Nolan Gene Fondren’s new novel “A Stranger Came to Town: Tales of an Arizona Ranger” (published by iUniverse) is the story of a young man and how he becomes an Arizona ranger. It tells of the young man’s exploits as a ranger and his interaction with the Apaches.
Patrick William Graham Jr. was destined to be small of stature, but that didn’t mean he was short on courage. He grew up with a Cherokee tribe and became blood brother to the chief’s son, Leaping Wolf. One of Pat’s first toys was a hand-carved wooden pistol; when his draw was faster than his father’s, he was given a working gun.
When tragedy strikes, leaving Pat’s father dead and his mother remarried to a man Pat despises, he leaves his tribal home. Out in the world, his small frame makes him an easy target for bullies, predators and petty men with something to prove. After he kills a man who was riding him for being small, Pat’s life changes in ways he can’t control. He sells his skills as a gunman. In Mexico, he protects a silver mine from banditos and then helps them to improve their operation.
One fateful day, however, on a job rustling cattle, he finds God and a better way to live.