(From the publisher):
To Elmer Kelton, the brush country of southwest Texas is home. Nobody knows Texas's history, people, beauty, and dangers as well as this greatest of America's writers.Brush Country: Two Texas Novels
Barbed Wire, the first novel in this omnibus, is the story of onetime cowboy Doug Monahan, who runs a fencing crew outside the town of Twin Wells. Monagan, a likeable, hardworking Irishman, and his workers dig potholes and string red-painted barbed wire for ranchers as protection against wandering stock, rustlers, and land-hungry cattle barons.
Their fencing operation is opposed by Captain Andrew Rinehart, a former Confederate officer and an old-school open-range cowman of the huge R Cross spread. With his brutal foreman, Archer Spann - who does the violent work of chasing squatters off the range - Rinehart wages a barbed-wire war against Doug Monahan.
A second colorful tale of the brush country is Llano River. Dundee, a onetime cowboy, and one of Monahan's fencing crew in Barbed Wire, wanders into the town of Titusville broke, tired, and itching for a fight. Town patriarch John Titus hires Dundee to find out who is rustling his cattle, but he already has a culprit in mind - Blue Roan Hardesty. Once a friend, now a sworn enemy of the powerful Titus clan, Hardesty is Titus's choice for villain - but Dundee is determined to find out the truth, even if it costs him his job.
Original title: Brush Country: Two Texas Novels
Genre: Fiction→ Western→ Cattle Kingdoms
Fiction→ Western→ Texas And Mexico
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