Elmer Kelton writes of his beloved home country of West Texas in these two novels of cowmen and cow country.In Pecos Crossing, two young cowboys, Johnny Fristo and Speck Quitman, have been cheated of six months’ hard-earned salary by their rancher boss Larramore and intend getting what is due to them. In Shotgun, Texas rancher Blair Bishop has to contend with a rival cowman who is turning his herd loose on Bishop‘s land, and with a mean customer named Macy Modock, who Bishop sent to prison ten years past. Modock is out of the hoosegow and has returned determined to get even with the man who sent him up the river.
"Kelton’s exquisite style develops the themes of a love of liberty and a suspicion of authority that taps deep into Texas’ Heritage..." — James L. Haley, Passionate Nation: The Epic History of Texas
"San Angelo novelist Elmer Kelton knows intimately the work and ways of the West. That’s why real cowboys love his writing. " — Southern Living
"One thing is certain: As long as there are writers as skillful as Elmer Kelton, Western literature will never die." — True West magazine
"Elmer Kelton writes of West Texas with unerring authority." — Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"Kelton, like fine wine, just keeps getting better and better." — Tulsa World