- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Forge Books; 1st edition (March 20, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0765311526
- ISBN-13: 978-0765311528
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,644 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Texas Showdown: Two Texas Novels Hardcover – March 20, 2007
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This volume brings together two of Kelton's short novels written in the 1960s, under the blanket association of being vengeance tales of a sort set in Texas. Pecos Crossing follows two green and mightily frightened cowboys who fall on the wrong side of a famous Ranger and ex-lawman, who hunts them believing them responsible for his wife's shooting. Shotgun features two rival rancher families and a memorable villain who plays one against the other in a bloody-minded plot for revenge. In 1995, the Western Writers of America (responsible for the Spur Award) named Kelton the greatest western writer of all time, ahead of such luminaries as Louis L'Amour, Zane Grey, and Larry McMurtry. While the accolade reeks of hyperbole, such acclaim is hardly unwarranted. Kelton's writing is absolutely authentic, and he is a master at spinning that wildly expressive species of dusty idiom that makes good western writing so gratifying. Add to that some stern, if flexible, morality and tight plotting full of tense, finger-twitching action, and you have some outstanding western fare. Ian Chipman
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"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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Elmer is a master at western or frontier intrigue. Very few -- that's maybe NONE --- can keep you reading so that it is difficult to put the book down.Published on March 9, 2014 by Jim