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Publisher's Summary

In Hard Trail to Follow, by seven-time Spur Award winner Elmer Kelton, young Texas Ranger Andy Pickard vows to track down the bank robber he thinks killed his friend and mentor. But as he traverses the rugged terrain, Andy's perplexed at the glowing reports of the felon's kindness and integrity.
©2007 Elmer Kelton; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"In the 1870s, former Texas Ranger Andy Pickard, now a restless farmer, drops his plow and straps on his guns when the local sheriff is murdered during a jailbreak. The dead sheriff, Tom Blessing, had been a father figure to Andy, who vows revenge for his killing. The escaped outlaw is Luther Cordell, a dangerous bank robber and leader of a small gang of desperate owlhoots. The search is long and arduous, and the posse Andy has assembled melts away until only Andy, now a fully reinstated Ranger, remains in solo pursuit. Cordell, meanwhile, is trying to recover the stolen bank loot he'd hidden when captured. Add in Cordell's disgusting relatives, two unlucky saloon stick-up artists, some kindly travelers, fancy gunplay and a remarkably surprising conclusion, and Kelton once again turns in an exciting and satisfying western tale." (Publishers Weekly)
"An engrossing, entertaining chase [that] will likely further enhance Elmer Kelton's hard-earned reputation." (Dallas Morning News)
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By Francesca on 07-09-10

A Western Masterpiece

A breathtaking chase with all the characters a great Western needs – outlaws, the brave lawmen, funny old men, a drunkard or 2, charming ladies – yet none of them is a stereotype. A thrilling story with a lot of action but also attention to the psychological and emotional side of characters, and an unpredictable plot.

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