After years of driving cattle and wearing a ranger's badge, disaffected Texan Ed Wright retires - intent on drowning his sorrows with whiskey. But then, widowed rancher Unita Nance - a mighty fine woman, any cowboy would agree - storms into Rosie's Shamrock Saloon and carts Ed's inebriated, six-foot frame out into the sunshine with a wheelbarrow. She has one last job for him, and she won't take no for an answer.
After sobering up, Ed bends under the pressure of Unita's charming persuasion and reluctantly gets back in the saddle. He prays that this will be his final cattle drive, and doesn't realize that scheming desperados are out to ensure it.
©2007 The Estate of Ralph Compton; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
Enjoying one good listen after the next!
A few years ago, I would have nixed reading westerns -- even modern westerns. Just not for me I thought. Then along came Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire books read by George Guidall and I was forever converted. Now I have slipped down that perilous slope into other westerns and have to say that they offer a wonderful respite from the diet of murder and mayhem I have been listening to via a plethora of suspense and thriller books. This Ralph Compton novel is just so very enjoyable -- there is ample action, wonderful descriptive writing, lots of dilemmas to be solved, some violence, some romance, and woven within are examinations of human ethics and decency. In this book, "Ed" has a troubled past and seeks his comfort in whiskey. It takes a strong, determined widow woman who needs to get her cattle to market to shake him from his stupor; help him meet and conquer his demons and create a life. Just a good listen in every way!
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