Gabriel Du Pré’s aunt Pauline has burned through more than her share of husbands, so it’s no surprise when she shows up in Toussaint complaining that the latest one, Badger, has run off. Du Pré, the fiddler and sometimes deputy, agrees to go looking for her man and finds him shot, execution-style, in the wilds of the Montana countryside. A chat with his contacts at the FBI reveals that Badger, a small-time drug smuggler, had been working for them since his last arrest. Pauline’s husband was bait, but the big fish got away.
The last lead was to a cabal of wealthy gamblers who pass their time racing horses in the barren Montana brush. To infiltrate their tight-knit syndicate, Du Pré goes undercover, lining up his own horse and jockey. He must tread lightly - horses are not the only things these men shoot.
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About the Author
Best known for his contemporary mystery novels set in the American West and featuring mixed-race lawman Gabriel Du Pré, Peter Bowen is also the author of the Yellowstone Kelly books. The New York Times Book Review raved that "Peter Bowen writes mysteries that are truly mysterious — informed by Western legend, steeped in Indian superstition. . . . Riding with Du Pré is some kind of enchantment." Bowen lives in Montana.