Long Way to Texas

Three Novels

Elmer Kelton

Forge Books

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In Joe Pepper, the titular character, while awaiting a hangman’s noose, tells the story of how he discovered a propensity for violence while seeking revenge. The irony is that Joe’s keen sense of justice puts him on he wrong side of the law.

Long Way to Texas, taking place just after the Civil War battle of Glorieta Pass in New Mexico, is the story of Lt. David Buckalew, whose remnant of Confederate riflemen is under siege and low on rations and water. Complicating matters is the young officer’s self-doubt and fear of failure.

Thomas Canfield of Eyes of the Hawk, known to the Mexican citizens of his town of Stonehill, Texas, as "El Gavilán"—the Hawk—is not a man to forgive a wrong. He sets out to prove this to an insolent ranchman rival who intends to build a fortune at Canfield’s expense. The Hawk has a radically different idea: he will destroy the town before yielding to his enemy.

This omnibus edition of three novels by Elmer Kelton features an introduction by Dale L. Walker, author of twenty-three novels and a past president of the Western Writers of America.

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Long Way to Texas
JOE PEPPER 
 
CHAPTER 1Well, preacher, if you've come to pray over me in my last hours, I'm afraid it's too late. I've seen a few of them last-minute conversions, and I never put much stock in them. I doubt as the Lord does, either. But I'm grateful for your company anyway. Looks like they're going to hammer on that scaffold out there all night, so I won't be getting no sleep. Far as I'm concerned they could put it off a day or two and not work so hard.Don't be bashful. If you want to hear my story, all you got to do is ask for it.

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What they say about Elmer Kelton:

“Elmer Kelton is truly a Texas legend.”
—Rick Perry, Governor of Texas

“Elmer Kelton is a genuine, unaffected, kind and gentle man, the sort who, in person, makes you want to hunker down and listen to his stories, his voice, and his wisdom.”
—Judy Alter, author of Elmer Kelton and West Texas: A Literary Relationship


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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.

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Long Way to Texas
Three Novels
Elmer Kelton

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
May 2013
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9780765329776
ISBN10: 0765329778
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 496 pages
$19.99

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Hardcover
Tom Doherty Associates
Forge Books
September 2011
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780765329769
ISBN10: 076532976X
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 496 pages
$25.99
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