Texas Showdown: Two Texas Novels [NOOK Book]

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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 getting what is due to them. In Shotgun, Texas 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 ...
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Overview


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 getting what is due to them. In Shotgun, Texas 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 determined to get even with the man who sent him up the river.

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"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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429962810
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 4/1/2010
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 185,823
  • File size: 348 KB

Meet the Author


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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2007

    Good Western!

    It¿s easy to see why Elmer Kelton continues to win awards for his writing. In these two novels that are set in Texas, Kelton gives readers fast paced action stories. Pecos Crossing and Shotgun are classic stories of right and wrong, good and bad. Like most novels of the Western genre, these are morality stories. And that¿s not bad, especially when they¿re a good read. In Pecos Crossing, young cowboys Johnny Fristo and Speck Quitman have come off a six month cattle herding job and are eager for their pay. But cow trader Larramore wasn¿t honest in his dealings with the young cowboys. He didn¿t pay them. During a scuffle with Larramore, who was hoping to leave town before the cowboys reached him, a shoot-out results in the accidental death of Cora Haggard. She and former Texas Ranger Milam Haggard had just married and were leaving to start a new life. Haggard¿s dogged vengeance keeps him trailing Fristo and Quitman with a few close calls including Haggard being wounded. They eventually meet at Pecos Crossing. How it plays out tests the characters¿ mettle and keeps the reader guessing. In Shotgun, a story of retribution is woven. Macy Modock spent 10 years in jail for rustling Blair Bishop¿s cattle. A free man, Modock plots a scheme to pay Bishop back and end up with his and a neighbor¿s land and cattle. The neighbor, Clarence Cass is no friend of Blair, who has stored water in a land suffering from drought. Complicating the struggle is the developing love story between Jessie Cass and Blair Bishop¿s oldest son Allan. Modock and Cass join forces to ruin Bishop. They begin by laying claim to land where Bishop grazes cattle. It is the beginning of what boils into an unstoppable confrontation. Modock plays each of the characters against one another to develop his scheme. As events play out Modock¿s plans begin to fall apart when innocent men are killed and Clarence Cass realizes he¿s been used. More men will die before things are set aright. With lifelike characters and situations, Kelton remains in top form as a Western writer who tells a good story. Readers of Western novels, and especially those by Elmer Kelton, will be rewarded with Texas Showdown.

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