I remember the critics and reviewers posting articles in which the explained how society had moved ahead in the Twentieth Century and we were leaving the Western novel, stories of sharply defined right and wrong, in the paved-over dust of the modern prairie.
Life is interesting. I grew up reading Western novels, Louis L'Amour, others. Thirty years ago we were assured that the Western was dead. Elmore Leonard didn't agree and continued to produce noteworthy Western crime novels. Then along came Craig Johnson with his take on a Wyoming sheriff named Walt Longmire. Longmire is sheriff of a Wyoming county in the early Twenty-first Century. Johnson sold the books for a TV series which is available on various platforms. I recommend the books and the TV series.