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The Montana Mysteries Featuring Gabriel Du Pré

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“[An] enjoyable series of interest to western crime readers, especially those favoring Montana authors C. J. Box, Craig Johnson, and Keith McCafferty as well as fans of the Hillermans” (Booklist).
 
The news is bad: five young women—so far—raped, tortured, and left in the Montana wilderness to be devoured by coyotes. It’s not long before Gabriel Du Pré, Métis Indian cattle inspector and occasional deputy, gets the call from Sheriff Benny Klein, summoning him to yet another grisly crime scene—this time in his own backyard. Not far from the victim, he finds two more murdered women, their bodies arranged over each other in a cross. A message from the killer? But what does it mean?

Working alongside a Blackfoot FBI agent and his feisty female partner, Du Pré, a father and grandfather with two daughters of his own, gives his all to the manhunt. But as more victims are found, and a young woman he cares about disappears, he will come to the grim realization that he must learn to think like this monster in order to catch him.

 “Like the most memorable creations in detective fiction, [Du Pré’s] moral center is unshakeable” (Booklist).

Notches is the 4th book in The Montana Mysteries Featuring Gabriel Du Pré series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
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About the author

Peter Bowen (b. 1945) is best known for his mystery novels set in the modern American West. When he was ten, Bowen’s family moved to Bozeman, Montana, where a paper route introduced him to the grizzled old cowboys who frequented a bar called The Oaks. Listening to their stories, some of which stretched back to the 1870s, Bowen found inspiration for his later fiction.
 
Following time at the University of Michigan and the University of Montana, he published his first novel, Yellowstone Kelly, in 1987. After two more novels featuring the real-life western hero, Bowen published Coyote Wind (1994), which introduced Gabriel Du Pré, a mixed-race lawman living in fictional Toussaint, Montana. He has written fifteen novels in the series, in which Du Pré gets tangled up in everything from cold-blooded murder to the hunt for rare fossils. Bowen continues to live and write in Livingston, Montana.
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Mar 13, 2012
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Pages
200
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ISBN
9781453246771
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Native American & Aboriginal
Fiction / Westerns
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The half Indian cattle inspector and “character of legendary proportions” is back—in this beloved contemporary western mystery series (Ridley Pearson).
 
Officially, Gabriel Du Pré is the cattle inspector for Toussaint, Montana, responsible for making sure no one tries to sell cattle branded by another ranch. Unofficially, he is responsible for much more than cows’ backsides. The barren country around Toussaint is too vast for the town’s small police force, and so, when needed, this hard-nosed Métis Indian lends a hand. In Gabriel Du Pré “Bowen has taken the antihero of Hemingway and Hammett and brought him up to date . . . a fresh, memorable character” (The New York Times Book Review).
 
Badlands: When a mysterious cult takes over a cattle ranch, the people of Toussaint try to ignore their suspicious behavior. But when Du Pré gets a tip from an FBI contact that seven Host of Yahweh defectors were recently shot to death, he takes another look at the glassy-eyed conclave. Behind their peaceful smiles, evil lurks.
 
“Gripping and humorous . . . truly riveting.” —Publishers Weekly
 
The Tumbler: A few years back, Du Pré led a documentary film crew down the Missouri River to commemorate the bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Rumor now has it that the Montana fiddler is in possession of the long-lost writings of Meriwether Lewis, and an unscrupulous billionaire has kidnapped two of Du Pré’s friends to get his hands on the journals.
 
“[Du Pré’s] moral center is unshakable. Another wonderful adventure in a great series.” —Booklist
 
Stewball: When his aunt Pauline’s latest husband turns up shot, execution-style, Du Pré goes undercover to infiltrate a cabal of wealthy gamblers who pass their time racing horses in the barren Montana brush, among other nefarious activities.
 
“[The] fast-paced narrative offers ample doses of local color, evenly spaced bursts of violence and an unforced laid-back style.” —Publishers Weekly
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