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Publisher's Summary

Montana, "the last best place" of the disappearing American West, is the setting of Peter Bowen's splendid first mystery novel in a series to feature Gabriel Du Pre. A cattle-brand inspector and occasional sheriff's deputy, Du Pre moves easily among the ranchers, cowboys, Native Americans, barflies, dreamers, and Eastern dudes who populate what's left of the frontier.

In the desolate hills of the Fascelli family ranch, a skeleton has been discovered. The sheriff needs Du Pre's long experience in Montana to identify the bones. What Du Pre finds leads him on a search through the history of a troubled family, a search that brings him closer to a secret from his own past. Along the way, Du Pre meets a range of interesting folk, some to his liking, some decidedly not.

©1994 Peter Bowen (P)2003 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Gabe's rhythmic, regional voice and his sly wit take the novel to another level....Let's hope Bowen...finds time to give us many more Gabe Du Pre adventures." (Booklist)
"The great story and narration make this a most enjoyable production." (Kliatt)

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One of my new found favorites

The dialog in these stories is as good as it gets. There is humor that has you laughing out loud, there is touching fondness that pulls at your heart and there is mystery. This is the first book in the series and we are introduced to the genesis of some of the important people in the following stories, it is here someone should start with the author and the series. I live in the west in a small town and the people and the hardships faced are real and beautifully described. I have read some of the reviews that are a little upset with the dings in the story directed against the urban influence in the rural west, in particular California. If you are an urban Californian and to thin skinned to be the butt of some jokes then you should go back to, well, whatever urban Californians do. If you are interested in great literature written in beautiful and unique style this will be a series of books you will love no matter where you are from.

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Story is Lost in Crude Language

I'm a huge fan of Native American stories, but try as I might, I could not tolerate this one. There may have been a good story in there somewhere, but it was way overshadowed by the horrible and nasty language that dominated it. What a pity.

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Very interesting book!

I'm not sure what I was expecting with this. Listened sort of experimentally, wondering if, being an eastern city slicker, I could relate to it. I'm so happy I took the chance! This book was a gem!

Gabriel Du Pre, part french, part Indian, knows Montana in his bones. He is a cattle-brand inspector, but occasionally reluctantly steps in as an extra hand in law enforcement. This story involves the mysterious (and old) plane wreck that is discovered, and how it brings Du Pre to solving a mystery surrounded with that, but also a surprising one about his own past.

Good mystery, but there are plenty of them around. This was at times very serious, as Du Pre contemplates his philosophy of life, and sometimes humorous as he lives by his own philosophy. He has wonderful relationships with his daughters and his girlfriend, and others, and they all love him in return.

I felt I had stepped into a mindset and lifestyle I understand little from my own perspective, but that felt so genuine, it almost made me wish that I could live with such simplicity, such authenticity of living, as Du Pre, who simply follows his own inner code of ethics throughout.

I felt this was a wonderful book, that does not completely yield to trying to explain its great appeal. I truly recommend it, and plan to download some more in the series.



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I didn’t care for this book

Too much bad language I didn’t even get thru the first chapter. I cannot understand why such language has to be used, there are plenty adjectives that can be used

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Book sucks.

I could not get past the first five minutes. In the first five minutes 40% of the words were fuck and shit. Author needs to learn how to write a book.

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Will not finish listening to this - so so much foul language - hardly a sentence without disgusting language. Ugly ugly ugly !!
I WON’t finish this book - no story after an hour of listening only foul language. Disappointing !

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This is the first audio book I could barely stand to listen to. The narrator had such a flat voice that you couldn't tell who was supposed to be speaking. There was no inflection at all and I was bored almost to sleep. I think I would have enjoyed the story much better in print. Disappointing.

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Disgusting

The title of my review says enough !! I object to foul language and other disgusting descriptions of obscene activities.


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Rambling story with little direction

Not only is the story plodding with little direction, the narrator was monotone and emotionless. The combination of the two was terrible.

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A foreign tongue

Takes a while to “get into.” Like listening to someone with a strong foreign accent. I am glad I persevered. I will research more about this history and people

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