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Hot Iron and The Time It Never Rained
By (author): Elmer Kelton
9781250177865 Paperback, Mass market English General Trade FICTION / Westerns Nov 26, 2019 Print Run: 100000
$13.50 CAD
Forthcoming 4.13 x 7.5 x 1.47 in 720 pages Tor/Forge Forge Books

WithHot 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

Hot Iron
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.

ELMER KELTON (1926-2009) was the seven-time Spur Award-winning author of more than forty novels and the recipient of the Owen Wister Lifetime Achievement award. His books included the Texas Rangers and Sons of Texas series,The Time It Never Rained,Other Men’s Horses,Texas Standoff, andHard Trail to Follow. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for forty-two years, and served in the infantry in World War II.

“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.”
Kirkus Reviews

“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.”
American Cowboy

“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.”
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