Hot Iron

Elmer Kelton

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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 his own--and more troubles find him when he lands a job on a ranch on the Texas plains. Bitter landowners plot against him, determined cattle thieves sneak right under his nose, and his own son refuses to trust or even know him. Can he catch the thieves, save the ranch, and win his son's love?

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Hot Iron
OneESPY NORWOOD found Matt Ollinger's herd just about the way he had figured he would. He put his horse down the gentle slope in an easy trot and rode in toward the railroad shipping pens. His bay horse shied off like a raw bronc and rolled its nose excitedly at the steaming locomotive which waited there, a tendril of coal smoke spiraling up from its high smokestack into the open Kansas sky. A long string of stock cars stretched out behind it on the cinder-stained spur track.Norwood edged his horse through the shadow of the tall water tower and circled around the sprawling railroad

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"One of the best of a new breed of Western writers who have driven the genre into new territory."--The New York Times

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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. Hot Iron was his first novel and 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.

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Hot Iron
Elmer Kelton

Mass Market Paperbound

Mass Market Paperbound
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
March 1998
Mass Market Paperbound
ISBN: 9780812551198
ISBN10: 0812551192
4 3/16 x 6 3/4 inches, 224 pages
$5.99

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Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
March 1998
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781466817951
ISBN10: 146681795X
224 pages
$5.99
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