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Duel in the Sun

(1944)
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Spanish Bit Ranch is the insular domain of Senator Jackson McCanles; a kingdom carved from the Texas soil in the 1880's and containing thousands of acres of "steers and wire, mesa and windmills and horses, cap rock and barren trail and pleasant river shallows." A way of life ruled by the Code of the Plains and carefully constructed to withstand the relentless path of progress and interfering outsiders.

But, despite their efforts, the Senator and Mrs. McCanles and their four sons are not destined to go on as they always had. Certainly not with the coming of the railroad and the arrival of a 12 year old Pearl Chavez.

Pearl is a poor niece only remotely related to Mrs. McCanles, but she is no ordinary girl. By eighteen, her brownish-green eyes, ropy black hair, and olive skin seasoned by the Texas sun, had captured the hearts of three young men; hearts soon gripped with jealousy and discontent. When young Pearl chooses the wild and irresponsible second son, Lewt - a match not sanctioned by the McCanles family - Lewt gets into a shooting scrape and has to leave the range and live as an outlaw. In the midst of his son's tempestuous affair, Senator McCanles, an astute but inflexible old-line rancher, finds himself caught in the controversy of the advancing railroad. However, his oldest son, a young and upcoming lawyer, also in love with Pearl, takes an opposing position, and the rift in the family's murky solidarity deepens - Mrs. McCanles begins to drink, sons are pitted against sons, and a father must face the unfaceable.

 
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Hardback Editions

June 1997 : USA Hardback
Title: Duel in the Sun
Author(s): Niven Busch
ISBN: 0-8488-0934-3 / 978-0-8488-0934-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Amereon Ltd
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December 1971 : UK Hardback
Title: Duel in the Sun
Author(s): Niven Busch
ISBN: 0-85617-710-5 / 978-0-85617-710-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: TBS The Book Service Ltd
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Paperback Editions

June 1985 : USA Mass Market Paperback
Title: Duel in the Sun
Author(s): Niven Busch
ISBN: 0-345-32408-0 / 978-0-345-32408-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books (Mm)
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October 1977 : USA Paperback
Title: Duel in Sun
Author(s): Niven busch
ISBN: 0-671-81290-4 / 978-0-671-81290-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pocket
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May 1970 : UK Paperback
Title: Duel in the Sun
Author(s): Niven Busch
ISBN: 0-583-11401-6 / 978-0-583-11401-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Mayflower
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Kindle Editions

September 2013 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: Duel in the Sun
Author(s): Niven Busch
Publisher: eNet Press Inc.
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