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The Rustlers was first published in Zane Grey’s Western, February 1953. Now according to the official Elmore Leonard website The Rustlers is set in Arizona but Leonard’s title for it, when it was submitted for sale was “Along The Pecos” – the Pecos is a river that doesn’t originate or pass through Arizona (instead it flows south from New Mexico and into Texas before it joins the Rio Grande, the border between Texas and Mexico proper. In fact, the story begins near Anton Chico, New Mexico, what is now a “census designated place” just south of the head of the Pecos. In any case, The Rustlers was Elmore Leonard’s 11th story, we are told, and similar legend suggests that Leonard’s first dozen tales sold for 2 cents a word; meaning this story, at approx 5,762 words, probably earned him about $115.
The Rustlers by Elmore Leonard
read by Tommy Patrick Ryan
|MP3| – 30 minutes 4 seconds [UNABRIDGED]
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