Mobley's Law - A Mobley Meadows Novel by Gerald Lane Summers

Mobley's Law - A Mobley Meadows Novel by Gerald Lane Summers

"Mobley's Law, A Mobley Meadows Novel," is the first in a highly rated western trilogy.  Author Gerald Lane Summers has eight other novels, including the remaining two in this series.  They are, "Curses, A Mobley Meadows Novel", and "Mobley's War".

Mobley Meadows is a U.S. Circuit Court Judge sent by President Grant to Texas to resolve a dispute between the federally appointed governor (after the Civil War) and the confederate candidate who won the election by a two to one margin.  The federal governor, E.J. Davis was refused to accept defeat, claiming that due to the inclusion of a semi-colon in the election law wording, he did not have to give up his title.  The newly elected governor, Richard Coke, and a band of his henchmen stormed the capital building and refused to leave until the issue was resolved. If not resolved quickly, it was likely a war would ensue.

Mobley Meadows believed that justice delayed is justice denied.  As he traveled his circuit, he conducted trials wherever he happened to be; on the prairie, a farmhouse, the streets of Waco and on a train bound for Austin.  When Governor Davis heard of Mobley and his decision on a new property tax plan, he conspired with others to assassinate Mobley before he could hear the dispute between the two claimants to the governorship.

In the second novel, Mobley's fiance' is captured by Quana Parker, a notorious Comanche war leader.  She is a pharmacist with great medical experience and promises to help Quana's wife survive childbirth.  Mobley and his deputies are at that time in Cimmaron, where Mobley is required to resolve an important land grant case.

The newest of the Mobley Meadows series, just released, involves another historically absurd situation. It is called, "Mobley's War." Its focus is on the lawlessness in Texas after the start of the first great depression in 1874 and which lasted off and on until 1910.  The Governor at the time, Richard Coke, appointed himself to the U.S. Senate and left the state. The Lieutenant Governor took over, but the legislators paid their own salaries and canceled all others.  No law enforcement remained and it became every man for himself.  Not willing to miss out on the opportunity, the KKK started on a rampage to kill all black Freedmen. Mobley Meadows was not willing to tolerate the situation and set out to resolve it any way he could.

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