Elmer Kelton’s The Unlikely Lawman
Elmer Kelton’s “The Unlikely Lawman”
By Steve Kelton
— A Hewey Calloway Adventure —
Kelton’s Hewey Calloway, one of the best-loved cowboys in all of western fiction, returns in this novel of his middling years, as he looks for work in 1904 West Texas.
Calloway is heading north to Colorado on a horse drive for an old friend when he gets word that one of his hired hands is planning to rob him. After the plot is foiled, the fugitive horse hand is on the run and leaving bodies in his wake.
Hewey is deputized to help bring the criminal to justice, and has responsibility that he’s long avoided. Never known for his skill — or lack thereof — with a pistol, he prays that he and the retired Texas Ranger can put an end to this trail of death.
Elmer’s son, Steve Kelton, keeps the Calloway saga going with this novel. Steve did a great job preserving the style and voice of his father.
Steve had started on still another Hewey Calloway story, but Steve died last spring after a long illness. So there may or may not be another book forthcoming.
Mass market paperback, 278 pages.
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