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New York : Forge, 2018.
411 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
9781250161284 (hardcover)
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Elmer Kelton was born on April 29, 1926 in west Texas. He earned a degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin and served in Europe during World War II. He worked as a livestock and farm writer for The San Angelo Standard-Times and later as an editor for the specialized publications Sheep and Goat Raiser magazine and Livestock Weekly while writing part-time. <p> He wrote more than 60 books which earned him numerous awards and recognitions. He won the Spur award from Western Writers of America six times for his titles Buffalo Wagons, The Day the Cowboys Quit, The Time It Never Rained, Eye of the Hawk, Slaughter, and The Far Canyon. Four of his titles have won the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City. In addition, he received the Barbara McCombs/Lon Tinkle Award and the Levi Strauss Golden Saddleman Award from the Western Writers of America. His title The Good Old Boys was made into a television movie in 1995. <p> Kelton also wrote under the pseudonyms Alex Hawk, Lee McElroy and Tom Early. He died on August 22, 2009 at the age of 83. <p> (Bowker Author Biography)
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A collection of stories originally published in the 1950s shows that the late Kelton (Texas Standoff , 2010) was not just a master at creating fully fleshed-out heroes and villains in a setting as unforgiving as it is beautiful, but that he also had a soft spot for the love of a good woman. Each of these 14 tales features some measure of a love story, whether it's in the midst of a cattle drive ("Side Saddle Sweetheart"), a shootout ("The Lord Sent an Outlaw"), or a rodeo ("Rodeo Clown"). "The Moocher," one of the few modern-day stories, is also one of the lightest, featuring a woman who won't let her no-good brother spoil her romance with a rancher. Traditional western fans need not worry, though; the stories are still more shotguns than sentimentality. Instead, love drives Kelton's heroes to take up for justice, if not always for the law, amid the dry grass and mesquite. Kelton's ability to efficiently and vividly capture a place and time really shines, bringing the romance of the fabled Old West to life.--Susan Maguire Copyright 2018 Booklist
<p> Bandits, outlaws, romance, and adventure abound in Hard Ride , the second-ever collection of tales of the American West from renowned, seven-time Spur Award-winning author Elmer Kelton </p> <p>Each of Elmer Kelton's superb stories of the West showcase the strength and power western spirit. They are filled with marvelous characters--from a rodeo clown who seeks redemption via romance, to an outlaw who comes to the aid of ranchers with no other recourse to justice. Powerful Western women feature as importantly as the menfolk here, including a cattle buyer's daughter who can hold her own with any man on the trail, a renowned lady outlaw who rules her gang with her gun, and a judge's daughter who is determined to end local mob rule, as "the day of the gun is almost over." You will meet characters whose devotions and decisions enthrall you long after you put the book down.</p> <p>Imbued with an adventurous spirit, Hard Ride is filled with many heartfelt glimpses into the authentic experience of the American West. These stories encompass an enormous array of scenes from the early days of the Wild West into the twentieth century. Readers of all ages can enjoy these tales, each one filled with a passion for life that's as vast as the Texas prairie.</p>
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