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Going Local

Going Local

by Jamie Harrison
     
 

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The rodeo is coming to Blue Deer, Montana-but it's up to sheriff Jules Clement to lasso a killer.

Sheriff Jules Clement, first seen in Harrison's acclaimed debut The Edge of the Crazies, is helping the town of Blue Deer, Montana, gear up for the annual Fourth of July rodeo, but his efforts are cut short when the corpses of a well-known environmental lawyer

Overview

The rodeo is coming to Blue Deer, Montana-but it's up to sheriff Jules Clement to lasso a killer.

Sheriff Jules Clement, first seen in Harrison's acclaimed debut The Edge of the Crazies, is helping the town of Blue Deer, Montana, gear up for the annual Fourth of July rodeo, but his efforts are cut short when the corpses of a well-known environmental lawyer and his young lover turn up in a nearby lake.

Soon Jules uncovers a shady land deal involving the slain lawyer and a quirky cast of characters, including a debonair British movie director who considers Blue Deer the perfect film locale, and a sultry blonde to whose charms Jules quickly succumbs.

As the townsfolk fret about the Hollywood-izing of Blue Deer, the rodeo gets underway, sparking all kinds of theatrics between the swaggering locals and invading cowboy wannabes. And when the body count continues to rise, Jules realizes it's high time to grab the bull by the horns...

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"You haven't been West in any meaningful way until you've been to Blue Deer, Montana." —The New York Times Book Review

"Blue Deer is a fine place to visit; repeat trips are in order." —Washington Post Book World

"Going Local is stylish, tight and shrewd, a splendid second effort that's original, quirky and thoroughly enjoyable." —Rocky Mountain News

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two corpses, a birthday and a hangover only add to the difficulties already facing sheriff Jules Clement, as Blue Deer, Mont., fills up with tourists for the annual summertime Wrangle. Environmental lawyer Otto Scobey and Bonnie Siskowitz, a local lass with a taste for partying, have been run over while inside their small tent. Otto's work on Dragonfly, a planned posh spread of condos, resort and nature preserve, prompts Jules to suspect anyone connected to the project. Dragonfly folks claim all is well and Otto will be sadly missed. That story doesn't jibe, however, with Jules's discovery of the dead man's ex-wife, a Dragonfly partner, in Otto's kitchen with his files and a shotgun. Tracing the tedious details of Otto's legal work, Jules is just beginning to consider that all may not be sweet among the Dragonfly investors when there is a spectacularly ghastly and suspicious accident under the Wrangle's big lights. As in her first mystery, The Edge of the Crazies, Harrison mingles dark and (sometimes strange) comic elements to good effect. She is a dab hand at creating an assortment of characters, tossing them together, giving them something to squabble over and setting them looseand if some end up dead, well, that just gives droll, intelligent Jules a way to earn his keep. (July)
Library Journal
Harrison's sequel to The Edge of the Crazies (LJ 4/1/95) begins with a double murder near the small Montana town of Blue Deer. Sheriff Jules Clement, not exactly a gung-ho lawman, nevertheless feels compelled to track down the ex-con and woman-abuser probably responsible. The investigation involves detailed and wryly humorous analysis of the locals and often nefarious dealings with a fancy new resort development. The plot progresses intimately, in a manner reminiscent of television's Northern Exposure. Recommended.
George Needham
Absaroka County Sheriff Jules Clement has returned from the monthlong recuperation necessary following the action in the series' first installment, "The Edge of the Crazies" (1995). This time, Clement investigates the dual murder of Otto Scobey, a local attorney who had been working to create an environmentally sensitive housing development in Blue Deer, Montana, and the woman who was sharing his tent on a camping trip. Suspicion immediately falls on the other developers, including Sylvia, Otto's ex-wife, but when she is crushed by a drugged horse during a rodeo, the equation changes yet again. Harrison, daughter of novelist Jim Harrison, is a skilled storyteller, and Jules Clement is an excellent hero. He has many of the qualities of the world-weary hard-boiled detective, urban version, but the rural setting brings new textures to the character. Harrison has also avoided the "Northern Exposure" trap, i.e., romanticizing the eccentrics and drunks who live in the small towns of the Northwest. A fine series in the making.
Kirkus Reviews
It's his first day back on the job after getting shot at the climax of The Edge of the Crazies (1995), and already Absaroka County Sheriff Jules Clement has to tangle with two more homicides: environmental lawyer Otto Scobey and his girlfriend, Blue Deer bookkeeper Bonnie Siskowitz, the two of them run down in their snappy little tent and then dumped, Saab, tent, and all, into a convenient reservoir. Since Otto had maintained a close relationship with his ex-wife, land baroness Sylvia Coburg, and her business and romantic partner, movie director Hugh Lesy, all sorts of motives hover invitingly, from the highest crimes and misdemeanors (a bold, sneaky land deal Sylvia was masterminding) to the lowest (more mindless violence from abusive Genie Jordan, Bonnie's volatile, stupid former boyfriend). And as in Harrison's toothsome debut, there's a double helping of zany locals, strewn across the landscape like so many jumping beans. But this time the mixture isn't quite as fresh as before: Despite a brightly fatal rodeo sequence, the story gets becalmed in subplots halfway through, and the leading characters, sparkling as they are, don't have much more depth than the walk-ons.

Still, this second helping of Blue Deer madness will keep you cheering Absaroka County's status as Montana's murder capital while you're waiting for the franchise's next move.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312964849
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
02/15/1998
Series:
Jules Clement Mysteries Series, #2
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
4.24(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet the Author

Jamie Harrison has worked as a gardener, a caterer, at various magazines, and as a script reader. She was most recently editor at Clark City Press in Livingston, Montana, where she lives with her husband and son.

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