"When I taught American literature at the Univ. of Iowa, a colleague taught a 'Great Westerns' course devoted to novels. Vardis Fisher's MOUNTAIN MAN, Alan LeMay's THE SEARCHERS, A.B. Guthrie's THE BIG SKY. Charles Portis's TRUE GRIT. Clearly Westerns can be literature. I suspect that Johnny D. Boggs would be on the syllabus today." -- David Morrell, best-selling author of First Blood and The Brotherhood of the Rose
A 15-year-old New Mexico body is forced to replace his injured father on a grueling, 1,800-mile horse race from the Texas coast to New England, riding a half-broke mustang stallion named Taos Lightning. This Young Adult-Crossover Novel won Boggs a record eighth Spur Award from Western Writers of America.
Roundup: "With quirky characters and a course rooted deep in American history, Boggs proves he’s a master of dialog and setting...."