Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton
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Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men’s Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years. He served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.


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Ranger's Trail and Texas Vendetta

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Two complete novels from Elmer Kelton in one low-priced edition  Ranger’s Trail Spring of 1874: Ranger companies are being reorganized and David "Rusty"...


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Shotgun and Six Bits a Day

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Shotgun Rancher Blair Bishop of Two Forks, Texas, has too many enemies…and they’re closing in. Macy Modock, whom Bishop sent to prison ten years ago, returns...


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Shotgun and Six Bits a Day

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Shotgun Rancher Blair Bishop of Two Forks, Texas, has too many enemies…and they’re closing in. Macy Modock, whom Bishop sent to prison ten years ago, returns...


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Long Way to Texas

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Long Way to Texas brings together three rare Kelton novels, all with Texas roots.


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Texas Rifles and Massacre at Goliad

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Texas Rifles The new Confederacy had too much on its hands to send troops to the Texas frontier to hold back the Indians, and authorized Texas to raise its...


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Texas Showdown

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

The master of the Western presents Pecos Crossing and Shotgun


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Donovan and Dark Thicket

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Donovan: 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...


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Texas Standoff
Texas Rangers
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Newly married and dreaming of settling down on his ranch on the Guadalupe River, Texas Ranger Andy Pickard is dispatched to central Texas to investigate a...


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The Pumpkin Rollers

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Dark Thicket

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

One of America's greatest Western storytellers, Elmer Kelton has been voted the greatest Western writers of all time by the Western Writers of America. Dark...


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Other Men's Horses
Texas Rangers
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Sandhills Boy

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Sandhills Boy is the story of "a freckle-faced country boy, green as a gourd," growing up in the wild sandhills of West Texas and becoming author of many...


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Ranger's Trail
Texas Rangers
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

In the spring of 1874 the Ranger companies that protect settlers against Indian raids and outlaw bands are being reorganized and David "Rusty" Shannon is the...


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Texas Sunrise

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

In Massacre at Goliad, tensions mount between Mexican authorities and American newcomers. Revolution is in the air, something Thomas Buckalew welcomes but his...


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Jericho's Road
Texas Rangers
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Shotgun

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Rancher Blair Bishop of Two Forks, Texas, has too many enemies . . . and they are closing in on him. Macy Modock, whom Bishop sent to prison ten years ago, is...


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Many a River

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Hard Trail To Follow
Texas Rangers
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Former Texas Ranger Andy Pickard, called "Badger Boy" when he lived with Comanches as a child, is following the plow on West Texas land until he learns that...


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The Rebels: Sons of Texas
Sons of Texas
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Pecos Crossing

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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The Smiling Country
Hewey Calloway
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

“The Smiling Country is about a footloose puncher who finds out the hard way that cowboys don't remain young forever and that the inevitable wear and tear of a...


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The Time It Never Rained

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

“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...


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Stand Proud

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

“Pain resulting from other men's follies causes Stand Proud's Frank Claymore to develop an iron will that heeds no man's judgment except his own, nor any...


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The Buckskin Line
Texas Rangers
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

“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...


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The Day the Cowboys Quit

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

“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...


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Eyes of the Hawk

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

“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...


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Ranger's Law
Texas Rangers
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Ranger's Law brings together the fourth, fifth, and sixth of Elmer Kelton's novels on the formative years of the Texas Rangers. Kelton's young heroes, Rusty...


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The Raiders: Sons of Texas
Sons of Texas
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Ten years have passed since Michael Lewis made his first venture into Texas, now a province of Mexico. Together with a small number of Americans pioneering on...


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Barbed Wire

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Six Bits a Day
Hewey Calloway
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Hewey Calloway, the best-loved cowboy in all of Western fiction, returns in this novel of his younger years as he and his beloved brother Walter leave the...


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Captain's Rangers

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Sons of Texas
Sons of Texas
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Brush Country

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Lone Star Rising
Texas Rangers
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

In Lone Star Rising, Elmer Kelton ("A Texas Legend," according to Texas Governor Rick Perry), brings together the first three books of his acclaimed Texas...


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Texas Vendetta
Texas Rangers
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

In this fifth volume of his Texas Rangers series, Elmer Kelton takes the young ranger Andy Pickard, once a Comanche captive called Badger Boy, into the midst...


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Llano River

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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After the Bugles
Buckalew Family
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Shadow of a Star

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Donovan

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Bowie's Mine
Buckalew Family
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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The Way of the Coyote
Texas Rangers
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

The Civil War has ended, and Union soldiers and federal officials have taken control of Texas as Rusty Shannon rides to his home on the Colorado River. As a...


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Long Way To Texas

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Lieutenant David Buckalew and his men had left Texas on a march westward to claim the entire Southwest for the Confederacy. But defeat after humiliating defeat...


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Joe Pepper

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Hanging Judge

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Badger Boy
Texas Rangers
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Massacre At Goliad
Buckalew Family
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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,...


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The Good Old Boys
Hewey Calloway
Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

Hewey Calloway has a problem. In his West Texas home of 1906, the land of the way of life that he loves are changing too quickly for his taste. Hewey dreams...


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Cloudy in the West

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Hot Iron

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Texas Rifles

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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Buffalo Wagons

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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,...


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Bitter Trail

Elmer Kelton
Forge Books

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...


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