Novels & short stories

King of Diamonds

Jan 20, 2013 By Jordan Mackay

Larry L. King is at work on a novel about minor league baseball in Texas in the fifties. Breaking Balls is a fictionalized account of his experiences covering the “miserable 144-game schedule” of the Midland Indians as a $55-a-week reporter for the Midland Reporter-Telegram in 1951. “I went to all…

Teen Idol

Apr 1, 1997 By Jason Cohen

The career of Austin young-adult writer Rob Thomas is going through a growth spurt.

CD and Book Reviews

Apr 1, 1997 By Texas Monthly

Hot CDs Sing, Cowboy, Sing: The Gene Autry Collection (Rhino) is a three-CD set featuring 84 favorites by the singing cowboy from Tioga. But these aren’t always the best-known versions; many are previously unreleased transcriptions from his Melody Ranch radio show that measure up well and thus add to the…

Let Them Read Shrake

Apr 1, 1997 By Jordan Mackay

It would be wrong to say that Bud Shrake has finished writing one third of a new novel; it’s actually an old novel, one he has been writing off and on for the past fifteen years. “It’s about love, violence, sex, and murder,” the 65-year-old Austinite explains, and is set…


Dec 1, 1996 By Mimi Swartz

The latest star pupil of the so-called Houston school.

CD and Book Reviews

Nov 1, 1996 By Evan Smith

Hot CDs Two years after their wildly successful debut, Elida y Avante bounce back from label troubles with Algo Entero (Tejas). For my money, Mercedes-born Elida Reyna is tejano’s next female superstar. Her husky, throbbing voice is mature well beyond her 24 years—she has the archetypal blend of innocence and…

Grander Tour

May 31, 1996 By Texas Monthly

The Hill Country is in—but what’s in the Hill Country? Plus: Texas’ top drug lawyer in the court of public opinion.

The Good Old Boy

Dec 1, 1995 By Anne Dingus

After four decades of writing classic Texas novels, there’s no denying that San Angelo’s Elmer Kelton has earned his Spurs.

Walker, Texas Writer

Sep 30, 1995 By Anne Dingus

Mary Willis Walker’s mysteries aren’t exactly original, but she crafts real moments of tension. That’s why they sell so well and win so many awards.

Basking in It

Aug 31, 1995 By Jan Reid

If the literary novel is dead, then why is Baskerville Publishers in Dallas flourishing?

Ghost Story

Aug 31, 1995 By Tex W. Dixon

When you read a Hardy Boys novel, the mystery isn’t who done it, but who wrote it.