Diamond Hitch


 The Diamond Hitch by Frank O’Rourke

Selected and Introduced by Molly Gloss

ISBN: 9781940436289
5.5” x 8.25”, $17.00
Paperback, 256 pages

The Diamond Hitch paints a poignant picture of the sunset days of the old west and the cowboys who worked it.  Based on the life of bronc rider Doughbelly Price, Frank O’Rourke tells the story of Dewey Jones, western cowman and rodeo hooligan, as he travels the circuit throughout the Southwest in search of that one big purse that will punch his ticket out of rodeo bumming and into a more normal life.  O’Rourke effectively evokes the sights, sounds and smells of the cowboy way presenting an unvarnished glimpse into this vanished way of life.

(The Diamond Hitch) was more authentic in feeling, in landscape, in the depth of its perceptions, more accurate in its details and in the complexity of the lives of its characters than the traditional western fiction . . . (Here) was a writer nudging the mythology of the cowboy away from blood and bravery toward a darker, more complex truth.”            —from the Introduction by Molly Gloss

“The account of the round up camps, of herding wild cattle, of rough country, of burros has an unpressed reality that makes this a substantial and authentic tale of a vanished way of life.” – Kirkus Review

“A new O’Rourke yarn is always cause for rejoicing.”   – Luke Short

“Roars with reality” – The Milwaukee Journal



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