I love Larry McMurtry, his westerns are wonderful. This book is the best, the whole series is good but nothing compares to this first one. If you aren't an avid reader the unabridged audio book is fantastic and they did a nice job on the mini series as well. Unforgettable characters; Gus and Woodrow became the names of my first 2 Basset Hounds! Unbelievable action and plot development.