Dead Man's Walk by Larry McMurtry

Dead Man's Walk

Dead Man's Walk is the first, extraordinary book in the epic Lonesome Dove tetralogy, in which Larry McMurtry breathed new life into the vanished American West and created two of the most memorable heroes in contemporary fiction: Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call. As young Texas Rangers, Gus and Call have much to learn about survival in a land fraught with perils: not only the blazing heat and raging tornadoes, roiling rivers and merciless Indians...

Details Dead Man's Walk

TitleDead Man's Walk
Release DateOct 17th, 2000
PublisherSimon Schuster
GenreWesterns, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews Dead Man's Walk

  • Lawyer
    Dead Man's Walk: Where it all BeganWhen my Aunt gave my Grandfather Lonesome Dove for Christmas in 1985, I patiently waited for him to finish it before diving into the saga of Texas Rangers Woodrow McCall and Gus McRae. I thought it was a cracking good read. I figured I had seen the last of Call and Gus, though there was plenty more to tell if Larry McMurtry was of a mind to do it. Well, he was. Ended up with a tetralology, messing with my mind i...
  • Nate
    Dead Man's Walk couldn't POSSIBLY be a more apt title, as this book mainly consists of two things: walking and dying. This, the chronological first of the Gus & Call stories, is a surprisingly harsh and brutal series of expeditions in the Southwest, usually involving hostile Mexicans, Apache and/or Comanche. The titular stretch of hostile ground in modern-day New Mexico is so fucking desolate and uninhabitable that it was even used for the Trinit...
  • Jon
    While it was great to read about Gus and Call again - two of literature's more vivid characters - there seemed to be little point to DEAD MAN'S WALK other than "here's some more Gus & Call." While LONESOME DOVE contains not only great characters and stirring developments, but also meditates on themes of change, age and regret, here McMurtry seems content to just revisit his two leads and kick them around the old west for a few hundred pages. Most...
  • Dan
    My review for those who do not want to read this book:Hungry, thirsty, lost, hungry, thirsty, lost, hungry, thirsty, Comanches, hungry, thirsty, lost, hungry, thirsty, Mexicans, hungry, thirsty, walking, hungry, thirsty, walking.My Review for those who may:This book, while entertaining, is rather repetitive. I'm not sure how entertaining it would be without having read Lonesome Dove first (a clearly superior novel). Strangely, both Gus and Call a...
  • smetchie
    What a let-down. Prequels blow. I don't want to see my beloved, crusty, bad-ass cowboy heroes as young, inexperienced, frightened, blundering, bottom-of-the-totem-pole, young'ins any more than I want to see Darth Vader as an insolent, surly, teenager. It's not fun or cool or satisfying at all. I wonder if I'll ever learn.
  • Char
    Some years ago, my friend Tressa finally convinced me to read a western and that book was Lonesome Dove. It is now one of my favorite books of all time. Recently, I signed up for Audible, (to get a free audiobook, if I'm to be completely honest), and when I went to cancel the trial, they convinced me to stay on for a reduced price.I agreed to it and immediately went book shopping. Thanks to my lovely GR and BL friends, (mostly I'm looking at you ...
  • Carol Storm
    I really loved this "prequel" to the Western Classic LONESOME DOVE. In this story, Texas Rangers Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae are not seasoned veterans in the Wild West of the 1870's when the buffalo herds are gone and the Indian tribes nearly vanished. Instead they are boys in their teens, inhabiting a post-Alamo Texas where buffalo herds number in the millions and raiders of the mighty Comanche tribe can appear anywhere and inflict sudden death ...
  • Bob Mayer
    Lonesome Dove is one of my favorite books of all time. And a rare case where the casting of the mini-series was PERFECT. I've re-read the book several times.Dead Man's Walk precedes Lonesome Dove timewise. We meet many of the characters when they are younger. While not as good as LD, it's still a great read.The long walk across Texas is fascinating. I've driven it in my Jeep, I was so interested in it. Larry McMurtry is a master writer who has wr...
  • Craig
    Wow. What a stinkeroo this turned out to be. In fact, it sadly confirms the suspicions I had of McMurtry while reading Lonesome Dove which is to say he has incredible skill in drawing you into a rich, realistic, dusty Old West atmosphere but lacks the ability to create a well-structured story. Also, contrary to popular opinion, I feel McMurtry -- at least in his Western novels -- paints some pretty one-dimensional characters.This book triples the...
  • Sarah
    This was the weakest of the series so far but it was still a good book. It was great to see Call and Gus when they were green and fumbling and it was great to see Gus meet Clara. Still, it didn't have the colorful characters that I loved so much in Lonesome Dove and Streets of Laredo. I was actually wondering if he wrote most of this as a background before he even wrote Lonesome Dove just because it was so much less entertaining.
  • Twerking To Beethoven
    To be perfectly candid, the only reason I picked this book up is... I read Abercrombie's Red Country, loved it, and found out it was heavily influenced by McMurtry's The Lonesome Dove Series and Dexter's Deadwood among others, so I was like "why not?". That being said, I know I'm supposed to type something else and give out further details about this book BUT, given there are some sweet reviews out there, and I'm not so good when it comes to revi...
  • GoldGato
    A man could perhaps and perhaps all day, and not find his way to the truth.I felt as though I walked across a very long desert by the time I completed this book. The prequel to the great Lonesome Dove, this book required staying power. Admittedly, I am not a big fan of westerns but McMurtry is a more-than-decent writer so this book entered my collection. But it exhausted me.That doesn't mean the book is hard to read. Quite the opposite. But the t...
  • Catherine Mustread
    The first in the four-book "Lonesome Dove series" can also be considered a prequel, since it was published ten years after the third of the original trilogy, Lonesome Dove, though Lonesome Dove was the first to be published in 1985 (?). This book follows a group of novice, inept and raggedy Texas Rangers, including Woodrow Call and Gus McCrae, setting out from San Antonio to Santa Fe, in search of victory and treasure. Instead they find much trou...
  • Cindy Leighton
    I do not understand all the whiny reviews. Not it's not Lonesome Dove - but what is?? I LOVED this prequel to LD even though knowing which characters make it on and which don't did ruin some of the suspense. I was completely absorbed in the journey, felt my heart pounding repeatedly as I read, and laughed out loud more than twice. What more can you ask for? McMurtry is one of few male authors who can include strong women characters in a book that...
  • Joshua Gross
    Like Lonesome Dove, there's a long journey through the whole book with a surprisingly short return journey. There's also a prostitute trying to get to California and some evil and creative Indians. This book, however, seemed more like tragedy after tragedy on the open range, where everyone is always completely miserable or in danger. Then things got weird and the book was suddenly over.
  • Monkey
    so far better than I expected!Well, I'm glad I read this first because apparently it blows if you've read Lonesome Dove first.I quite liked it; Feckless youths and scary-ass indians!Not at all the romantical-style western I thought it would be.
  • Angus McKeogh
    I haven’t seen the Lonesome Dove television series nor have I read the first two books in this series. I chose to approach the series with the earliest book in the storyline and I felt it was great. Interesting. Well-written. Continuously engaging plot development. Great characters. Sadness. Intrigue. An appreciation for living in the present. I’m really excited about moving on to Comanche Moon but I have some other things to get through firs...
  • Christopher
    The reader meets Captains Augustus McCrae and Woodrow Call in the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel Lonesome Dove as tired old men, ready for one last adventure after a life of Texas Rangering. Here in Dead Man's Walk, the reader is reintroduced to them as young recruits to the Rangers. Like Lonesome Dove and its sequel Streets of Laredo, this prequel is a hell of a good time. McMurtry turns a guilty pleasure genre into a rich, capital-L Literary expe...
  • Jim
    Dead Man's Walk is one of the best Western novels I have read, not nearly as deep as Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian or All the Pretty Horses; but this is only the first McMurtry I have read, and I am delighted to find that there are so many more to read.I am not very familiar with the Texas landscape, but reading this book makes me want to go visit Big Bend National Park and some of the other areas around West Texas. At first I had a little di...
  • Karina
    i am not into Westerns but i have become a fan of Larry McMurtry. this is the second book in this series and i LOVE his style. i feel like i know the characters and wish them well. Cowboys vs Indians vs Mexicans. i recommend this and Lonesome Dove, so far. Nail biters for sure.
  • Jennie
    Lonesome Dove is my favorite book (tied with Pillars of the Earth), and I had an urge to reread the series. It's been a few years and I was slightly worried my love for this series wouldn't hold up. I have no idea what I was thinking! For anyone not sure if they would like a Western, Larry McMurtry's writing style captivates you completely. You forget it's a Western... instead you care about the characters, and about their perils and triumphs. I ...
  • Julie
    Not as nearly as fantastic as Lonesome Dove, but I'm determined to read all four books in the series.
  • Joshua Thompson
    Although tales of the Wild West aren’t anywhere near the top of my list of preferred reading genres, I found this to be a masterful portrayal and left me wanting to read more. Great characters and a great adventure.
  • Steven
    It was with quite a bit of trepidation that I gave McMurtry and his Lonesome Dove crew another shot. If you read my review of Lonesome Dove you know how furious I was with the poor ending of that very, very long novel. Also, I find McMurtry's head-hopping narrative style rather annoying.However, McMurtry does such an amazing job of creating characters, and I was (and still am) in the mood for good Western reading that I gave Dead Man's Walk a cha...
  • Keli Wright
    I just finished "Dead Man's Walk" by Larry McMurtry It was written after "Lonesome Dove" but chronologically came before so I read it first when I was dating Mitch we talked about me reading some westerns so I had all ready bought this one and I finally got around to reading it... At first I thought "oh man this is ANOTHER GUY BOOK! this reminds me of when Ryan and Chris would tell me to read books, except Mitch had never read this book but as I'...
  • Molly Jae
    Ahh, this is a great cowboy story. It's the first time I've ever read McMurtry who has written over 30 books, and I'm excited to read more. Dead Man's Walk is the first in a tetrology which includes the Pulitzer Prize winning Lonesome Dove. I think his writing flows beautifully, his dialogue is great and you can smell the sagebrush and taste the dry sand as he describes the West. I imagine that his story reflects some truth of how the West was ex...
  • Kyle
    Dead Man's Walk is the first book in the Lonesome Dove series, and features three beloved characters -- Woodrow Call, Augustus McCrae, and Clara. If you enjoyed Lonesome Dove, don't expect to find awe inspiring younger versions of Call and McCrae in this story. Call and McCrae do not posesses great marksmanship, horsemanship, or tracking skills, they are not gifted with the ability to quickly learn Spanish, Apache, and Commanche, and they do not ...
  • Mary
    While not as good as Lonesome Dove, I still enjoyed this book (this is actually the 2nd or 3rd time I've read it). I love the characters of Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call who were first introduced in Lonesome Dove. Dead Man's Walk is one of two prequels to Lonesome Dove. Here we see Gus and Woodrow beginning their careers as Texas Rangers. Their adventures in this book will leave the reader exhausted by the end. There are some very gruesome scenes, ...