Texas Showdown: WITH "Pecos Crossing" AND "Shotgun"
Elmer Kelton writes of his beloved home country of West Texas in these two novels of cowmen and cow country. In "Pecos Crossing", two young cowboys, Johnny Fristo and Speck Quitman, have been cheated of six months' hard-earned salary by their rancher boss Larramore and intend to get what is due to them. In "Shotgun", rancher Blair Bishop has to contend with a rival cowman who is turning his herd loose on Bishop's land, and with a mean customer named Macy Modock, who Bishop sent to prison ten years past. Modock is out of the hoosegow and has returned to Two Forks, determined to get even with the man who sent him up the river.
- Hardback | 352 pages
- 147.3 x 210.8 x 30.5mm | 453.6g
- 20 Mar 2007
- St Martin's Press
- New York, United States
"Kelton's exquisite style develops the themes of a love of liberty and a suspicion of authority that taps deep into Texas' Heritage..."""-- James L. Haley, "Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas" "San Angelo novelist Elmer Kelton knows intimately the work and ways of the West. That's why real cowboys love his writing. " -- "Southern Living""One thing is certain: As long as there are writers as skillful as Elmer Kelton, Western literature will never die." -- "True West" magazine "Elmer Kelton writes of West Texas with unerring authority." -- "Fort Worth Star-Telegram""Kelton, like fine wine, just keeps getting better and better." -- "Tulsa World"
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.