The Far Canyon

The Far Canyon

Book - 1994
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A sequel to the Spur Award-winning Slaughter finds hunter Jeff Layne returning to Texas to find himself caught up in a border war, and his old enemy Comanche Crow Feather trying to escape with his family from reservation life.

Blackwell North Amer
Elmer Kelton's authentic American voice and honest prose have earned him a place as one of the great western storytellers of all time. Kirkus Reviews calls his writing "spare, unadorned, and sophisticated." The New York Times estimates him "one of the best of a new breed of western writers." Now, in The Far Canyon, Kelton once again surpasses his previous novels, recalling with vivid simplicity the glories and hardships of life on the American frontier.
Jeff Layne, the young Confederate veteran and hide hunter of Kelton's award-winning epic, Slaughter, is older and ready to forsake the Staked Plains, now littered with the bleached skeletons of massacred buffalo. He has decided to return to his southern Texas homeplace and settle into the relatively peaceful life of a cattle rancher. Accompanied by his business partners Nigel and Arletta Smithwick, and his irrepressibly cheerful friend Cap Doolittle, Jeff retraces his steps along the Dodge City-Wichita trail.
Unfortunately, times have changed in the border town of Piedras, Texas, and the disillusioned Jeff finds himself caught in the midst of a fierce border war between dispossessed Mexican ranchers and his longtime enemy, Vesper Freed. Jeff has never forgotten how Vesper ousted the Laynes from their land under the carpetbagger regime. Nor has he forgotten that Freed married the woman he once loved. When the violence escalates, Jeff sides with the Mexicans.
If Jeff can get out alive, he plans to drive his Longhorn herd north to a distant canyon he remembers from his hide-hunting days, a natural sanctuary where the buffalo once roamed free, and where Jeff hopes he can at last find peace.

& Taylor

Jeff Layne returns to Texas and finds himself caught up in a border war, and his old enemy Comanche Crow Feather tries to escape with his family from reservation life

Publisher: New York : Doubleday, c1994
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385248952
Branch Call Number: Western Kel
Characteristics: 323 p. ; 25 cm


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kdwaynec Dec 31, 2015

I read 'Slaughter' first and thought it was great, so I tried another Kelton book, choosing it by the cover. Surprise! It is 'Slaughter, part 2'. Not quite as good, but really enjoyable.


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