Du Pré investigates a gold mining company whose pollution might be poisoning the children of a nearby reservation
Something is rotten in the Fort Belknap Reservation. Life has always been tough on this barren stretch just south of the Canadian border, but now the children are dying. While playing his fiddle in a reservation bar, part-time deputy Gabriel Du Pré meets an accordionist who suspects that the children’s health defects and low test scores are connected to the nearby Persephone mine.
Meanwhile, Du Pré investigates the disappearance of one of the afflicted children. When the boy turns up dead, the accordionist’s theory gains credence. It wouldn’t be the first time that the rich men of Montana found wealth at the expense of the reservation’s children.
About the Author
Peter Bowen, a Montanan, writes of the West. Cowboy, hunting and fishing guide, folksinger, poet, essayist, and novelist, he's written the picaresque Yellowstone Kelly historical novels, humor columns, and essays on blood sports as Coyote Jack, and the Gabriel Du Pre mysteries, in part because "the Metis are a great people, a wonderful people, and not many Americans know anything about them."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Protagonist: Gabriel Du PréSetting: present-day MontanaSeries: #7First Line: The night was warm for Montana.At the Crow Fair in the town of Hardin, Gabe and Madelaine meet her cousin Jeanne, whose oldest son has disappeared, and he agrees to help find Danny. Soon thereafter a crippled accordion player asks Gabe to do something about the poisoned water that caused the accordion player's birth defects. Both investigations lead to a gold-mining operation that provides many local jobs.This book would have most writers chewing up the scenery in large chunks of melodrama. Not Bowen. In other writers' hands, this light plot line and meandering narrative would completely fall apart. Not in Bowen's hands. He has a marvelous cast of characters, from Gabe and Madelaine down to folks like seventy-somethings Piney and Norris who have tried to kill each other so long they've forgotten what started it all, to the reservation police officers Joe and Harry who are forced to find humor in strange places so that they don't spend their shifts in tears. Bowen keeps a good grip on the reins, and this book becomes much greater than the sum of its parts--a quiet, believable, poignant and oftentimes humorous tale of grace versus greed. What most folks can't accomplish in a month's worth of environmental ranting, Bowen does by having Gabe pull out his fiddle and play "Billy Drank the Gold".