Texas Ranger Andy Pickard, newly married and unsure of himself and his choice of career, is given what appears to be a routine assignment: find and arrest a horse trader named Donley Bannister who is accused of murder. The difficulty begins after Andy locates Bannister’s West Texas hideout and is shot by one of the trader’s cohorts. In an ironic twist, Bannister saves the ranger’s life by taking him to a cow camp where his wound can be treated. Then Bannister disappears.
This routine assignment gets even more complicated after Andy heals well enough to ride and follows the trader’s young wife, hoping she will lead him to her husband. Near Fort Concho the ranger’s mission is interrupted when Bannister is shot and left for dead by an outlaw who takes Geneva Bannister hostage and brutally assaults her.
Even after Bannister is apprehended, danger lurks; one of the trader’s enemies is determined to ambush the ranger and his prisoner.
From the experience, Andy Pickard learns a valuable lesson: nothing stirs emotions in Texas as men stealing other men’s horses.
“Elmer Kelton is truly a Texas legend.”
--Rick Perry, Governor of Texas
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--Lucia St. Clair Robson, author of Shadow Patriots
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--Stephen Harrigan, author of The Gates of the Alamo
“Kelton tosses in some dramatic and satisfying plot twists to give this tale extra punch. This is an exciting outing, with Kelton’s signature western authenticity and characters drawn outside the typical western formula.”
--Publishers Weekly on Other Men’s Horses
“[Kelton is] the premier writer of western literature. The native Texan, who has authored more than 50 novels, is a legend and an author known to work the shades of gray.”
--Senior News (Austin, Texas) on Hard Trail to Follow
“As with all of Kelton's westerns, characters are colorful and well drawn, the action is fast and bloody, and the plotting carefully thought out, making this another supercharged yarn.”
--Publishers Weekly on Texas Sunrise