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Ghosts of the Green Swamp: A Cracker Western: Gramling, Lee Ghosts of the Green Swamp: A Cracker Western: Gramling, Lee

Ghosts of the Green Swamp: A Cracker Western

Gramling, Lee

ISBN 10: 1561641200 / ISBN 13: 9781561641208
Published by Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL, 1996
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First printing. Cover art by Regina Stahl Briskey. 295 pages. Map of Central Florida, 1877. ~ Book is clean tight, appears unread, a small red dot on top of the text block, perhaps a remainderr mark. Dust jacket is crisp, no edge wear, with some color fading on the front cover. Now protected in a clear archival cover. ~~ Gramling is a sixth-generation Floridian and admirer of Louis L'Amour. This is his fourth novel in Pineapple Press's "Cracker Western" genre, featuring the pioneering inhabitants of frontier Florida. Good guys and bad guys, strong women, horses, cattle, and gunfighting, and more can all be found against the backdrop of the swampy wilderness of early Florida. ~ In this story, Tate Barkley is robbed and left for dead by two henchmen of a beautiful but cold-hearted woman. He recovers and meets up with a quirky traveling "elixir" salesman, and the two go in search of the attackers into the heart of the Green Swamp. There they encounter the evil doings of the ne'er-do-wells who are behind the local legends of ghosts and witches, and eventually have a showdown. An action-packed frontier Florida-style tale. ~ At the back of the book there is a "Historical Notes" section where several Cracker terms and features of early Florida are explained. First edition hardcovers of this title or any of Gramling's Cracker westerns are quite uncommon, especially in such nice condition. Bookseller Inventory # 001435

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Title: Ghosts of the Green Swamp: A Cracker Western

Publisher: Pineapple Press, Sarasota, FL

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Cracker Westerns are rip-roarin, action-packed, can't-put-'em-down tales set in the frontier days of Florida. They are full of adventure, real heroes, and vivid, authentic details that bring Florida's history to life.

It's 1877 and Tate on his faithful Ole Roan sets out into the vast and ominous swampland west of Orlando. He doesn't get far before he's waylaid and left for dead by some henchmen sent by the ruthless and mysterious Mr. Ravenant. But then Tate meets up with the odd and ornery little bald “perfessor" named Monk, who sells elixirs from his odd contraption of a wagon, which features a rattling, banging collection of pans and kettles as well as “music" from a mechanical box with pipes, drums, chimes and a banjo. Tate and Monk—and an odd assortment of other characters—follow a trail that draws them ever deeper into that vast forbidding swampland near the headwaters of the Withlacoochee River. Can there be any truth to the local legends of "haints" and witches who roam the swamp's dark vastness? Or of travelers and settlers who disappear without a trace, imprisoned by some evil force? This Cracker Western will have your spine tingling as it races on to the all-out showdown at the end.

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Lee Gramling is a sixth-generation Floridian who lives in Gainesville. He is an admirer of the late Louis L'Amour and was inspired by the tales of the Florida frontier he heard from his grandparents. Born in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Jon Wilson has lived in Florida since 1956. Beginning in 1971, he was a reporter, editor, and editorial writer for the St. Petersburg Times. He won various national and state newspaper awards for his writing and is the author of “Days of Fear: A Lynching in St. Petersburg,” published in Tampa Bay History.

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