As many of you know, I was a big fan of Milton’s work. I am proud to say Down & Out Books published his short story collection called Texas Noir. Crimespree Magazine #46 includes a piece written by Scott Montgomery about Milton. It is ‘mighty fine’.
The following is a list of his books and where you may purchase them if so inclined.
1947. An enigmatic man driving a fine Lincoln convertible and accompanied by a beautiful blonde, comes to a small West Texas town. Ostensibly, his purpose is to get into a poker game that had been going at the infamous Weilbach Hotel. But as the story unfolds, it becomes apparent that he has a darker motive, one that centers on a sinister local banker named Clifton Robillard. Aided by an old-time hood named Chicken Little, the protagonist maneuvers Robillard toward a shattering climax in which we discover that nothing is what it seems to be.
With its wildcatting spirit, The Rogues’ Game is a high stakes novel and an exquisite quest for revenge.
Not currently available as an eBook.
Distilled in Texas and the Delta, a straight-no-chaser crime novel set around the legendary Dixie Mafia.
Manfred Eugene “Hog” Webern, a retired Dallas County deputy sheriff, is talked into going undercover in Biloxi, Mississippi, in a multistate effort to nail a group of traveling Southern criminals who have been tagged by the press with the lurid name “Dixie Mafia.” After making contact with the gang’s nominal leader, the notorious Jasper Sparks, Webern begins to worm his way into the group’s confidence. He also meets and becomes involved with an old friend of Sparks, the mysterious Nell Bigelow, a former assistant federal prosecutor whose daddy “owns half the Delta.”
Having gained the gang’s trust, Webern soon learns that the score being planned is the massive robbery of a wintering carnival of an entire year’s receipts. Joining in planning the job, he meets such well-known hijackers as Slops Moline, a Charleston, South Carolina, killer and armed robber; Lardass Collins, the country’s premier car thief; Tom-Tom Reed, one of the world’s most skilled safecrackers; and the infamous Raymond “Hardhead” Weller, an Alabama-born moonshiner who has pulled off more than two dozen high-profile contract killings in his seventy years.
As the story develops, Webern is drawn into a maelstrom of robbery, mayhem, and senseless violence that threatens to engulf his very being. And before the final curtain falls on The Sweet and the Dead, we learn that in the murky world of Southern professional crime, nothing is ever quite what it seems to be.
Small town, meet big crime.
It’s not hard for longtime Sheriff Bo Handel to keep Texas’ Caddo County in line. He handles petty crimes and rabble rousers, runs a competent police force and maintains a relationship with his steady girlfriend while keeping things quiet.
But when the local minister’s wife, Amanda Twiller, is murdered and dumped on the church’s front, Bo suddenly finds himself with his hands full. Unfortunately for Bo, finding Amanda’s killer won’t be as easy as rounding up the town’s usual suspects. He’ll have to get past sleazy attorneys and drug lords first. When he discovers that Amanda was not only addicted to narcotics but also having an affair with one of the roughest men in town, the lazy days of his past are a distant memory.
Soon, Bo realizes there are only so many cocaine kings and Mob bosses that one man can juggle. But the murderer is out there, and it’s up to Bo to find out who it is. This small town sheriff is used to a light workload. So what happens when heavy crime comes to town?
A rip-roaring mystery set in 1940s Texas, featuring a Texas Ranger and the New Orleans Mafia.
December, 1942. Texas Ranger Virgil Tucker receives a plea for protection from Madeline Kimbell, a terrified young woman who witnessed a crime. Keeping Madeline safe from the men who want to hurt her turns out to be harder than he imagined. When a prominent attorney is murdered, Virgil is drawn into the dangerous world of the New Orleans Mafia as the top mob bosses try to take over alveston’s gambling empire. Chockfull of Southern charm, this book is perfect for fans of historical mysteries and for anyone who loves Texas.
Milton T. Burton, acclaimed author of The Rogue’s Game, The Sweet and the Dead and most recently Nights of the Red Moon, has pulled together 17 short stories in a collection called Texas Noir. He starts with a hay baler in A Good Beginning, we’re introduced to Sam MacCord in a couple of stories and Bo Handel makes an appearance. Milton tries his hand at, of all things, a vampire tale and nails it. Wild Bill Throckett gets hanged, not once but three times! He ends this round with a simple e-mail exchange between a hit man and his lover’s husband.