With Hot Iron and The Time It Never Rained, this omnibus by legendary Western writer Elmer Kelton offers two complete novels of the American West at one low price
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 already wrestling with a slew of problems when he lands a job on a ranch on the Texas plains—and more trouble finds him. 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?
The Time It Never Rained
To the ranchers and farmers of 1950s Texas, man’s greatest enemy is one he can’t control. With entire livelihoods pegged on the chance of a wet year or a dry year, drought has the ability to crush whole enterprises, to determine who stands and falls, and to rob workers and their families of food. To Charlie Flagg, an honest, decent, and cantankerous rancher, the drought of the early 1950s is a foe he must fight on his own grounds. Refusing the questionable “help” of federal aid programs, Charlie and his family struggle to make the ranch survive until the time it rains again—if it ever will.
Espy 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...
Praise for Hot Iron and The Time It Never Rained
“One of the greatest and most gifted of Western writers.”
—Historical Novel Society
“Elmer Kelton is a Texas treasure.”
—El Paso Herald-Post
“Voted ‘the greatest Western writer of all time’ by the Western Writers of America, Kelton creates characters more complex than L’Amour's.”
“Kelton writes of early Texas with unerring authority.”
—Fort Worth Star-Telegram
“You can never go wrong if . . . you pick up a title by Elmer Kelton.”
“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.”