Brush Country

Two Texas Novels

Elmer Kelton

Forge Books

Download Image Elmer Kelton Brush Country

Available Formats

eBook
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 Monahan, who runs a fencing crew outside the town of Twin Wells. Monahan, a likeable, hard-working Irishman, and his workers dig post-holes and string red painted barb wire for ranchers as protection against wandering stock, rustlers, and land hungry cattle barons.
Their fencing operation is opposed by Captain Andrew Rinehart, a former Confederate officer and an old-school open range cowman of the huge R Cross spread. With his brutal foreman, Archer Spann—who does the violent work of chasing squatters off the range—Rinehart wages a barb wire war against Doug Monahan.
A second colorful tale of the brush country is Llano River. Dundee, a onetime cowboy, one of Monahan's fencing crew in Barbed Wire, wanders into the town of Titusville, broke, tired, and itching for a fight. Town patriarch John Titus hires Dundee to find out who is rustling his cattle, but he already has a culprit in mind—Blue Roan Hardesty. Once a friend, now a sworn enemy of the powerful Titus clan, Hardesty is Titus’s choice for villain—but Dundee is determined to find out the truth, even if it costs him his job.

Connect with the Author

Sign Up for
Author Updates

Macmillan Newsletter


Sign up to receive information about new books, author events, and special offers.

Sign up now

Book Excerpts

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One
It was a sorry way for a cowboy to make a living, Doug Monahan thought disgustedly. Bending his back over a rocky posthole, he plunged the heavy iron crowbar downward, hearing its angry ring and feeling the violent jar of it bruising the stubborn rock bottom. He rubbed sweat from his forehead onto his sleeve and straightened his sore back, pausing to rest a moment and look around.
 
Across the broad sweep of the gray-grass valley, up the brush-dotted hill and down again on the gentle far slope, new cedar posts stood erect like a long row of silent soldiers.

Read the full excerpt

Back

Reviews

Praise for Brush Country

Praise for Elmer Kelton:

"Kelton, like fine wine, just keeps getting better and better." -- Tulsa World

"Elmer Kelton is a Texas treasure, as important for his state as Willa Cathera is for Nebraska and Badger Clark for South Dakota. Kelton truly deserves to be made one of our immortals of literature." -- El Paso Herald-Post

“As always, Mr. Kelton’s history is accurate and his characters clearly drawn and believable.” –The Dallas Morning News on Jericho’s Road

“Storytelling as ripe as a bank ripe for robbing. Its quietly knifelike sentences will skin you alive.”--Kirkus Reviews on Texas Vendetta


Reviews from Goodreads

Back

About the Author

Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was the 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, and served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.

Elmer Kelton

Jim Bean Professional Photography
Back

Buy the Book

Available Formats and Book Details

Brush Country
Two Texas Novels
Elmer Kelton

e-Book Agency

e-Book Agency
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429912815
ISBN10: 1429912812
384 pages
$7.99
Back

From The Publisher

Forge Books

Latest on Facebook

Latest on Twitter

Back