In Bullet for a Ranger, the latest vel in the Texas Ranger Jim Blawcyzk series, Jim is locked in a jail cell in the town of Quitaque, accused of murdering a saloon woman while in a drunken rage. Even though the idea of the happily married, loyal family man, n-drinking and church-going Blawcyzk being involved with a saloon entertainer, then killing her, is extremely far-fetched, the evidence against the Ranger Lieutenant is so strong even he has to admit he stands a good chance of being convicted. Worse, Jim has recollection of the night or the events in question. His only sure ally is the priest from the local Catholic mission, and even the good padre has his doubts about Blawcyzk's incence. Hoped-for help from one of his fellow Rangers has failed to materialize, and the date for Blawcyzk's trial is fast approaching. Somehow, Jim must figure out who is really the woman's killer, or face a quick hanging. Solving the mystery from his cell is proving to be an almost insurmountable task.
James J. Griffin, while a native New Englander, has been a student of the frontier West, and particularly the Texas Rangers, from a very young age. He has travelled extensively throughout the western United States and Canada, and has visited many of the famous Western frontier towns, such as Tombstone, Pecos, Deadwood, Cheyenne, and numerous others. Jim's deep interest in the Texas Rangers has led him to become an amateur historian of that famous law enforcement organization. He has amassed an extensive collection of Texas Ranger artifacts, which is now housed in the permanent collections of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco. Jim has been an avid horseman all his life. He bought his first horse, a pinto, when he was a junior in college, and has owned several American Paint Horses. He is a member of the Connecticut Horse Council Volunteer Horse Patrol. With the success of his first book, Trouble Rides the Texas Pacific, published in 2005, Jim was encouraged to continue his writing. When not travelling out West, Jim divides his time between Branford, Connecticut and Keene, New Hampshire