“[An] enjoyable series of interest to western crime readers, especially those favoring Montana authors C. J. Box, Craig Johnson, and Keith McCafferty as well as fans of the Hillermans” (Booklist).
The news is bad: five young women—so far—raped, tortured, and left in the Montana wilderness to be devoured by coyotes. It’s not long before Gabriel Du Pré, Métis Indian cattle inspector and occasional deputy, gets the call from Sheriff Benny Klein, summoning him to yet another grisly crime scene—this time in his own backyard. Not far from the victim, he finds two more murdered women, their bodies arranged over each other in a cross. A message from the killer? But what does it mean?
Working alongside a Blackfoot FBI agent and his feisty female partner, Du Pré, a father and grandfather with two daughters of his own, gives his all to the manhunt. But as more victims are found, and a young woman he cares about disappears, he will come to the grim realization that he must learn to think like this monster in order to catch him.
“Like the most memorable creations in detective fiction, [Du Pré’s] moral center is unshakeable” (Booklist).
Notches is the 4th book in The Montana Mysteries Featuring Gabriel Du Pré series, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Bowen builds this absorbing tale of vengeance, his fourth Montana-based Gabriel Du Pre mystery, around long-unsolved, continuing serial killings. As in Specimen Song (1995) and Wolf, No Wolf (1996), Bowen excels at depicting the liminal, shifting worlds his characters inhabit. Droll and shrewd, the fiddle-playing Du Pre, who is a Metis (``Whites call us Indian. Indians call us white. Catch shit, everywhere''), discovers the latest bodies of young women murdered and left in the sagebrush in a remote area near his town of Toussaint. Harvey Wallace (who is both Blackfeet and FBI) enlists Du Pre's help to catch two men who, over many years, have murdered girls in remote areas of the U.S. and Canada. Pistol-packin' psychologist Special