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The Devil's Fork

The Devil's Fork

In this engrossing conclusion to The Devil’s Backbone and The Devil’s Sinkhole, the young man Papa and his cowboy amigo Calley Pearsall encounter relentless enemies and supernatural helpers as their escapades drive them toward the Devil’s Fork.

October 2018
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168 pages | 7 x 10 | 20 b&w illustrations |

The Devil’s Fork opens with the boy Papa exclaiming, “They was gonna hang my o’Amigo Calley Pearsall out there in front a’the Alamo down in San Antoneya come Saturday Noon and if I was gonna stop it I better Light a Shuck and Get on with it. And I mean Right Now.” And so Papa and his sweetheart Annie Oster set off to rescue Calley, thereby launching themselves into another series of hair-raising adventures.

The Devil’s Fork concludes the enthralling journey through wild and woolly Central Texas in the 1880s that began in The Devil’s Backbone and The Devil’s Sinkhole. Papa springs Calley from jail, but their troubles are far from over. Framed for murder, the two amigos have to flee for their lives. Joining their flight this time is o’Johnny, the evil Sheriff Pugh’s disabled little brother, who has uncanny abilities. Escaping danger for a while, Papa and Calley try to start a new life as horse traders, only to find themselves branded as horse thieves when o’Johnny and a mysterious white ghost horse begin rescuing abused horses from their masters. Can Papa and Calley escape the noose and save all the horses that Johnny and the White Horse liberate? Or will their own hot tempers send them down the Devil’s Fork, from which no one ever returns?

Proving himself a master storyteller once again, Bill Wittliff spins a yarn as engrossing as the stories his own Papa told him long ago, stories that inspired The Devil’s Backbone, The Devil’s Sinkhole, and The Devil’s Fork.


Austin, Texas

Wittliff is a distinguished screenwriter and producer whose credits include Lonesome Dove, The Perfect Storm, The Black Stallion, and Legends of the Fall, among others. His fine art photography has been published in the books A Book of Photographs from Lonesome Dove, La Vida Brinca, and Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy.

Austin, Texas

Novelist Carey is the author and illustrator of the Iremonger Trilogy, Observatory Mansions, and Alva and Irva: The Twins Who Saved a City. He has taught at the Writers Workshop at the University of Iowa, as well as the Michener Center and the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin.


“As outrageously entertaining as its predecessors.”

“[A] tall tale to end all tall tales…The Devil's Fork offer[s] an escape into the old Southwest if just for a moment.”
Texas Books in Review


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