A Tale Out Of Luck
Author: Willie Nelson with Mike Blakely
ISBN: 978-1-59995-732-6 Pages: 256, $21.99, Publication Date: September 3, 2008, Hard Cover, Fiction, Published by Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group.
This is the first novel by music legend WillieNelson, co-authored with MikeBlakely.Willie built the town of Luck, Texas, which inspired A Tale Out of Luck.
Captain HankTomlinson, a well-respected retired Texas Ranger, owner of the Broken Arrow Ranch is the main character.He is also known as a famous Indian fighting lawman.
The epic tale opens with a mysterious drifter, WesJames, a horse rustler, being found bludgeoned to death and scalped.Hank believes this murder resembles a strange string of murders from his past when he investigated them.Hank is concerned there will be Indian uprisings.He and his son JayBlue, together with his adopted brother Skeeter, who has never known his parents, are enmeshed in many dangerous confrontations, too big for them to handle alone.
Hank’s prized Kentucky mare has gone missing and he suspects she jumped the corral fence following El Grullo, aka “The Steel Dust Gray”.This stallion is believed to be a ghost and is feared by the Comanche.Trailing the missing horse develops heightened excitement in the desert and in the meantime he tracks James’ killer.He believes the Comanche are not involved. Hank’s love interest, FloraBarlow, owner of the Luck saloon, eavesdrops on conversations in her establishment and gathers important information for Hank in his quest to find the killer.
Colorful heroes make this story appealing while they face incredible odds.A strange hero emerges, JubalHayes, an albino-looking man with an uncanny ability to attract horses to follow him. Others include fierce black troopers who come to the aid of Hank and his crew.MattKenyon, new lawman in town, jails Hank and his son.He is instrumental in bringing justice to the new frontier.
JackBrennan, a deceitful and powerful man incites a deadly battle between soldiers and Indians demonstrating that fighting is definitely unnecessary when wrongfully provoked.
Unusual and fascinating characters abound in this Texas town, making a great old-fashioned western.Just imagine, bullets flying, arrows whizzing, blazing horse barns, and a realistic final bloody battle between Indians, soldiers, outlaws, and lawmen.And, of course, the good ol’ boys win!