(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cost of a Killing(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killers of Man(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trick of the Trade(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Ranger Sam Burrack Books


Montana Red(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Badlands(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Justice(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Border Dogs(1999) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Misery Express(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Rock(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jurisdiction(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Vengeance is a Bullet(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sabre's Edge(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hell's Riders(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Showdown at Rio Sagrado(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dean Man's Canyon(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killing Plain(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Mesa(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trouble Creek(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gunfight at Cold Devil(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Guns on the Border(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Killing Texas Bob(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Nightfall at Little Aces(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ambush at Shadow Valley(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Showdown at Hole-in-the-Wall(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Riders From Long Pines(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Hanging in Wild Wind(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Valley Riders(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lawman From Nogales(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Wildfire(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lookout Hill(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Valley of the Gun(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
High Wild Desert(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Red Moon(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Lawless Trail(2013) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Twisted Hills(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shadow River(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Golden Riders(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mesa Grande(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Scalpers(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Showdown at Gun Hill(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Payback at Big Silver(2015) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Danny Duggin Books


The Shadow of a Noose(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Riders of a Judgment(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Along the Cimarron(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Dead Or Alive Trilogy Books


Hangman's Choice(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Devil's Due(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Money(2002) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Gunman’s Reputation Books


Gunman's Song(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Between Hell and Texas(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Law in Somos Santos(2005) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bad Day at Willow Creek(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fast Guns Out of Texas(2007) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ride to Hell's Gate(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gunmen of the Desert Sands(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crossing Fire River(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Escape From Fire River(2009) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gun Country(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
City of Bad Men(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Sherman Dahl Books


Fighting Men(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Gun Law(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Will Summers Books


Summers' Horses(2011) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Incident at Gunn Point(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dark Horses(2014) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels


Webb's Posse(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Jackpot Ridge(2003) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Guns of Wolf Valley(2004) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood Lands(2006) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Midnight Rider(2012) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Misery Express was later re-published as Blue Star Tattoo. Vengeance is a Bullet was re-published as Vengeance. The Danny Duggin series was ghostwritten for Ralph Compton.

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Ralph Cotton Synopsis: In Jackpot Ridge by Ralph Cotton, Jack Bell is such a good gambler that Early Philpot wants him dead. The only problem for Early is that Jack is at home out in the mountains – much moreso than any of Early’s posse members. And he’s willing to prove it.

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