The old Apache renegade Soldado Viejo is hiding out in Mexico, and the Arizona Department Adjutant has selected two men to hunt him down. One - Dave Flynn - knows war, the land, and the nature of his prey. The other is a kid lieutenant named Bowers. But there's a different kind of war happening in Soyopa. And if Flynn and his young associate choose the wrong allies - and the wrong enemy - they won't be getting out alive.
Dave Flynn stretched his boots over the footrest and his body eased lower into the barber chair. It was hot beneath the striped cloth, but the long ride down from Fort Thomas had made him tired and he...
Elmore Leonard wrote more than forty books during his long career, including the bestsellers Raylan, Tishomingo Blues, Be Cool, Get Shorty, and Rum Punch, as well as the acclaimed collection When the Women Come Out to Dance, which was a New York Times Notable Book. Many of his books have been made into movies, including Get Shorty and Out of Sight. The short story "Fire in the Hole," and three books, including Raylan, were the basis for the FX hit show Justified. Leonard received the Lifetime Achievement Award from PEN USA and the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. He died in 2013.
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When writing "Race to the River" I based the storyline loosely on two things. The book "The Bounty Hunters" by Elmore Leonard and the movie "The Scalp Hunters" which starred among others Burt Lancaster, Telly Savalas,, Shelley Winters and Ossie Davis. Although there was a comedic element to the movie, the storyline of a group of white men taking scalps from Indians with the intention of selling them in Mexico prompted me to write something similar. Although "Race to the River" contains few elements of comedy, the movie in particular got me to thinking about what would it have been like if Burt Lancaster's character (Joe Bass) had pursued Telly Savalas' band of scalp hunters to Mexico and this was the basis of my latest novel.