by Ronald W. Kaehr
The Disgruntled Cowboy and Other Tales of Old New Mexico is a rollicking collection of five short stories set in the New Mexico territory before statehood. Author Ronald W. Kaehr narrates these folksy, uninhibited tales from the perspective of a female newspaper columnist, who interviews men and women from yesteryear. Simply put, Kaehr is an outstanding storyteller. He has a knack for dialogue that is so true, it is amplified with an authenticity that the dialect emerges as a character in itself. The Disgruntled Cowboy is wonderfully imaginative, with all the visuals one might expect from the western frontier: saloons, card-playing cowboys, bordellos, bank robberies, sheriffs, and coyotes. Kaehr’s characters are lively and unforgettable, and his masterful use of western slang moves the story along like a runaway train. The Disgruntled Cowboy is bawdy and crude without apology, but readers with a good sense of humor will laugh out loud at this wonderful collection of short stories.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ronald W. Kaehr began writing poems and short stories to entertain his family and friends and reduce stress. While returning to Albuquerque from Denver, the idea for The Disgruntled Cowboy literally popped into his head. Mr. Kaehr received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of New Mexico. He now resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico with his wife, Dolores, and is the father of two children, Tammi and Kimberly. When he is not writing short stories and poetry, he enjoys gardening and reading. The Disgruntled Cowboy is his first published book.
(2006, paperback, 84 pages)