A favourite author of mine, I just reread "Streets of Laredo" this last year.

Many years ago now, I was preparing for a longish hospital stay so headed to the used book store for something thick that looked like it would last me a bit. Picked up "Lonesome Dove" I'd never heard of it, as this was a few years before the miniseries. And then I ended up forgetting to pack it, left it in my husband's car. When he came to the city to get me and bring me home, he said "Hey, I found this really good book, I'll let you read it as soon as I'm done...."