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Bitter Trail and Barbed Wire

Bitter Trail and Barbed Wire

Two Complete Novels

Elmer Kelton

Forge Books


At one low price, two complete novels by “one of the greatest and most gifted of Western writers.” (Historical Novel Society)

Bitter Trail
Tough teamster Frio Wheeler hauls cotton from Texas to Mexico. But as the Civil War rages through the South, Wheeler must contend with the most difficult challenges he’s ever faced, including imprisonment with the bandidos in league with Union sympathizers and the betrayal of his best friend—his former partner and brother of the woman he loves.

Barbed Wire
Irishman Doug Monahan runs a fencing crew outside the Texas town of Twin Wells, digging post-holes and stringing red-painted barbed wire for ranchers as protection against wandering stock, rustlers, and land-hungry thugs. This fencing operation is opposed by Captain Andrew Rinehart, a former Confederate officer and an old-school, open-range baron of the huge R Cross spread. Rinehart wages a barbed wire war against Monahan—and neither side takes prisoners.


The horse tracks appeared suddenly out of the chaparral, milled in brief disorder, then struck northward up the crooked wagon trail that snaked its dusty way through the mesquite and catclaw and prickly pear.

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Praise for Bitter Trail and Barbed Wire

“One of the best.”
The New York Times

“A splendid writer.”
The Dallas Morning News

“A genuine craftsman with an ear for dialogue and, more importantly, an understanding of the human heart.”

“A master storyteller.”
Publishers Weekly

“You can never go wrong if ... you pick up a title by Elmer Kelton.”
American Cowboy


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Elmer Kelton

ELMER KELTON (1926-2009) was the seven-time Spur Award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Way of the Coyote and The Smiling Country, and the recipient of the Owen Wister Lifetime Achievement award. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for forty-two years, and served in the infantry in World War II. He passed away in 2009.

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