Synopses & Reviews
"Comanche Moon" by Larry McMurtry, a brilliant and haunting novel richly capable of standing on its own, completes the author's epic four-volume cycle of novels of the American West that began in 1985 with the Pulitzer Prize -- winning masterpiece, "Lonesome Dove."
We join Texas Rangers August McCrae and Woodrow F. Call in their middle years, just beginning to deal with the perplexing tensions of adult life -- Gus and his great love, Clara Forsythe; Call and Maggie Tilton, the young whore who loves him --when they enlist with a Ranger troop in pursuit of Buffalo Hump, the great Comanche war chief; Kicking Wolf, the celebrated Comanche horse thief; and a deadly Mexican bandit king with a penchant for torture. Assisting the Rangers in their wild chase is the renowned Kickapoo tracker, Famous Shoes.
"Comanche Moon" joins the twenty-year time line between "Dead Man's Walk" and "Lonesome Dove," as we follow beloved heroes Gus and Call and their comrades-in-arms -- Deets, Jake Spoon, and Pea Eye Parker -- in their bitter struggle to protect an advancing Western frontier against the defiant Comanches, courageously determined to defend their territory and their way of life.
In a giant, Texas-sized novel, packed with adventure, romance, and heartbreak, we follow the beloved central figures of Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove through their adult years -- as the friendship between the two brash youngsters that was tempered by the desperate hardships of Dead Man's Walk becomes the unbreakable bond between two equally proud but very different men.
Set against the long, bitter, bloody frontier fighting that pitted Texans against the Comanches for the control of West Texas, the story features Buffalo Hump, the enigmatic war chief whom McMurtry first introduced in Dead Man's Walk, and a younger Blue Duck, Gus's nemesis and Laurie's tormentor in Lonesome Dove, as well as a whole roster of characters who reemerge older, if not always wiser, in Lonesome Dove.
With plans for the miniseries already underway -- from the same producers who made Lonesome Dove, one of the most memorable miniseries in TV history -- Comanche Moon takes its place as the keystone of a remarkable edifice of American literature that has no equal in the breadth of its history, the sweep of its story, or the sheer energy of its writing and imagination.
About the Author
Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-one novels, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He has a reputation as a critically acclaimed author that is unequalled.