When Cowboys Die

When Cowboys Die

by Patrick Dearen

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A man either chases his dreams, or he dies.
Present-day ranch hand Charlie Lyles longs for an era before mechanization, when a cowboy’s greatest ally was his horse.  He remembers stove-up old men telling of cattle drives and stampedes and shallow graves in lonesome country with few fences.  At a dollar a day, none of them died rich, but for a cowboy who knew no other way to live, maybe it was a fair trade.
Society has pushed Charlie toward a conformity that he hates, but he is about to change the rules.  Walking up to an illegal alien at a remote line shack in West Texas, he steals a horse, leaving a perfectly good pickup behind.  “You tell ‘em, amigo,” he says. “Tell all those hombres with their fancy equipment to just stay out of my world or play hell tryin’ to catch me.”
Track him they will, with a helicopter and radios and assault weapons, but they are headed into territory that hasn’t changed in a century . . . and they are trailing a man born a hundred years too late.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780875656328
Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
Publication date: 09/08/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 184
Sales rank: 990,033
File size: 692 KB

About the Author

PATRICK DEAREN is a recognized authority on the Pecos River area in Texas and has written more than twenty books. An award-winning former reporter, he holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Texas. A ragtime pianist and backpack enthusiast, Dearen lives in Midland, Texas, with his wife Mary.

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'A modern chase novel that pits cutting-edge technology against a lone cowboy. It sounds like a complete mismatch--and it is, though not in exactly the way one might think.' -- recommended reading list, What Do I Read Next?, 1994 edition.