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Streets of Laredo by Larry McMurtry
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Dec 01, 2007

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Read in November, 2007

I bought this in Chicago for Aaron, but then it was the only thing I had to read on the train. I thought I might just read enough of it to pass the time, but I got sucked into the story and really enjoyed it (I like Westerns, you know). Now I'll have to circle back and read Lonesome Dove, although the fates of many of the characters have been revealed to me already.

Without giving too much away, I can say that the story centers on an aging Woodrow Call. The old Ranger has been hired by the railroad to hunt down a young bandit named Joey Garza who is hijacking trains and killing indescriminately. There is considerable fighting and shooting, and quite a few deaths.

"Life makes everybody strange, if you keep living long enough," Billy told Maria, once.

Maria disagreed. "I am not strange," she said. "I could be a happy woman, if I had a little help."

"Well, I'll help you," Billy said. "You name it, I'll do it."

"If you really wanted to help me, I wouldn't have to name it," Maria said. "You'd be doing it right now."

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