"Lonesome Dove" by Larry McMurtry (★★★★★) Good lord. Highest recommendation. A band of former Texas Rangers makes their living stealing cattle from the Mexicans, who in turn steal the cattle from them. This is their way of life. There's liquor and lots of prostitutes. Their captain decides to take an especially large herd (of cattle, not prostitutes) and drive them from the Rio Grande to Montana. There are dangers along the way. Absolutely ruthless. Fantastic dialog and characterization. High action and badassery, yet you're also seeing men risking fragile lives, and it can all end quickly. This is one of those western deconstructions that wound up reclaiming the form. I feel like I'm late on the wagon with this one. It won the Pulitzer in 1986 and deserved it. Smokes the last generation's winners, even the great ones. I'm not going to say more because if you like books like say, "No Country For Old Men," you won't want this one spoiled.