Cowboys Come Home by Monte Dutton is a Brilliant and Gripping Western
Cowboys Come Home by Monte Dutton is a Brilliant and Gripping Western. Find out why it was selected by Kindle Scout by picking up your copy today!
Praise for Cowboys Come Home
"I've read a few Monte Dutton novels, and this one stands at the top of the heap. The post-WWII Western is an interesting angle, and there are enough twists and turns to keep you moving right through this read. The story, characters and action could turn Cowboys Come Home into a heck of a screenplay. Dutton keeps the story lean enough to where it moves along, but his narrative and dialogue paint a vivid picture of what returning home from a gruesome war would be like. Highly recommended."
A Message from Monte Dutton
How did I come to write a western?
Someone passed along a contact to a publisher interested in westerns. I expressed no interest because a novel is much too difficult if one is not in love with the story.
Then I took a long trip, and the story occurred to me as I was making my way toward Texas. I came back and put a query together. It wasn't what the publisher had in mind. It probably didn't have enough sagebrush and tumbleweeds.
I really love the Larry McMurtry novels Leaving Cheyenne and The Last Picture Show. The fencing in of a man's frontiers is a favorite metaphor of mine. I came up with this story of two young men, heroes in the Pacific during World War II, returning to Texas wanting nothing but peace. Texas has changed in their absence, much like the rest of the world, and there can be no peace for them when they return to their home on the range.
About Cowboys Come Home
Ennis Middlebrooks and Harry Byerly are warriors, and the time for fighting is past. They’re cowboys, and when they get back home to Texas, the time for cowboys is passing, too.
Monte Dutton’s fifth novel, Cowboys Come Home, begins on the island of Peleliu, where the two privates somehow manage to save themselves when cut off from their fellow Marines by the Japanese. Ennis and Harry come home to a hero’s welcome, but life gets complicated after that.
The Middlebrooks ranch, east of Janus, near the Oklahoma border, is rundown, and Ennis’s father is dying. Harry moves in, Mama Middlebrooks moves out, and Ennis takes a job as a deputy sheriff under a wise but aging lawman, Judson Lawson. His little sister, Becky, is wild beyond her years and takes an immediate shine to Harry, who is haunted by the war and prone to violence.
The closing of an Army base, Camp Ammons, is causing the town to die. The county loses nearly forty thousand infantry trainees and gains nearly sixty thousand acres. The ranchers it displaced are either long gone or too poor to purchase their land back. Men with political clout and money move in like vultures. Money buys influence and, with it, elections. Ennis
Middlebrooks goes from sheriff in waiting to disgraced lawman.
He and his old Marine pal, Harry Byerly, decide to do something about it.
An Interview with Harry Byerly by Monte Dutton
[Monte] What is your greatest fear?
"Not having a place to stay. That was right common when I was a young'un.'
[Monte] What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
"That war hardened me. A part of me can't leave it behind."
[Monte] Which living person do you most admire?
"Ennis and me served under General MacArthur, and what I like about the General is that he never got us slaughtered. He's a smart tactician, and he cared about the lives of his men. He's a tad uppity, but I reckon he ought to be."
[Monte] What is your greatest extravagance?
"I just like to cut loose every now and then. I like to drink, and chase women, and have to figure out where I am when I wake up in the morning. Not every night, mind you. I can't uphold the straight and narrow but so long."
[Monte] What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
"Stupid courage. Some folks glorify just marching straight into a bloodbath. It's a waste of good people."
Who is Harry Byerly?
Harry Byerly, war hero, an orphan who went off to war with no one to come home to. That's why he moved in with his buddy, Ennis Middlebrooks, when they got back to Texas.