Hard Trail to Follow

Hard Trail to Follow

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Prolific Spur Award-winner Kelton knocks out the seventh western in his "Texas Ranger" series, following 2005's "Jericho's Road". In the 1870s, former Texas Ranger Andy Pickard, now a restless farmer, drops his plow and straps on his guns when the local sheriff is murdered during a jailbreak. The dead sheriff, Tom Blessing, had been a father figure to Andy, who vows revenge for his killing. The escaped outlaw is Luther Cordell, a dangerous bank robber and leader of a small gang of desperate owlhoots. The search is long and arduous, and the posse Andy has assembled melts away until only Andy, now a fully reinstated Ranger, remains in solo pursuit. Cordell, meanwhile, is trying to recover the stolen bank loot he'd hidden when captured. Add in Cordell's disgusting relatives, two unlucky saloon stick-up artists, some kindly travelers, fancy gunplay and a remarkably surprising conclusion, and Kelton once again turns in an exciting and satisfying western tale.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 104.14 x 167.64 x 15.24mm | 136.08g
  • St Martin's Press
  • FORGE
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0765354292
  • 9780765354297
  • 697,946

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"One of the most intriguing elements of Kelton's novel is the late 19th century Texas frontier backdrop. Kelton smoothly integrates into his narrative, lessons in Texas history and pictures of life in early Texas. Kelton's masterful use of words, his creative talent for weaving together an intriguing plot full of suspense, romance, and humor, and his use of descriptive detail that affords the reader an opportunity to actually live a piece of Texas history all combine to make each of his novels a unique experience. "Jericho's Road" is no exception.""--Texas Books in Review" 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""" "[Kelton] continues to show his contemporaries how to tell a simple story with clear and concise writing that holds the reader to every page." -"San Angelo Standard-Times "on" Ranger's Trail. """ "In Ranger's Trail, Elmer Kelton does once again what he does better than anyone: tell a turbulent story calmly. The failings that animate the characters of this book, and the tragedies that befall them, are rendered in such precise and unexcitable prose that it is no wonder that after 40 novels Kelton's reputation continues to expand. He has earned his prestige word by honest word."" ""--Stephen Harrigan," author of "The Gates of the Alamo" "Hard Trail to Follow is an engrossing, entertaining chase played out through two intriguing main characters. Mr. Kelton's attention to detail and his well-crafted minor characters bring additional richness to the book's sense of place and reality. This new novel will likely further enhance Elmer Kelton's hard-earned reputation as one of America's premier Western writers." --The Dallas Morning News"Kelton once again turns in an exciting and satisfying western tale." --Publishers Weekly on Hard Trail to Follow "Hard Trail to Follow" is an engrossing, entertaining chase played out through two intriguing main characters. Mr. Kelton's attention to detail and his well-crafted minor characters bring additional richness to the book's sense of place and reality. This new novel will likely further enhance Elmer Kelton's hard-earned reputation as one of America's premier Western writers. "The Dallas Morning News" Kelton once again turns in an exciting and satisfying western tale. "Publishers Weekly on Hard Trail to Follow"" ""Hard Trail to Follow" is an engrossing, entertaining chase played out through two intriguing main characters. Mr. Kelton's attention to detail and his well-crafted minor characters bring additional richness to the book's sense of place and reality. This new novel will likely further enhance Elmer Kelton's hard-earned reputation as one of America's premier Western writers." --"The ""Dallas"" Morning News""Kelton once again turns in an exciting and satisfying western tale."--"Publishers Weekly" on "Hard Trail to Follow" ""Hard Trail to Follow" is an engrossing, entertaining chase played out through two intriguing main characters. Mr. Kelton's attention to detail and his well-crafted minor characters bring additional richness to the book's sense of place and reality. This new novel will likely further enhance Elmer Kelton's hard-earned reputation as one of America's premier Western writers." --"The ""Dallas"" Morning News""Kelton once again turns in an exciting and satisfying western tale."-"Publishers Weekly" on "Hard Trail to Follow" ""Hard Trail to Follow" is an engrossing, entertaining chase played out through two intriguing main characters. Mr. Kelton's attention to detail and his well-crafted minor characters bring additional richness to the book's sense of place and reality. This new novel will likely further enhance Elmer Kelton's hard-earned reputation as one of America's premier Western writers." --"The ""Dallas"" Morning News""Kelton once again turns in an exciting and satisfying western tale."--"Publishers Weekly" on "Hard Trail to Follow"
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About Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was the award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men's Horses, and Texas Standoff. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years, and served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.
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Rating details

175 ratings
4.06 out of 5 stars
5 34% (59)
4 42% (73)
3 22% (38)
2 3% (5)
1 0% (0)
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