Local Author John Layne Signs His Western, "The Gunslinger"


Come and meet the author of the popular Western "The Gunslingers" by John Layne. 

Main character Joel Thornton is a retired US deputy marshal living a quiet rancher's life outside the Texas town named in his honor. Days after welcoming his daughter, Elizabeth, home after 7 years back east in Philadelphia, an old fugitive attacks the Tilted-T Ranch seeking revenge and Thornton's cattle. Wounded in the ensuing gunfight, Thornton calls upon his daughter to find his old partner, former US Deputy Marshal Ben Chance, informing her, "Chance will know what to do."

The young woman's journey leads her on an adventure that exposes her to the dangers of the Old West, including an Indian attack on her stagecoach. A mysterious gunslinger emerges from the hills and saves the coach. Enchanted by Elizabeth and her quest, the gunslinger joins her in the search for her father's former partner. Unbeknownst to them, Marshal Chance has been wounded in a gunfight, but has been saved by a young brash gunslinger on a secret mission of his own.

Together, the two young gunslingers join the aged former Marshal Chance in the hunt for the outlaws who shot Elizabeth's father and stole his herd.

Author John Layne is a long-time veteran of law enforcement who began his police career with the Houston Police Department in 1981. He has held numerous positions over the years, including 24 years as a detective. He is currently a senior detective for a state-wide law enforcement agency in North Texas. ​His writing career began in the sports industry, where he wrote articles for national magazines and online publications. He was also sports editor for 2 years, writing about professional, collegiate, and amateur athletics. ​

John grew up watching western movies and reading stories of the Old West. His passion for history and the classic western genre moved him to write short stories on the Old West, as well as his first novel, "The Gunslingers," which is a classic western set in 1877 Texas.​


Event date: 

Saturday, March 21, 2020 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm

Event address: 

113 E. Bridge Street
Granbury, TX 76048
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ISBN: 9781645310792
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Published: Newman Springs Publishing, Inc. - July 8th, 2019