James Lee Burke, the creator of the Robicheaux detective series, is a fascinating writer. His image-laden prose can soar out of the confines of the genre fiction he works in and offer tremendous insight, almost magically composed.
In Two for Texas, the discipline of the Western genre suits this style well and the weaknesses of his later works - confusing plots, lazy villain caricatures, are avoided. His prose is spare, lean and - like the early Robicheaux novels - a lot is conveyed through clever dialogue. The early scenes of this book - with the hero Son Holland and his wise buddy Hugh Allison in prison - are the best. The penal system of the Deep South is something that Burke returns to in his work and he really knows his stuff, plus he can convey the futility and misery of such a life extremely effectively.
As the plot crosses the South and gets caught up in the Texas Revolution - Jim Bowie and all - the story falters a little. We kind of know all this. However I would strongly recommend people buy this book to get a master class in stark, engrossing fiction. I cannot agree with the reviewer who says this isn't well written.