Wolf, No Wolf: A Gabriel Du Pre Mystery

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G.K. Hall, 1997 - Fiction - 285 pages
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Gabriel Du Pre is fiddling for a crowd of dancers in the Toussaint Bar when strange news arrives: someone has cut the fences of several Montana ranchers and shot their cattle. A car with California plates - not much welcome in these parts - is suspected of the crime, along with environmentalists who protest against cattle grazing on public land. Then the protesters turn up dead, shot and burned in their cars. Is one killer involved? Or a group sworn to secrecy? As the nation's media descend upon Montana, Du Pre begins to search for answers. Pressure intensifies as the FBI begins its own investigation. Then comes another shock: a second mass murder, this time of federal fish-and-game officials who are reintroducing wolves to the Montana high country. Du Pre's search is hindered by a fierce winter storm that buries evidence (and nearly buries him), and by the FBI, whose agents infuriate a people noted for their privacy and independence. He's helped by the steadfast love of Madeleine and the mysterious advice of Benetsee, the medicine man who drinks too much sweet wine. Working carefully to calm an explosive situation, Du Pre looks for a murderer - or murderers - in the faces of his friends. Mingling Indian lore with wry humor, evocative writing, and a sure feel for the West, Wolf, No Wolf is the third book in this highly acclaimed series of mysteries featuring Gabriel Du Pre.

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About the author (1997)

Peter Bowen (b. 1945) is an author best known for 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, Bowen 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 Pre, a mixed-race lawman living in fictional Toussaint, Montana. Bowen has written thirteen novels in the series, in which Du Pre 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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