A powerful, bracing and deeply spiritual look at intensely, troubled youth, Last Chance in Texas gives a stirring account of the way one remarkable prison rehabilitates its inmates. While reporting on the juvenile court system, journalist John Hubner kept hearing about a facility in Texas that ran the most aggressive–and one of the most successful–treatment programs for violent young offenders in America. How was it possible, he wondered, that a state like Texas, famed for its hardcore attitude toward crime and punishment, could be leading the way in the rehabilitation of violent and troubled youth? Now Hubner shares the surprising answers he found over months of unprecedented access to the Giddings State School, home to “the worst of the worst”: four hundred teenage lawbreakers convicted of crimes ranging from aggravated assault to murder. Hubner follows two of these youths–a boy and a girl–through harrowing group therapy sessions in which they, along with their fellow inmates, recount their crimes and the abuse they suffered as children. The key moment comes when the young offenders reenact these soul-shattering moments with other group members in cathartic outpourings of suffering and anger that lead, incredibly, to genuine remorse and the beginnings of true empathy . . . the first steps on the long road to redemption. Cutting through the political platitudes surrounding the controversial issue of juvenile justice, Hubner lays bare the complex ties between abuse and violence. By turns wrenching and uplifting, Last Chance in Texas tells a profoundly moving story about the children who grow up to inflict on others the violence that they themselves have suffered. It is a story of horror and heartbreak, yet ultimately full of hope.
Sometimes the past catches up with a man and he can't outrun it. Jack Brady, at just thirty years old, has seen more of the hard edge of life than most. He's worked cattle trails, ridden shotgun, and won a reputation as a hired gun. Then, as the American-Mexican War is breaking out, he is jailed after a fight in a small Texas town. Brady is at his lowest when a preacher arrives and reminds him that there is still a chance to redeem himself and to honour his dead father. He determines to enlist with the fledgling Texas Rangers and joins Robert Gillespie's rough riders as they ride into Laredo. But Brady has a man on his tail who is bent on revenge. And he faces the kind of trouble a woman can bring when she has to be protected. This is one last chance to rub out his bad reputation, if he can survive - but not many Rangers do that.
Texas cold case: "Determined to solve the cold case of his mother's murder, Colt Chance returns home to Texas. Turns out the new deputy sheriff is the woman who broke his heart. But when someone targets Lacie, Colt'll have to decide between the vengeance he seeks and protecting the one he still loves"--Publisher.
Understanding Parricide is the most comprehensive book available about juvenile and adult sons and daughters who kill their parents. Dr. Heide moves far behind the statistical correlates of parricide by synthesizing the professional literature on parricide in general, matricide, patricide, double parricides, and familicides. As a clinician, she explains the reasons behind the killings. Understanding Parricide includes in-depth discussion of issues related to prosecuting and defending parricide offenders. The book is enriched with its focus on clinical assessment, case studies, and follow-up of parricide offenders, as well as treatment, risk assessment, and prevention.
Long after nearly fifty thousand soldiers shed their blood there, serious misunderstandings persist about Robert E. Lee's generalship at Gettysburg. What were Lee's choices before, during, and after the battle? What did he know that caused him to act as he did? Last Chance for Victory addresses these issues by studying Lee's decisions and the military intelligence he possessed when each was made.Packed with new information and original research, Last Chance for Victory draws alarming conclusions to complex issues with precision and clarity. Readers will never look at Robert E. Lee and Gettysburg the same way again.
Last Chance, Texas has the highest literacy rate in the state and it may have been due to the unusual influence Ms. Hatty, the librarian, had over the small town. When the lovely old library burns to the ground, along with Ms. Hatty, her influence extends beyond the grave with the last nine books left in a box. Each book was earmarked by a sticky note with the recipient's name. The nine books are random, from a grimy copy of the Grinch who Stole Christmas for the town's playboy, to Coding for Dummies for the brilliant Computer Analyst who consulted for Apple Industries. She indicated Marley and Me to go to a grumpy old coot known to hate dogs, and a copy of The Art of French Cooking to a cowgirl who couldn't boil water. She leaves Persuasion to her best and oldest friend, Dory Russell who was a little too stuck up to mix with the folks in Last Chance. The rest of the books went to a random mix of people, all for Ms. Hatty's unfathomable reasons. The entire town starts a reading frenzy. The wealthy and aristocratic Ms. Dory finds herself embroiled in the lives of people because they expect her to take over where Ms. Hatty left off. Meanwhile, a possible motive for the library arson becomes all too clear when the governor's office announces plans for a North/South Corridor, cutting directly through Last Chance. It will erase the town, and give a few ranchers with large adjoining acreages millions of dollars in an eminent domain deal. Ms. Hatty, with her Democratic Party influence and political clout, would have stood in the way of the Corridor Deal. What does Ms. Hatty's death and the Corridor deal have in common? Ms. Dory is afraid she knows, and the truth isn't pretty.
It was supposed to be the most wonderful night of their young lives. Cassie McGuire was barely eighteen and ready to elope with the man of her dreams, when tragedy struck. With the new future now facing her, there was no way Cassie was going to saddle the adventurous Ethan Rafferty with a woman who might never ride again, much less walk. So she sent him away. Cassie gets the shock of her life when Ethan returns to Texas. The sexy wrangler is as handsome as ever—but he'll be fit to be tied once he discovers her secret. Will he forgive her—or will he fight her for the son he didn't know he had?