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Hard Trail To Follow (Texas Rangers #7)
by Elmer Kelton
In this, the seventh novel in Kelton's acclaimed Texas Ranger series, former Texas Ranger Andy Pickard ("Badger Boy" as he was known as a youth living among Comanches), leaves hisfiancée’s farm in north central Texas. He begins to track the man, Luther Cordell, who he believes killed his friend, Sheriff Tom Blessing.Pickard is mistaken. But although Cordell did not kill Bl ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published January 8th 2008 by Forge Books
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Deftly plotted and fast moving, the 7th novel in Elmer Kelton's Texas Ranger series introduces a new character, escaped bank robber Luther Cordell, who is being tracked by Ranger turned farmer turned Ranger Andy ("Badger Boy") Pickard. Although he is on the wrong side of the law, Cordell is a sympathetic character who is kind to horses, won't rob old men, and tries to keep rookie outlaws from making the bad choices he has made. Nevertheless, Andy must see justice done and hold Luther accountabl ...more
Most of my books reviews will have this disclaimer. Most of the books in my library are audiobooks. I prefer audiobooks especially on long trips. I feel that if the book is that bad at least my time was not a complete waste. With that said I loved the book. The book was simple and easy to follow, but still had many twists and unexpected turns. The book opens as an outlaw and two other men had already robbed a bank. Luther Cordell is caught and is in the towns small jail. The town Sheriff is love ...more
Kelton always leaves you satisfied. I didn't know that this was a series when I picked it up, but it didn't seem to matter. I followed the story just fine. It was obvious that the characters had history, but for the most part you can get the gist of it without thinking to hard. It's nice to read a western once in a while and I'm glad I was shown an author that's clean (with a little foul language here and there).
Andy Pichard leaves the farm of his fiancee and rejoins the Texas Rangers after his friend Sherriff Tom Blessing is shot down during a jail break and he has yet another fight with his brother-in-law to be. Andy chases the escapee, Luther Cordell, all across WestTexas in aan effort to bring him to justice. Andy deals with other crimes during his pursuit.
A cowboy stuck under his brother-in-laws's dominance decides to turn lawman after a bank robbery. His pursuit sees him becoming aware of the good qualities of the man he is sworn to find and bring to justice. An interesting turn about at the end of the story.
I really enjoyed this book. It had just enough suspense to keep me reading until the end. The characters became better developed as the book went on. The antagonist was a likable character and was almost a protagonist throughout the story. Bravo Elmer.
Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men’s Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and ...moreMore about Elmer Kelton...
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