Peter Bowen’s unique Montana mysteries featuring cattle-brand inspector and occasional sleuth Gabriel Du Pré have always received the critics’ highest praise. Now these two highly acclaimed mysteries in the series, Wolf, No Wolf and Notches, are brought together in one volume.
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 Pré mysteries, in part because “the Métis are a great people, a wonderful people, and not many Americans know anything about them.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
==Wolf, No Wolf==Protagonist: Gabriel Du Pré, cattle brand inspectorSetting: present-day Toussaint, MontanaSeries: #3New Agers and environmentalists aren't welcome in Gabriel Du Pré's Montana.For the most part, these yahoos seem to want folks who've been in the areafor well over a hundred years to pull up stakes and move elsewhere so that they can reintroduce wolves and make themselves a park in which to play native. Thatremark might've sounded a tad bit sarcastic--it was--and I consider myself to be a "tree hugger". So...why did I find myself siding with Gabriel and theother folks around Toussaint, Montana? Probably because while I'm hugging atree, I take umbrage at rebels without a clue and other gits who elbow me inthe ribs and tell me it's their way or the highway.The group of people who set loose the first pack of wolves were shot andkilled. (So were the wolves.) Why they'd want to reintroduce wolves during aMontana winter is beyond me, but that has to have something to do with the"without a clue" bit I referred to earlier. Then more swarms of clueless foginto town to attend a memorial service for the "martyrs". They get killed inan avalanche. Tempers are more than a little frayed. Gabriel knows thatwhoever killed those people is someone that he knows. Bart gets sworn in assheriff and wants justice done in such a way that the whole town doesn'texplode. And then the FBI sends in their own special group of problemsolvers. Gabriel's got a mess on his hands, and he deals with it in his ownunique way.The plot was a bit muddled in this one, but long live Gabriel Du Pré--one ofthe most original characters in fiction!==Notches==Protagonist: Gabriel Du PréSetting: the wilds of MontanaSeries: #4First Line: "This terrible, Du Pré," said Madelaine.Relying on intuition as much as hard evidence, Gabriel Du Pré turns his trained eye on the trail of the monster, or monsters, responsible for a horrific string of murders in Montana. The initial clues are few, and identification is impossible because the victims--all young female runaways--were too badly decomposed. The case hits close to home when the niece of Du Pré's lover, Madelaine, turns up missing. Working with FBI agent, Harvey Wallace, Du Pré begins to mirror the patterns of a serial killer in an attempt to prevent another death.Du Pré is a man of few words. His actions and his fiddle speak for him. When bodies start turning up and then his own family is affected, he knows he's got to do something--even if it isn't precisely within the law. Bowen is a master of the Montana landscape. I can smell the sage and feel the wind scouring my face. The sparse, lyrical cadence of the Métis dialogue can pack a wallop with wisdom, humor or horror. It would be an evening well spent, going to the bar to listen to Du Pré fiddle and flirt with his Madelaine.
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