Mass Market Paperbound
544 pages, 6.75 × 4.25 × 1.09 in
July 15, 1998
Tom Doherty Associates
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0812548329
ISBN - 13: 9780812548327
Read from the Book
ONE Caleb rubbed his trigger finger smoothly around the inside of the glass lantern chimney, a black smudge of soot collecting on his callused digit. Peering wide-eyed into the tarnished mirror held to the wall with horseshoe nails, he rubbed his blackened finger under one eye, smearing the soot across the curve of his cheekbone.He lifted the chimney from the coal-oil lantern and swabbed another lode of blackness from the bottom, painting it under his other eye. He probed deeper into the lantern globe, leaving a translucent band around the top and bottom of the glass, long overdue for a cleaning. He smeared the soot on his eyelids, across the bridge of his nose, and over the squint-creases reaching for his temples.A gust whistled through cracks in the board and batten wall, and Caleb Holcomb heard ice crystals pitting against the lone window. He grinned at the raccoon mask he had darkened on his face, admiring it from sundry angles, like a painted lady checking her rouge.The warmth of the potbellied stove and the smell of fried bacon from the lean-to kitchen made him dread the first step outside. But he had stayed here long enough. His belly was full of breakfast and his pockets jingled with silver. The weather would be warming down in Texas, and if he intended to get in on a roundup, he would have to start this week, if it wasn't already too late. No sense putting it off any longer.Milt Starling limped through the open door clenching an iron coffeepot by the handle with an
From the Publisher
Mike Blakely again takes us on the trail with cowboy musician Caleb Holcomb. Caleb now becomes embroiled in Wyoming's Johnson County War, the Arapaho uprisings, the West's bloody cattle wars, the great cattle drives, and the wild, lawless land rushes that settled the Indian Territory.
Through it all Caleb finds music, friends, and wonderful women. But will he ever settle down with Amelia Holcomb, his brother's widow, the only woman he's ever loved? Or will he stay too long at the dance?
About the Author
A native of Texas, Mike Blakely grew up working on the family ranch. He is a veteran of the United States Air Force and holds a Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is the former president of Western Writers of America and has taught fiction writing at numerous workshops nationwide. He is a winner of the Spur Award for Best Western Novel. Also a singer/songwriter, Blakely tours all over the U.S. and in Europe with his band and records his original songs on his own independent record label. He currently lives on his horse ranch near Marble Falls, Texas.
From Our Editors
Cowboy musician Caleb Holcomb returns in this breathtaking sequel to "Shortgrass Song", and takes readers through the West's bloody cattle wars, the last great cattle drives, and the wild, lawless land rushes that settled the Indian Territory. Regional media
"Crisp, enticing....Highly recommended." -American Cowboy
"The only formula here is talent. Blakely is a superb storyteller in the gritty tradition of Elmer Kelton and Benjamin Capps, and this is one of those Western novels with an unmistakably genuine spirit and style." -Books of the Southwest
"Plenty of good-guy-bad-guy action, a poignant love story, and an unerring sense of contemporary detail make this historical novel sing." -Texas Monthly