The classic novel that inspired the motion picture Lonely Are the Brave—a stirring and unforgettable tribute to the American hero and American West. A classic of modern Western literature, The Brave Cowboy follows Jack Burns, a loner at odds with modern civilization. He rides a feisty chestnut mare across the New West—a once beautiful land now smothered beneath airstrips and superhighways. An “anarchist cowboy,” he lives by a personal code of ethics that sets him on a collision course with the keepers of law and order. After a prison breakout plan goes awry, he finds himself and his horse, Whisky, pursued across the desert toward the mountains that lead to Mexico and to freedom. With local law enforcement, the feds, and the military on their tails, the cowboy and his horse race toward their destiny. “One of the best writers to deal with the American West.”—Washington Post “The Thoreau of the American West.”—Larry McMurtry… (more)
To the outlaws - to all of them: the good and the bad, the ugly and the pretty, the dead and the live
He was sitting on his heels in the cold light of the dawn, drawing pale flames through a handful of twigs and dry crushed glass.
From the black arroyo came the scream of the horse, then the sound of the first shot and another scream; - while over the great four-lane highway beside them the traffic roared and whistled and thundered by, steel, rubber, and flesh, dim faces behind glass, beating hearts, cold hands - the fury of men and women immured in engines.