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Publisher's Summary

Montana, "the last best place" of the disappearing American West, is the setting of Peter Bowen's splendid first mystery novel in a series to feature Gabriel Du Pre. A cattle-brand inspector and occasional sheriff's deputy, Du Pre moves easily among the ranchers, cowboys, Native Americans, barflies, dreamers, and Eastern dudes who populate what's left of the frontier. In the desolate hills of the Fascelli family ranch, a skeleton has been discovered. The sheriff needs Du Pre's long experience in Montana to identify the bones. What Du Pre finds leads him on a search through the history of a troubled family, a search that brings him closer to a secret from his own past. Along the way, Du Pre meets a range of interesting folk, some to his liking, some decidedly not.
©1994 Peter Bowen (P)2003 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Gabe's rhythmic, regional voice and his sly wit take the novel to another level....Let's hope Bowen...finds time to give us many more Gabe Du Pre adventures." ( Booklist)
"The great story and narration make this a most enjoyable production." ( Kliatt)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 06-30-13

Is a Pig's Prick, Pork

I am following a guy who turned me on to Black Cross, Child 44 and Daemon. This book is good and well worth four stars, but I did not love it as much as the fisherman I follow.

I do believe a lot of people will love this and if you don't love the main character, then you haven't a heart. The main character here is one of my favorites of all characters. Although I wonder, do Modern Native American Indians really talk in the broken English this character uses? I don't know, being from the Midwest. It did take me a while to get into this character and the book. This book is more about the people then it is about the mystery. Mystery lovers will be disappointed. Some questions never get answered and some things fall into place too easily. Nor are you the reader given any clues to come up with the answer on your own. Some may find this a little slow moving. My wife and I listened to this together and she is a big fan of Tom Clancy. She thought it was slow and she did not like the unanswered questions.

The narrator is excellent, although, I had problems in the beginning, in knowing when the main character was speaking out loud or thinking in his head. I am not sure if this is the narrator's fault or if it is the writer.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Dennis on 04-02-12

One of my new found favorites

The dialog in these stories is as good as it gets. There is humor that has you laughing out loud, there is touching fondness that pulls at your heart and there is mystery. This is the first book in the series and we are introduced to the genesis of some of the important people in the following stories, it is here someone should start with the author and the series. I live in the west in a small town and the people and the hardships faced are real and beautifully described. I have read some of the reviews that are a little upset with the dings in the story directed against the urban influence in the rural west, in particular California. If you are an urban Californian and to thin skinned to be the butt of some jokes then you should go back to, well, whatever urban Californians do. If you are interested in great literature written in beautiful and unique style this will be a series of books you will love no matter where you are from.

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