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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: TwoDot; First Edition edition (September 18, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0762780460
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762780464
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #584,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sounding for all the world like an American Tom Sharpe, Black tells the riotous story of Cooney Bedlam and Straight Line, a couple of rodeo riders who hook up with the alluring Pica D’TroiT, who’s been set up by the nasty Oui Oui Reese to take the fall for illegal animal trafficking. Can Cooney and Straight get her off the hook and still make it to the National Rodeo Finals in time to compete? Baxter, a veterinarian, novelist, and cowboy poet, has an exuberant prose style (he uses lots of exclamation marks but not because he doesn’t know better: they make us laugh) and a very weird way of putting together a story (How many novels can you name that include a calf-roping scene set in a woman’s living room?). He doesn’t go for the subtle humor—other characters are called Salinka Mortonmortonson, Dr. Shin-Guard, Lionel Trane, and Neville Schneer—and, when he goes for the big laughs, he usually gets them (with a book like this, there are always a few jokes that fall flat, but those are few and far between). A very funny, very eccentric take on the contemporary western.
— David Pitt, Booklist


In his funniest novel yet, cowboy poet Black pits two modern-day rodeo cowboys against wild bucking broncs and ornery bulls, as well as ruthless endangered species smugglers, a vindictive beauty queen, and the hilarious fumblings of the romantic heart. This comical farce is a fine example of western humor loaded with silliness and wacky malapropisms. Cooney Bedlam and Straight Line are rodeo cowboy traveling buddies who ride broncs and bulls for the big money–and bigger belt buckles—of champions. Straight is serious about his career; Cooney is a free-spirit, smitten by Pica D’TroiT, “a pistol-packin’ pawnshop pinup girl.” When Straight and Pica become involved in the fiercely competitive business of cowboy cosmetics, they earn the enmity of a bitter female model and her lovesick boyfriend. As Cooney and Straight compete en route to nationals in Vegas, their misadventures include fighting off an angry mob of animal rights activists with a fly swatter, drinking too much prune juice and tequila, and riding against famous cowboys, including Hubcap Longevity, in a goofy llama race (“A word about llamas: nasty”). Meanwhile, Pica’s framed for smuggling endangered species feathers, and Cooney tries to clear her name and avoid the murderous intentions of an inept Latino gunman (think Desi Arnaz with a pistol). A hoot. (Sept.)
--Publisher's Weekly


About the Author

Cowboy poet and large-animal veterinarian, Baxter Black, says "I was raised with the coyotes.  No, this is serious.  I was raised in New Mexico, did three years at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, then four more years at Colorado State University to earn a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree.  Veterinary school was hard for me.  (The price of a gallon of gas was higher than my GPA!)

"Throughout the summers of my college years I worked at different livestock operations as 'cowboy labor.' To help support myself, among other things, I had a band and rode bulls.   Upon graduation I practiced for thirteen years in the livestock business and would still be there if cowboy poetry had not hijacked my life.

"Since poetry is virtually illegal in the United States, I have had to work around the edges of the mainstream to make a living - outside the box, as it were.  For thirty years I have been successful performing cowboy poetry (think of Shakespeare rather than Robert Frost) at venues across the country and in Canada.  The greatest blessing in my business is that I have never had to solicit appearances.  It has all been word of mouth.

"To augment my performances, over the years I have expanded into best-selling books, CD and DVD publishing, a regular column, a commercial radio program, National Public Radio appearances, cable television, and producing commercials.

"Our entertainment business, my wife’s and mine, began in Colorado.  Twelve years ago we moved to Arizona to take care of my folks.  I still have a heavy travel schedule and we have five employees in our office.  We have a married daughter and a teenage son. 

"We live on a small ranch close to the Mexican border and I punch cows when I’m not on the road.  It ain’t a bad life."


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If you are looking for a funny, quick read, look no further.
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I don't really like to read, but I always enjoy reading Baxters books, especially this one.
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I haven't had so much fun reading a book in a very long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beckett on February 21, 2013
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I haven't had so much fun reading a book in a very long time. In fact, the chortling and cackling I did as I read it caused many occasions of reading it out loud to my mom and daughter. Tremendous amounts of hysterical laughter ensued. This is the very best purchase for my library I've ever made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Stith on February 1, 2013
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Even if you haven't read "Hey Cowboy Wanna get lucky or Hey Cowgirl Need a ride", This will be a great read. Baxters describes of life most of us will not ever live but through his books we can get a sense of how that life is.

I always enjoy reading Baxter's books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TMeier on March 13, 2013
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I don't really like to read, but I always enjoy reading Baxters books, especially this one. This is a great book to pick up and read if you are interested in reading humorous books about the cowboy life. Once again a great read and I recommend picking this book up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MaggieB on January 24, 2013
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Baxter Black never ceases to amaze me! If you are looking for a funny, quick read, look no further. I don't know how he comes up with this stuff, but it'll bring (happy) tears to your eyes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Uptergrove on February 6, 2013
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A gift for my husband and he really likes really Baxter Black's books. You always have a good price on them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Genny on February 5, 2013
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I purchased this book for a die-hard Baxter Black fan. It is one that he didn't have and he loves it!
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By Robin DIxon on May 14, 2014
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This is an excellent read by one of the best cowboy peots whom ever lived. Clearly an audio version would be incredible.
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