Brush Country

Brush Country : Two Texas Novels

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To Elmer Kelton, the brush country of southwest Texas is home. Nobody knows Texas's history, people, beauty, and dangers as well as this greatest of Western writers.
"Barbed Wire," the first novel in this omnibus, is the story of one-time cowboy Doug Monahan, who runs a fencing crew outside the town of Twin Wells. Monahan, a likeable, hard-working Irishman, and his workers dig post-holes and string red painted barb wire for ranchers as protection against wandering stock, rustlers, and land hungry cattle barons.
Their fencing operation is opposed by Captain Andrew Rinehart, a former Confederate officer and an old-school open range cowman of the huge R Cross spread. With his brutal foreman, Archer Spann--who does the violent work of chasing squatters off the range--Rinehart wages a barb wire war against Doug Monahan.
A second colorful tale of the brush country is "Llano"" ""River"." "Dundee, a onetime cowboy, one of Monahan's fencing crew in "Barbed Wire," wanders into the town of Titusville, broke, tired, and itching for a fight. Town patriarch John Titus hires Dundee to find out who is rustling his cattle, but he already has a culprit in mind--Blue Roan Hardesty. Once a friend, now a sworn enemy of the powerful Titus clan, Hardesty is Titus's choice for villain--but Dundee is determined to find out the truth, even if it costs him his job.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 382 pages
  • 139.7 x 213.4 x 33mm | 521.64g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0765310198
  • 9780765310194

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Praise for Elmer Kelton:
"Kelton, like fine wine, just keeps getting better and better." -- "Tulsa"" World"

"Elmer Kelton is a Texas treasure, as important for his state as Willa Cathera is for Nebraska and Badger Clark for South Dakota. Kelton truly deserves to be made one of our immortals of literature." -- "El Paso"" Herald-Post"
"As always, Mr. Kelton's history is accurate and his characters clearly drawn and believable." -"The ""Dallas"" Morning News "on" ""Jericho""'s Road"
"Storytelling as ripe as a bank ripe for robbing. Its quietly knifelike sentences will skin you alive."--"Kirkus Reviews" on "Texas"" Vendetta"
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