Books: Hurtin' Cowboy

NOBODY'S ANGEL by Thomas McGuane

Random House; 227pages; $14.50

The word around the corral is that with his new novel, Nobody's Angel, Thomas McGuane rode into town, swung open the doors of the saloon and single-handed transformed the saddleworn clichés of Western fiction. The irony is that McGuane's fifth novel is his first set in the West. The Sporting Club, his debut, occurs up in Michigan, Hemingway country, while his best novel, Ninety-Two in the Shade, takes place in Key West (again Hemingway turf), where McGuane lived and worked. Although McGuane, 42, moved to...

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