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Hard Trail To Follow (Texas Rangers)
by Elmer Kelton
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In this, the seventh novel in Kelton's acclaimed Texas Ranger series, former Texas Ranger Andy Pickard ("Badger Boy" as he was known as a youth living among Comanches), leaves his fiancée's farm in north central Texas. He begins to track the man, Luther Cordell, who he believes killed his friend, Sheriff Tom Blessing. Pickard is mistaken. But although Cordell did not kill Blessing, the robber-ringleader must be brought to Ranger justice and the rest sorted out later.
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Luther Cordell gets himself locked up after robbing a bank (honorable enough) but then must hightail it after a partner kills the sheriff during his jailbreak (not honorable). While eluding the law, Cordell laments his life of crime and how easily he could have been an upstanding citizen had one or two breaks fallen his way. In his wake, Ranger Andy Pickard becomes increasingly baffled as each person along Cordell's trail can't heap enough praise about how good a man that criminal seemed to be, deep down.
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