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Hanging Judge and Bowie's Mine

Hanging Judge and Bowie's Mine

Two Complete Novels of the American West

Elmer Kelton

Forge Books


Hanging Judge and Bowie's Mine offers two classic novels of the Old West for one low price, by renowned Western writer Elmer Kelton.

Hanging Judge

Justin Moffitt is eager to help keep the peace as a deputy marshal in small-town Texas. That is, until Justin is assigned to the wrong marshal--a "hanging judge" who is as famous for his ruthlessness as he is for his commitment to justice. When Justin's boss hangs a controversial criminal, Justin must defend himself against an army of friends and relatives, desperate for revenge.

Bowie’s Mine

Daniel Provost is the son of a farmer. Living up to his father's high standards for the farm is very hard work, but his life is basically comfortable and a loving woman is waiting to become his wife.
When a well-traveled stranger, bearing a story of Jim Bowie's legendary silver mine, appears at the farm, Daniel might just throw away everything for the chance at adventure he thought had passed him by.


Hanging day always drew a crowd to Fort Smith.

Sam Dark had often pondered—without finding answers—the macabre side of human nature that made people travel long miles to watch a man die. If it weren’t his job, he...

Praise for Hanging Judge and Bowie's Mine

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

“One of the greatest and most gifted of Western writers.”
Historical Novel Society

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

Reviews from Goodreads

Elmer Kelton

Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was the seven-time Spur Award-winning author of more than forty novels--including Stand Proud, Hanging Judge, and Hard Ride--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.

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