DANGEROUS DAN TUCKER
New Mexico’s Deadly Lawman
By Bob Alexander
200 pp., 6 x 9, HLBDANGEROUS (paper) $14.95
“Alexander generated a laudable study revealing the complexities and significance of an overlooked life, and of frontier law and order.” (Paula Mitchell Marks)
"Tucker was a better lawman, and more dangerous, than such redoubtable characters as Wyatt Earp and Wild Bill Hickok...” (Leon C. Metz)
Deputy Sheriff, Town Marshall, Deputy U.S. Marshall, Train Agent, Livestock Inspector, Dan Tucker was the quintessential lawman during the violent frontier period of southwest New Mexico. By his own deadpan account, he was "obliged to kill eight men" in Grant County alone -- not counting four other outlaws he personally dropped from the scaffold. Disinclined by nature to not back down from anyone, Tucker was involved in some one dozen shooting scrapes, was shot four times, and he arrested Russian Bill and Sandy King.
Yet "Dangerous Dan Tucker" is more than a gunman's story. Author Bob Alexander skillfully weaves in Tucker's nervy confrontations with criminals, with the quirky, everyday details of an underpaid lawman living on the edge. Prodigiously researched and documented, Alexander presents a significant Western character heretofore lost to history. His Dan Tucker is no Hollywood hero, but he is extremely competent and supremely dangerous -- if you're an outlaw.
About the Author: A retired Special Agent with the U.S. Treasury Department, and a former city detective, Bob Alexander is a thirty-five year law enforcement veteran. He currently teaches in the Criminal Justice program for Navarro College and is a Master certified Texas Peace Officer. Bob lives near Maypearl, Texas where he raises horses, and avidly pursues historic investigations into the escapades and exploits of Western frontier personalities.