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John is a long-time veteran of law enforcement, beginning his police career with the Houston Texas Police Department in 1981. 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 held the position of sports editor for two years, where he wrote about professional, collegiate, and amateur athletics. 

He grew up watching western movies and reading stories of the Old West. His theatrical influences included actors John Wayne, James Stewart, and Clint Eastwood as well as directors John Ford and Howard Hawks. He drew literary inspiration from Louis L’Amour, Zane Grey, and C. J. Box. His passion for history and the classic western genre moved him to write short stories on the Old West and his first novel, a classic western set in 1877 Texas.

John is an avid sports fan, horse enthusiast, and loves all things Texas.

He is a member of Western Writers of America, Western Fictioneers, and the American Paint Horse Association.

About the Book:

From the author of Gunslingers: A Story of the Old West comes a second novel about frontier freedom and justice on the American Frontier and the Old West.


Red River Reunion is a classic Western Fiction novel set in 1877 that traces the lives of U.S. Deputy Marshal Luxton Danner and Texas Ranger Wes Payne during their latest Texas adventures, where they risk everything to defend the meek, uphold frontier law, and satisfy their pursuit of doing what no other men can.


Tragic circumstances, lawlessness, and villainy, mark life in the Old West as settlers and law enforcement band together to survive and thrive and create a safe and prosperous future for all. Fans of Layne’s distinctive style will enjoy his rich characters and period details that bring the Old West back to life.

Book Details:

Release Date: October 15, 2020

Print ISBN: 978-0-9998796-7-2

Ebook ISBN: 978-0-9998796-6-5

List Price: $17.95 (Offering 55% wholesale discount with returns allowed)


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