That Old Ace in the Hole, Paperback
4 out of 5 (2 ratings)


A brilliant novel from Pulitzer Prize-winning Annie Proulx, author of 'The Shipping News' and 'Brokeback Mountain'. 'That Old Ace in the Hole' is a richly textured story of one man's struggle to make good in the inhospitable ranch country of the Texas panhandle, told with razor-sharp wit and a masterly sense of place.

Some folks in the Texas panhandle do not like hog farms.

But Bob Dollar, the newly hired hog site scout for Global Pork Rind, intends to do his job.

Bob must contend with tough men and women like ancient Freda Beautyrooms, who controls a ranch he covets, and Ace Crouch, the windmiller who defies the hog farms.

As Bob settles in at La Von Fronk's bunkhouse and lends a hand at Cy Frease's Old Dog Cafe, he is forced to question everything.




Free Home Delivery

on all orders

Pick up orders

from local bookshops


Showing 1 - 2 of 2 reviews.

Review by

A hoot. I mean it in a good way.

Review by

A novel set largely in the Texas/Oklahoma panhandle, this is another winner from Proulx. <br/><br/>Despite what feels like a slightly rushed "Hollywood" ending, this is classic stuff; sharply etched characters set in relief against a wide-open, largely inhospitable landscape.<br/><br/>So many of Proulx's characters struggle with change, and [book: That Old Ace in the Hole] is no exception.<br/><br/>She manages to stuff this book with an interesting history of the Texas Panhandle without bogging down the plot, and hints at the challenges soon to face this region.<br/><br/>

Also by Annie Proulx   |  View all