Long Way to Texas

Long Way to Texas : Three Novels by Elmer Kelton

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In "Joe Pepper", the title character, while awaiting a hangman's noose, tells the story of how he discovered a propensity for violence while seeking revenge. The irony is that Joe's keen sense of justice puts him on the wrong side of the law. "Long Way to Texas", taking place just after the Civil War battle of Glorieta Pass in New Mexico, is the story of Lt. David Buckalew, whose remnant of Confederate riflemen is under siege and low on rations and water. Complicating matters is the young officer's self-doubt and fear of failure. Thomas Canfield of "Eyes of the Hawk", known to the Mexican citizens of his town of Stonehill, Texas, as "El Gavilan" - the Hawk - is not a man to forgive a wrong. He sets out to prove this to an insolent ranchman rival who intends building a fortune at Canfield's expense. The Hawk has a radically different idea: he will destroy the town before yielding to his enemy.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 43.18mm | 566.99g
  • St Martin's Press
  • FORGE
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 076532976X
  • 9780765329769
  • 1,795,680

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"Elmer Kelton is truly a Texas legend." --Rick Perry, Governor of Texas"Elmer Kelton is a genuine, unaffected, kind and gentle man, the sort who, in person, makes you want to hunker down and listen to his stories, his voice, and his wisdom." --Judy Alter, author of Elmer Kelton and West Texas: A Literary Relationship Elmer Kelton is truly a Texas legend. Rick Perry, Governor of Texas Elmer Kelton is a genuine, unaffected, kind and gentle man, the sort who, in person, makes you want to hunker down and listen to his stories, his voice, and his wisdom. Judy Alter, author of Elmer Kelton and West Texas: A Literary Relationship" Elmer Kelton is truly a Texas legend. Rick Perry, Governor of Texas Elmer Kelton is a genuine, unaffected, kind and gentle man, the sort who, in person, makes you want to hunker down and listen to his stories, his voice, and his wisdom. Judy Alter, author of Elmer Kelton and West Texas: A Literary Relationship" What they say about Elmer Kelton: "Elmer Kelton is truly a Texas legend."--Rick Perry, Governor of Texas"Elmer Kelton is a genuine, unaffected, kind and gentle man, the sort who, in person, makes you want to hunker down and listen to his stories, his voice, and his wisdom."--Judy Alter, author of "Elmer Kelton and West Texas: A Literary Relationship" "Recently voted 'the greatest Western writer of all time' by the Western Writers of America, Kelton creates characters more complex than L'Amour's."-"Kirkus Reviews" "Elmer Kelton is a Texas treasure. . . . Kelton truly deserves to be made one of the immortals of literature."-"El Paso Herald-Post" "The hallmark of any Elmer Kelton novel is his thorough research and his feel for the time and place. . . . Kelton, like fine wine, just keeps getting better and better.""-Tulsa World"show more

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, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. 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.show more

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