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:: Texas Confidential: Sex, Scandal, Murder, and Mayhem in the Lone Star State
Texas Confidential: Sex, Scandal, Murder, and Mayhem in the Lone Star State
he latest installment in the Confidential series,
pokes at the seamy underbelly of the Lone Star State, where folks do everything—including sex, scandal, murder, and mayhem—in a BIG way. Author Michael J. Varhola, author of Clerisy’s
, rounds up more than 40 Texas tales—from the rogues who defended the Alamo to the rogues who brought down Enron.
Along the way, readers learn the sordid details of sex—from Miss Hattie’s Bordello in West Texas (now a museum!) to “Charlie Wilson’s Whore”; scandal—from corrupt governors “Ma” and “Pa” Ferguson to corrupt politicians Lyndon Johnson and Tom DeLay, to the nefarious “Duke of Duval County”; murder—from Bonnie and Clyde to the Kennedy Assassination to the over-zealous cheerleader mom and the Texas Chainsaw Massacre; and mayhem—from the crash of a UFO in 1897 in the little town of Aurora to Nazi war criminals hiding in El Paso (while working for the local government) to David Koresh and his ill-fated Branch Dividian cult.
Packed with pictures and loaded with sidebars,
is informative, irreverent, and enormously entertaining. Varhola leaves no sacred cow untipped. As he wends his way through Texas history, he explores—with a gimlet eye and a pinched nose—many of its less glorious moments and explodes a few myths for good measure.
Like all the books in the series,
is all in good fun, if not in good taste
About Michael O. Varhola
Michael O. Varhola is a writer who has authored or co-authored 34 books and games — including
Ghosthunting San Antonio, Austin, and Texas Hill Country
, the swords-and-sorcery novel
Swords of Kos: Necropolis
, and two fantasy writers guides — and who has published more than 120 games and related publications. He is the founder of game company
Skirmisher Publishing LLC
, editor-in-chief of
d-Infinity game magazine
, and editor of the
America's Haunted Road Trip
series of travel guides. He has edited, published, or written for numerous publications, including
The New York Times
, is a combat veteran who served eight years in the U.S. Army, and lives in the Hill Country north of San Antonio, Texas. He also has an active online presence, notably through
and a variety of other blogs, forums, and sites.
Michael O. Varhola
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