Not much to say about this one, other than that it’s just about as delightful as Lonesome Dove was. I’ll say a bit about its chronology. LD, and this book, are each part of a four-book series. McMurtry wrote them in the following order: Lonesome Dove, Dead Man’s Walk, Comanche Moon, The Streets of Laredo. Chronologically, they go in this order: Dead Man’s Walk, Comanche Moon, Lonesome Dove, The Streets of Laredo. I read the first-written (but third) one first and, in hindsight, I probably shouldn’t have. But at that time, I hadn’t yet decided that I loved the characters enough to commit myself to reading all four.
Dead Man’s Walk took me back to the when Call and Gus were young men, and tells the stories I recall being referenced as long-ago memories by the older Call and Gus in LD. I learned in this book how and when they met many of the characters I became so familiar with in LD. Again, though, not much to say. You’ll just love it, especially if you enjoyed LD. I recommend reading the books in chronological order, though, so start with this one, and just trust that by the time you reach the Pulitzer-winning LD, you won’t regret having started the series from the beginning.