A Texas Literary Classic
A tale of high adventure of the first order, with some of the most memorable characters to be found in the literature of the Old West. Selected by A.C. Greene as on of THE 50 BEST BOOKS ON TEXAS.
In this publisher´s opinion, this is the best Western ever written. It is still used as part of the curriculum at the University of Texas´ Life and Literature of the Southwest, the course first taught by the legendary J. Frank Dobie.
First published by Doubleday in 1968, this ironic tale of the Old Southwest--introduced by Bill Wittliff--recounts the life story of one Peter Hermano McGill, whose brawling progress across the frontier ends in his surprising elevation as the first Roman Catholic saint in North America.
"An absolutely first-rate account of the rambunctious life and times of the Reconstruction years in Texas...an enthralling era of derring-do which finds its perfect chronicler in Mr. Shrake. His novel has all the vigor and excitement of a war Apache in full cry."
"Shrake writes in a hard-driving, ironic style of extreme naturalism, giving a very different view of McGill´s sainthood and providing a colorful description of the old West."
New York Review of Books
"The high adventure in Mr. Shrake´s book is interwoven with fascinating material about the lives and customs of the Indians."