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From the PublisherPraise for Elmer Kelton:
“Elmer Kelton does not write Westerns. He writes fine novels set in the West. Here a reader meets flesh-and-blood people of an earlier time, in a story that will grab you and hold you from the first to the last page."
—Dee Brown, author of the New York Times bestseller Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
"Elmer Kelton is to Texas what Mark Twain was to the Mississippi River."
—Jory Sherman, author of The Barons of Texas
“Elmer Kelton is a Texas treasure."
—El Paso Herald-Post
"Kelton...expands on his reputation with a thoughtful, realistic portrayal of the West in which carefully drawn characters—not gunplay—drive the action. If there’s an heir to the Louis L’Amour legacy, it’s Kelton."
“Elmer Kelton, a wily old cloudburst, imbues his Westerns with ancient myths and modern motifs that transcend cowboys and cattle trails."
—Dallas Morning News
"One of the grand masters of Western literature. A preeminent story-teller, Kelton has been blessed with the ability to create a cast of fictional characters which bring history to life with such honesty and believability that the reader himself literally becomes part of the story. . . . It is Kelton’s understanding of human weaknesses and strengths that makes his writings so captivating. . . ."
—The El Paso Scene
"Voted ‘the greatest Western writer of all time’ by the Western Writers of America, Kelton creates characters more complex than L’Amour’s."
"San Angelo novelist Kelton knows intimately the work and ways of the West. That’s why real cowboys love his writing."
"You can never go wrong if you want to read a good story with realistic characters and you pick up a title by Elmer Kelton. . . . Kelton’s characters jump off the page, they are so real."
"Elmer Kelton writes of early Texas with unerring authority. His knowledge of the state’s history is complete, too—drawn from the lives of real people.”
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Elmer Kelton’s Westerns are not filled with larger than life gunfighters who can shoot spurs off a cowboy’s boots at 100 yards. They are filled with the kind of characters that no doubt made up the West. . . . They are ordinary people with ordinary problems, but Kelton makes us care about them.”