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High Plains Tango: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Robert James Waller
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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With over 10 million copies sold, bestselling author Robert James Waller returns with the haunting, evocative story of a small town, a beautiful and mysterious woman, and the man forever changed by both.

The wild places are where no one is looking anymore. Out there on the high plains, among the Sioux reservations and the silent buttes, among the small towns dying and the people with them, you can hear the wind. And on the back of the wind is the sound of an old accordion—tangos—mingling with the lonely thump of a single drum in the nighttime and a far-off warrior’s cry. On the back of the wind is the smell of worn saddle leather and sawdust, of sandalwood, and smoke from ancient ceremonial fires. To this, to a town called Salamander, comes Carlisle McMillan, a traveler and master carpenter seeking a place of quiet amid the grinding roar of progress. Near Wolf Butte, a strange and apparently haunted monolith, he finds his quiet, or so he believes, and begins rebuilding a decrepit house as a tribute to the gruff old man who taught him a carpenter’s skills, rebuilding his life at the same time.

He finds two very different, independent women: Gally Deveraux, who works at a diner in Salamander and longs for something more than she is, and Susanna Benteen, beautiful and enigmatic, who was drawn to Salamander for mysterious reasons of her own, a woman the town has labeled a witch. The women and his carpenter’s trade and an old Indian known as Flute Player bring Carlisle a sense of contentment for a while. But his quiet is shattered as bulldozer treads begin to turn and the Yerkes County War commences. Run or stand your ground, that is Carlisle’s dilemma, Gally on one side, Susanna on the other.

Robert James Waller’s fully imagined characters become people we know and care for deeply.

High Plains Tango is the hauntingly lyrical story of a small town in the middle of nowhere, a town that forever changed—and was forever changed by—one man.


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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Plains Tango - a great read 11 Sept. 2007
Format:Hardcover
Since reading and greatly enjoying "Love in Black and White" aka "The Bridges of Madison County" (my wife hated it), I've read Robert James Waller's novels. Always enjoyed them, and although High Plains Tango has been out for a while, I've only just caught up with it. But I am glad I did! It was an absolute pleasure to read, a "nice" story, with appealing and likeable main characters, and an absorbing story of small town America, albeit corrupt on this occasion, and a real page turner. Ultimately a feelgood novel, and there's nothing wrong with that in this day and age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Plains Tango 13 April 2010
Format:Paperback
For those of you who've read "A Thousand Country Roads", this is Carlisle's story - another great read from Robert James Waller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Plains Tango 1 July 2013
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It's an excellent novel about people,their destinies and the battle to stay out of the so-called progress. A thoroughly enjoyable read. A novel you remember.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A lovely book. 6 April 2013
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A beautifully written, gentle book. I really enjoyed it and look forward to reading more books by Robert James Waller.
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5.0 out of 5 stars /What a good read!. 14 Feb. 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
A compelling book. Yet again Waller takes us on a journey.
This book is as delightful to read as his 'Bridges of Madison County'
I am interested in everything that this man has to say.
Through his words he not only paints a picture of lifes situations but somehow he ensures that his readers feel as though they are part of whatever he is describing.
Another winner for me
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