Over the years, Ron Franscell's books have earned high praise from bestselling authors such as Ann Rule, John Lescroart, Vincent Bugliosi, C.J. Box, Howard Frank Mosher, and Warren Adler. His writing has been compared to Truman Capote, Robert Olen Butler, Norman McLean, Cormac McCarthy and Charles Frazier. Now, meet the author.
His book reviews and essays have been widely published in many of America's biggest and best newspapers, such as the Washington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Denver Post, San Jose Mercury-News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel and others. He has been a guest on CNN, Fox News, NPR, the Today Show, ABC News, and other major broadcast outlets all over America. And he appears regularly on crime documentaries at Investigation Discovery, History Channel, and A&E.
His debut novel, ANGEL FIRE, was published by Laughing Owl in 1998, and reprinted by Berkley (Penguin/Putnam) in 2000. Three years later, the San Francisco Chronicle listed it among the 100 Best Novels of the 20th Century West (actually, No. 74).
It was followed by his popular mystery, THE DEADLINE, was published in 1999, followed by a sequel, THE OBITUARY.
Then came THE DARKEST NIGHT, an intensely personal nonfiction about a monstrous crime that touched his life as a child has been hailed by authors such as Ann Rule and Vincent Bugliosi, as well as critics, as a direct literary descendant of Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood." It continues to be a national bestsellers many years after it was published.
DELIVERED FROM EVIL (2011) explores the entangled lives of mass-murderers and their victims, tracing the lives of 10 ordinary people who survived some of America's worst massacres. Auspiciously, it debuted on the day a deranged young gunman killed six and wounded 13 at a Tucson supermarket in one of the most shocking crimes of our day.
THE CRIME BUFF'S GUIDEs are quirky travel guides taking true-crime and history travelers to significant crime-related sites all over America. The series started with THE CRIME BUFF'S GUIDE TO OUTLAW TEXAS (2010). Then came OUTLAW ROCKIES (2011), OUTLAW WASHINGTON DC (2012), and OUTLAW PENNSYLVANIA (2013). OUTLAW NEW MEXICO andOUTLAW ARIZONA will be released in Summer 2014.
Ron departed briefly from true crime in 2012. THE SOURTOE COCKTAIL CLUB is an intimate account of Ron's extraordinary road trip to the Yukon with his son, where they drank a cocktail containing a mummified human toe and spent the longest day of the year under an Arctic sun that never set. Magical. But it's also an intimate exploration of what it means to be a father and a son. Praised by legendary authors such as W.P. Kinsella, Ivan Doig, William Least Heat Moon and others, SOURTOE moves road memoirs a little farther on their journey.
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