Hewey Calloway, one of the best-loved cowboys in all of Western
fiction, returns in this novel of his younger years as he and his
beloved brother Walter leave the family farm in 1889 to find work
in the West Texas cow country.
The brothers are polar opposites. Walter pines for a sedate life as
a farmer, with wife and children; Hewey is a fiddle-footed cowboy
content to work at six bits--75 cents--a day on the Pecos River
ranch owned by the penny-pinching C.C. Tarpley. Hewey, who "usually
accepted the vagaries of life without getting his underwear in a
twist," is fun-loving and whiskey-drinking. He spends every penny
he earns and regularly gets into trouble with his boss--and
occasionally with the law--often dragging innocent Walter
When Walter falls in love with a boarding house girl and begins
dreaming of a farmer's life, Hewey jumps at the chance to rescue
him from this fate worse than death. He convinces Walter to join
him on a mission for Tarpley, driving 600 head of cattle from
beyond San Antonio to the Double-C ranch on the Pecos.
The journey is both memorable and dangerous: a murderous outlaw is
searching for Hewey; and another ruthless character is determined
to sabotage the cattle drive. When the drovers reach the Pecos they
find Boss Tarpley in the midst of a vicious range feud with Eli
Jessup, a neighboring cowman. Hewey and his brother Walter have to
get the herd safely across Jessup's land-but how?
The events of" Six Bits a Day" precede those of Kelton's
bestselling" The Good Old Boys" (1978, transformed into the
memorable 1995 movie starring Tommy Lee Jones and Sissy Spacek),
and "The Smiling Country" (Forge, 1998).
At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without
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