First in the crime-fiction series set in the modern-day west, starring a half-French, half-Indian “character of legendary proportions” (Ridley Pearson).
Officially, Gabriel Du Pré is the cattle inspector for Toussaint, Montana, responsible for making sure no one tries to sell livestock branded by another ranch. Unofficially, he is responsible for much more than cows’ backsides. The barren country around Toussaint is too vast for the town’s small police force, and so, when needed, this hard-nosed Métis Indian lends a hand. When the sheriff offers gas money to investigate newly discovered plane wreckage in the desert, Du Pré quickly finds himself embroiled in a mystery stretching back a generation.
For three decades, the crashed plane sat in the sun as the bodies inside rotted away to their bones. Two skeletons are whole, but for one nothing remains but the hands, the skull, and the bullet that ended his life. The crime was hidden long ago, but in the Montana badlands, nothing stays buried forever . . .
In Gabriel Du Pré, “Bowen has taken the antihero of Hemingway and Hammett and brought him up to date . . . a fresh, memorable character” (The New York Times Book Review).
Coyote Wind is the 1st book in The Montana Mysteries Featuring Gabriel Du Pré series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
The author of the Yellowstone Kelly mysteries introduces a new regional detective in Montana cattle inspector and sometime sheriff's deputy, Gabriel Du Pre, a Metis, whose ancestors are French and Cree. The 40-year-old widower and father of two daughters wrestles with the mystery of a newly discovered, three-decades old plane wreck with the remains of a rancher, his wife and a third headless, handless corpse. In the process of investigating, Du Pre becomes acquainted with the man whose family bought the ranch where the wreck was later found. He also uncovers the tainted history of his deceased parents and an eccentric aunt who lives in Canada and searches an old gold mining claim once owned by his father to discover the answer that links his family with the rancher's. Distinguished by realistic dialogue, a fluid inclusion of local history and Du Pre's convincing concern with guilt, repentance and tradition, this is a deeply textured tale. As ``Coyote Jack,'' Bowen writes for the ``Forbes FYI'' column.