A secretive millennial cult from California purchases a ranch on the outskirts of the Montana badlands, the eerily silent, dry, and windy dead zone, and the Toussaint townsfolk are none too pleased.
The cult members keep to themselves, but the suspicious circumstances under which they arrived have Gabriel Du Pre questioning their motives and seeking answers. He soon learns from a friend in the FBI that seven of the cult's recently defected members were killed, each shot to death, but no arrests have been made. Then another shooting occurs at the perimeter of the ranch, and Du Pre finds himself blindly searching for a killer, an explanation for the murders, and the identity of the cult's elusive leader.
With Badlands, his tenth novel in this acclaimed series, Peter Bowen has written his most timely and chilling novel to date.
"Peter Bowen does for Montana what Tony Hillerman does for New Mexico....Picturesque, totally absorbing, and utterly charming." (Midwest Book Review)
"Peter Bowen writes about the rural West better than just about anyone....Gets it right over and over again." (Rocky Mountain News)
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One of my longtime favorites
Dialog at its best