Cloudy in the West (Google eBook)

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Macmillan, Apr 1, 2011 - Fiction - 256 pages
5 Reviews
In the Texas backlands in 1885, twelve-year-old Joey Shipman's father dies under mysterious circumstances, and the boy is forced to live with his stepmother and Blair Meacham, a hanger-on at the farm. After the death of a black farmhand and friend, and another "accident" that almost takes Joey's life, the boy runs away and joins forces with his only kin--Beau Shipman, a drunk and a jailbird. Beau, along with an outlaw, a San Antonio prostitute, and a sheepman, become Joey's unlikely partners as he is trailed by their murderous Meacham , in league with Joey's stepmother in their scheme to inherit the Shipman farm.

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User Review  - Jeff - Goodreads

Cloudy in the West (1997) This is another stellar western novel by Elmer Kelton. Joe Shipman is a twelve year old living with his hard scrabble farmer father in the Texas Llano River country. Ma dies ... Read full review

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User Review  - Pat Fahrenthold - Goodreads

12 year-old Joey Shipman runs away from home after his father dies, meets a cousin, and heads to California. Read full review

Contents

CHAPTER 1
1
CHAPTER 2
14
CHAPTER 3
30
CHAPTER 4
41
CHAPTER 5
53
CHAPTER 6
66
CHAPTER 7
77
CHAPTER 8
93
CHAPTER 10
122
CHAPTER 11
140
CHAPTER 12
156
CHAPTER 13
172
CHAPTER 14
190
CHAPTER 15
204
CHAPTER 16
216
CHAPTER 17
229

CHAPTER 9
108

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About the author (2011)

Elmer Kelton (1926-2009) was the award-winning author of more than forty novels, including The Time It Never Rained, Other Men’s Horses, Texas Standoff and Hard Trail to Follow. He grew up on a ranch near Crane, Texas, and earned a journalism degree from the University of Texas. His first novel, Hot Iron, was published in 1956. Among his awards have been seven Spurs from Western Writers of America and four Western Heritage awards from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. His novel The Good Old Boys was made into a television film starring Tommy Lee Jones. In addition to his novels, Kelton worked as an agricultural journalist for 42 years, and served in the infantry in World War II. He died in 2009.

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