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Du Pr??s hands are full when his granddaughter, an Iraq War vet, a religious cult, and murder sweep into his small town

Gabriel Du Pr??s precocious granddaughter Pallas has returned from her Washington, DC, boarding school, and trouble seems to have come along for the ride. Du Pr??s girlfriend?s son, Chappie, is also back in town; he served in Iraq and arrives minus one leg and one eye. As the family tries to help him adjust to civilian life,...
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Du Pré’s hands are full when his granddaughter, an Iraq War vet, a religious cult, and murder sweep into his small town

Gabriel Du Pré’s precocious granddaughter Pallas has returned from her Washington, DC, boarding school, and trouble seems to have come along for the ride. Du Pré’s girlfriend’s son, Chappie, is also back in town; he served in Iraq and arrives minus one leg and one eye. As the family tries to help him adjust to civilian life, the town is invaded by a fire-and-brimstone fundamentalist sect, whose preacher is hell-bent on imposing his own beliefs on the easygoing people of Toussaint, where even the most pious prefer to keep God to themselves.
 
Du Pré is content to ignore the evangelists until a mountain hike turns up the body of a little girl. Although he has no hard evidence, instinct tells him that the fundamentalists may be to blame. Du Pré hunts the countryside for the young girl’s killer, wishing as always that the outside world would leave Montana alone.
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Peter Bowen (b. 1945) is an author best known for mystery novels set in the modern American West. When he was ten, Bowen’s family moved to Bozeman, Montana, where a paper route introduced him to the grizzled old cowboys who frequented a bar called The Oaks. Listening to their stories, some of which stretched back to the 1870s, Bowen found inspiration for his later fiction.
 Following time at the University of Michigan and the University of Montana, Bowen published his first novel, Yellowstone Kelly, in 1987. After two more novels featuring the real-life Western hero, Bowen published Coyote Wind (1994), which introduced Gabriel Du Pré, a mixed-race lawman living in fictional Toussaint, Montana. Bowen has written thirteen novels in the series, in which Du Pré gets tangled up in everything from cold-blooded murder to the hunt for rare fossils. Bowen continues to live and write in Livingston, Montana.
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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    terrific thriller

    Métis Indian Gabriel Du Pre is happy his granddaughter Pallas is home even for a short visit while on hiatus from her studies in DC. Also back in Montana is Chappie, the son of Gabriel¿s friend. The lad lost a leg, an eye, and a wife while serving in Iraq Du Pre thinks the veteran lost his mind too. --- While the family reunions are going on, Pastor Flowers, a fundamentalist from Texas, and his extended family move into the area. Not long afterward, a young girl calls the cops asking for help as she is a runaway, but insists if they find her they will kill her. At the same time graffiti criticizing the local church ministered by Father Van den Huevel appears on the walls of that facility. As Du Pre, in between shots of whiskey and smoking his rolled cigarettes, and others search for the missing girl that he believes connects to the zealous religious fundamentalists who violently attack others with their my way is the only way theme. --- Du Pre¿s latest Montana tale is a terrific thriller, but it is the tons of sidebars that reflect on many of today¿s issues such as the health of returning veterans from Iraq, a slowly dying small town, and religious fundamentalism that make the story line fascinating. For instance, the impact of real sacrifice (not BuSh claims of Americans giving up so much to support the war) on a solider in which the government fails to pay for an artificial leg ¿ someone has to fund the tax cuts. Peter Bowen is at his best as he NAILS down much of what disturbs Americans with Du Pre¿s delightful thirteenth Big Sky thriller. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted August 1, 2009

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    Classic Du Pre, more please!

    Gabriel du Pre is happy with Madelyn, but he is disturbed by ignorant religious zealots who paint the Star of David on the Father Van Den Heuvel's church door. Not finding a girl who calls for help before she is found nude and dead on the side of a road disturbs him more. Times are hard in Toussaint, Montana, and now times are worse. The middle school science teacher is threatened and almost quits. Chappie, Madelyn's Iraq War veteran son, helps du Pre with Father Van Den Heuvel and the science teacher. He also identifies the runaway girl who won't speak. Everyone knows who her parents are, the preacher and his wife from Texas, but the girl is terrified, so Madelyn takes her to the hospital in Billings. As Du Pre unravels the mystery and murder, Bowen touches on the many current issues that trouble Americans today: religious fanaticism of all ilks, dying small towns, child abuse, bigotry, and hypocrisy. This is a rich American tale told in a sparse, western Du Pre style. I'm waiting for more Du Pre!

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