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The trail to Honk Ballard's bones
Brown, Sam, 1945-
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New York : Walker, 1990.
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222 pages ; 22 cm
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Booklist Review

Texas, 1896: Honk Ballard signs on for a cattle drive to Montana. By chance he befriends another itinerant cowpoke, Burl Lewis. After a fairly innocent misadventure involving a loose lady, a bottle of whiskey, and an abandoned lookout post, the two hit the trail together. When two lawmen intercept them and a deadly gun battle ensues, Honk discovers that his trail mate is a bank robber. Romance and revenge follow Honk to the conclusion of his adventure. Brown's second novel should solidify his growing reputation as a western writer. --Wes Lukowsky

Library Journal Review

Texas cow country in the 1890s is the scene of most of the action in this novel. Honk Ballard, known as Will Smith, is an outlaw on the run. In Texas he seeks a cache of stolen money on the homestead of Burl, his companion whom he has supposedly killed and buried in the desert. Instead of the money, he finds Burl's beautiful widow, whom he marries. After 14 months of happiness Will is faced with the problem--what does an honorable man do when his past catches up with him and imperils all he treasures? The author, a cowboy himself, knows life in Texas cow country and has the skill to make it come alive for the reader. The implausible structural device is a minor fault in this absorbing story.-- Sister Avila, Acad. of Holy Angels, Minneapolis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.