Capt. Bates7 books in series
Texas Ranger Publisher's Summary
Texas Ranger Captain Rowdy Bates rides to Kansas to chase the rustler who stole his horse, Sugar. In Wichita, he meets a young US marshal by the name of Jack Black, and they sidekick up to pursue and capture the Bill Whitley Outlaw Gang along with Brack Cornett, taking the lawmen back to Texas and eventually deep into Mexico in their pursuit.
All the while back in Laredo, Victoria Lee Dupree awaits her trial and an almost certain sentence to hang by the neck for the murder of High Card Harry Brownstone - an act perpetrated to protect the man she loved. Who is her secret love and will her beau arrive in time to save her from certain death?