Elmer Kelton


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    Western

    Dec-2012

    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 ranc...

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    Oct-2010

    Texas Rangers - 9

    In Texas Standoff, Ranger Andy Pickard and his partner, Logan Daggett, are sent to central Texas to investigate a series of killings and cattle thefts. The two biggest cattlemen in the area blame each other for the violence, but it seems to Andy that...

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    May-2010

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    Feb-2010

    Buckalew Family -

    In Massacre at Goliad, tensions mount between Mexican authorities and American newcomers. Revolution is in the air, something Thomas Buckalew welcomes but his brother Joshua fears, since Joshua is in love with a Mexican girl. The story touches on the...

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    Nov-2009

    Texas Rangers - 8

    Texas Ranger Andy Pickard, newly married and unsure of himself and his choice of career, is given what appears to be a routine assignment: find and arrest a horse trader named Donley Bannister who is accused of murder. The difficulty begins after And...

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    Historical

    Oct-2008

    Collected here for the first time are three exciting novellas of the Old West, written by three of the West's greatest, most admired writers. In Elmer Kelton's Long Ride, Hard Ride, a retreating Confederate troop has seized a Union cache of munitions...

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    General Fiction

    Jun-2008

    The Barfield family, Arkansas sharecroppers, are heading west with their sons Jeffrey and Todd. In far West Texas their camp is attacked by Comanche raiders and the elder Barfields are killed and scalped. The younger boy, Todd, is taken captive by th...

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    Jan-2008

    Texas Rangers - 7

    In this, the seventh novel in Kelton's acclaimed Texas Ranger series, former Texas Ranger Andy Pickard ("Badger Boy" as he was known as a youth living among Comanches), leaves his fiancee's farm in north central Texas. He begins to track the man, Lut...

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    Nov-2007

    Sons of Texas - 2

    It is the mid 1830s and a growing flow of American pioneers into Mexican Texas has sown the seeds of revolution. In the midst of the turmoil are the Lewis brothers -- Andrew, Michael, and James -- scions of Mordecai Lewis, who crossed the Sabine ...

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    Apr-2007

    To Elmer Kelton, the brush country of southwest Texas is home. Nobody knows Texas’s history, people, beauty, and dangers as well as this greatest of Western writers.Barbed Wire, the first novel in this omnibus, is the story of one-time cowboy Doug ...

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    Mar-2007

    Johnny Fristo and Speck Quitman, young, hard-working cowboys from Fort Concho, Texas, have worked six months--at $20 a month--on the Devil's River. Their boss, a hawk-faced cow trader named Larramore, reneges on the money he owes the boys and sneaks ...

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    May-2006

    Sons of Texas - 1

    In 1816, Mordecai Lewis, a veteran of Andrew Jackson's Indian campaigns and battles against the British, moves his family into the western Tennessee canebrakes. But Mordecai, a born wanderer, is not satisfied with farming, and with his sons Michael a...

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    Historical

    Nov-2005

    Hewey Calloway - 1

    "Six bits," or seventy-five cents: a cowboy's daily wage in Hewey's era. Fiddle footed Texas cowboy Hewey Calloway, in this prequel to Elmer Kelton's prize-winning The Good Old Boys and The Smiling Country, ventures out to West Texas with his brot...

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    May-2005

    Mordecai Lewis and his sons Michael and Andrew ride into the Spanish province of Texas to hunt wild horses, planning to sell the animals back home in the Tennessee canebrakes. The expedition proves fatal for Mordecai and leaves the Lewis boys in peri...

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    Nov-2004

    Texas Rangers - 6

    This is Jericho's Road. Take the Other.When the young Texas Ranger Andy Pickard is assigned to the Texas-Mexico border he learns the meaning of this ominous notice on the edge of a great tract of ranch land above the Rio Grande. It is Jericho Jackson...

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    Historical

    Jun-2004

    Related Books - 2

    In the aftermath of a bitter and bloody war for independence, Texans have finally claimed their freedom from Mexico--but they don't have much else to brag about. Joshua Buckalew has left behind the deserted battlefields that claimed his brother Thoma...

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    Historical

    Jan-2004

    Texas Rangers - 5

    A former Comanche captive known as Badger Boy, Andy Pickard, a young Texas Ranger, joins forces with Farley Brackett, a Confederate veteran turned ranger, to deliver prisoner Jayce Landon to a neighboring county to stand trial for the murder of Ned H...

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    Sep-2002

    Texas Rangers - 4

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    Dec-2001

    Texas Rangers - 3

    The Civil War has ended, and Texas is in turmoil as Rusty Shannon rides to his home on the Colorado River. But in a land overrun with murderous outlaws, vengeful Union soldiers, and ever-dangerous bands of Comanche, "going home" is just as difficult ...

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    Historical

    Jan-2001

    Texas Rangers - 2

    The Texas Frontier, 1865 The Civil War is over and Texas is reluctantly yielding to the Union soldiers spreading across the state, even into the dangerous Comanche country. David "Rusty" Shannon, proud member of a "ranging company" attempting to prot...

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    Aug-1999

    Texas Rangers - 1

    ""The Buckskin Line "tells of Texas' chaotic early years, when a ragtag group of irregular volunteers fought to defend the far edges of settlement from incursion by Indians and frontier outlaws. In time, they would become known as the Texas Rangers."...

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    Aug-1999

    In 1875, nearly forty years after the Mexican War, Mexicans and Texans are still spilling blood over ownership of the Nueces Strip--a hot, dry stretch of coastal prairie that bushwackers and horse thieves have turned into a lawless hell. Captain L.H....

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    in Legend

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    Mar-1999

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    Aug-1998

    Hewey Calloway - 3

    Elmer Kelton introduced Texas cowboy, Hewey Calloway, one of the most beloved characters in Western fiction, almost thirty years ago in The Good Old Boys. The novel was transformed into a memorable 1995 TV film starring Tommy Lee Jones and Sissy Spac...

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    Historical

    Mar-1998

    In the early days of the Texas panhandle, starting a new life is hard--but keeping it is even harder.Espy Norwood is a troubleshooter who's got troubles of his own--and more troubles find him when he lands a job on a ranch on the Texas plains. Bitter...

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    Jan-1998

    The new Confederacy, facing into the Union cannon, had too much on its hands to send troops to the Texas frontier to hold back the Indians. Instead, it authorized the State of Texas to raise its own troops. Many kinds of men drifted into the Texas Mo...

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    Aug-1997

    Buckalew Family -

    Daniel Provost is the son of a farmer. Living up to his father's high standards for the farm is very hard work, but his life is basically comfortable and a loving woman is waiting to become his wife. When a well-traveled stranger, bearing a story of ...

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    Jun-1997

    In "Bitter Trail," Kelton tells the story of a tough teamster named Frio Wheeler whose wagons haul cotton from Texas to Mexico.Sounds like a peaceable enterprise?The problem is that the Civil War is raging throughout the South and Wheeler's cotton is...

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    Apr-1997

    In the Texas backlands in 1885, twelve-year-old Joey Shipman's father dies under mysterious circumstances, and the boy is forced to live with his stepmother and Blair Meacham, a hanger-on at the farm. After the death of a black farmhand and friend, a...

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    Historical

    Feb-1996

    In the cattle drives of the Old West, pumpkin rollers were green farmboys, almost more trouble than they were worth. When Trey McLean leaves his family's East Texas cotton farm and sets off on his own to learn the cattleman's trade, he's about as ...

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    Historical

    Jul-1994

    "The Far Canyon," the sequel to "Slaughter" was published in 1994 and won Elmer Kelton his sixth esteemed Spur Award from the Western Writers of America. By 2002 Kelton had not only earned his seventh Spur Award with "Way of the Coyote," but had also...

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    Oct-1992

    In the 1870s, buffalo hunters moved onto the High Plains of Texas. The Plains Indians watched hunters slaughter the animals that gave them shelter and clothing, food and weapons. The battles at and near the ruins of a trading fort, Adobe Walls, becam...

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    Historical

    Feb-1991

    Caprock, Texas, is a sleepy cow town until oil is discovered in the 1920s. Suddenly thousands of people stream in to find their fortune; some are honest folk, but too many are two-bit swindlers. This is the story of how an entire community draws toge...

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    Historical

    Apr-1990

    Buckalew Family -

    In "Joe Pepper, "the titular 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 he wrong side of the law."Long W...

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    Historical

    Feb-1990

    Joe Pepper is a Texas badman with quite a past. In fact, there isn't much that Joe hasn't done in his forty years of living on both sides of the Texas law-except face the hangman. Now, convicted of murder, Joe is about to get that privilege. But befo...

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    Historical

    Oct-1988

    As a slave, Isaac Jefford went to war and saved the life of his master, Major Lytton. As a free man, Isaac became one of the major's top cowhands, respected--but never totally accepted--by fellow cowboys: when they gathered around the fire to eat the...

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    Jun-1988

    As he flees to the sanctuary of Mexico, Chacho Fernandez is unaware of the fuel he has added to the already simmering racial hatreds in and around the quiet town of Domingo, Texas. Through events set in motion by a misunderstanding, Chacho becomes a ...

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    Aug-1987

    Wes Hendrix, an aging cowboy and bronco-buster, wants to be left alone on his poor, hardscrabble ranch, away from the ruthlessly approaching new world and all its big money, and soon Wes's city-bred grandson succumbs to the ranch's wild beauty....

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    Historical

    Jun-1987

    Donovan was supposed to be dead. The town of Dry Fork, southern Texas, had buried him years before when Uncle Joe Vickers had fired off both barrels of a shotgun into the vicious outlaw's face as he was escaping from jail.Now, Uncle Joe has been sho...

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    Apr-1986

    Irishman Doug Monahan runs a fencing crew outside the south Texas town of Twin Wells, digging post-holes and stringing red painted barbed wire for ranchers as protection against wandering stock, rustlers, and land hungry thugs.Monahan's fencing opera...

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    Historical

    May-1985

    In this novel, first published by Doubleday in 1985, Texas novelist Elmer Kelton returns to the Civil War period, once again examining, as he first did in "Texas Rifles," the effect of the war on Texans at home. Even while the conflict raged to the e...

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    1984

    In Stand Proud, one of his most controversial novels, legendary Western writer Elmer Kelton takes on a character who is not as easy to like as he is to admire. Frank Claymore is cantankerous, stubborn, and intolerant--just the qualities that make him...

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    Historical

    Jan-1984

    Elmer Kelton, voted "The Greatest Western Writer of All Time" by the Western Writers of America, is a legend in the field of Western literature. Famous for his realistic characters and accurate depictions of the history of his home state of Texas, El...

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    1981

    ""Eyes of the Hawk "was inspired by an old Texas legend about an embittered father who swore to kill the town that had killed his son, and let vengeance turn him into the man he hated most." Elmer Kelton"No one wants you to tamper with a legend, espe...

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    Aug-1980

    THEY FOUGHT FOR FREEDOM THE WOLF Gray Horse. The magnificent young Comanche warrior made strong by the medicine of the wolf, skilled at stealing horses and counting coup in the war raids of his people. Through his bravery and his wisdom, he woul...

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    Historical

    1973

    ""The Time It Never Rained "was inspired by actual events, when the longest and most severe drought in living memory pressed ranchers and farmers to the outer limits of courage and endurance." Elmer Kelton"Rio"" Seco was too small to afford a profess...

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    Jun-1971

    Texas Tradition - 7

    ""The Day the Cowboys Quit "was inspired by an historic event, a strike against large ranches on the Texas high plains, when the encroachment of an Eastern corporate mentality drove freedom-loving cowboys to drastic measures--no matter the cost." --E...

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    Historical

    1966

    When former cattle man Dundee wanders into the town of Titusville, he's broke, tired and itching for a fight. Instead, he gets a job offer...from none other than the top man in town, John Titus. Titus recruits Dundee to find out who's rustling his...

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    Historical

    1965

    Related Books - 1

    When Texan-born Josh Buckalew met Teresa, a young and beautiful Mexican woman, it was love at first sight. But with the Alamo recently sieged and destroyed, Josh knew this rosebud love would be unobtainable on account of the war thorns harrowing the ...

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    1959

    THERE'S A NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN Deputy Sheriff Jim-Bob McClain isn't sure he's ready to follow in his father's footsteps as the law in Coolridge County. In fact, he has a hard enough time keeping the peace between the drunks in the local saloon. But w...

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    1957

    For Gage Jameson, the summer of 1873 has been a poor hunt. A year ago he felled sixty-two buffalo in one stand, but now the great Arkansas River herd is gone, like the Republican herd before it. In Dodge City, old hide hunters speak in awe of a last...

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    1920

    Hewey Calloway - 2

    “The Good Old Boys is probably the closest I have ever come to writing from sheer inspiration. Hewey Calloway and the other characters took hold of the story like a cold-jawed horse grabbing onto the bit, and about all I could do was hang on for th...

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    Historical

    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...

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