Wolf, No Wolf [NOOK Book]

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A storm is brewing in Toussaint between the ranchers and environmentalists, and it’s up to Du Pré to stop the bloodshed

Two men have been cutting fences at the ranches of Toussaint, Montana, loosing thousands of dollars of cattle to use as target practice for their .22 rifles. Are they thieves? Pranksters? Local cattle inspector Gabriel Du Pré guesses they’re environmentalists agitating for the reintroduction of native wolves to Montana’s ...
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A storm is brewing in Toussaint between the ranchers and environmentalists, and it’s up to Du Pré to stop the bloodshed

Two men have been cutting fences at the ranches of Toussaint, Montana, loosing thousands of dollars of cattle to use as target practice for their .22 rifles. Are they thieves? Pranksters? Local cattle inspector Gabriel Du Pré guesses they’re environmentalists agitating for the reintroduction of native wolves to Montana’s high plains. Du Pré knows that the environmentalists are trying to send a message to the ranchers of eastern Montana. He also has a hunch that they are already dead.
 
When the activists are found shot to death, Du Pré attempts to contain the chaos. The FBI descends, but their agents are as clueless in this territory as the hapless environmentalists. One of Toussaint’s citizens committed this crime, killing to protect the traditional way of ranching life, a loyalty that Du Pré shares. If anyone’s going to arrest his people, it will be the cattle inspector himself.

Montana is no hotbed of crime, but in Wolf, No Wolf, Gabriel Du Pre, a Metis Indian who works as a cattle inspector and sometime Sheriff's deputy, finds himself at the center of a national controversy, when a group of environmentalists, protesting cattle-grazing practices, turns up dead, shot and burned in their cars.

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Editorial Reviews

Wes Lukowsky
In the remote regions of Montana, the locals deeply resent environmental activists, whom they disparagingly refer to as "bunny-huggers." When two activists suspected of cutting fences and shooting cattle are found murdered, Gabe Du Pre, a French Indian cattle inspector by trade, agrees to work with the local sheriff and the FBI as a deputy, if only to avoid an all-out war between the locals and the outsiders. The killings quickly become a cause celebre among environmentalists, which draws hordes of tenderfoots to the wilderness. That, in turn, creates a life-threatening situation when an Alberta Clipper weather front bears down on the region. Gabe, who fears the killer may be a friend of his, is left to sort out the mess, all the while struggling with his own sense of community and loyalty. The third Du Premystery is an entertaining blend of local atmosphere, humor, and terror. Du Premay also possess the most unique narrative patois in the genre: "You betcha it's plen' good stuff, you bet, yes?"
NY Times Book Review
Fiddler, father, widower, cowboy, and lover, Du Pre has the soul of a poet, the eye of a wise man, and the heart of a comic...Mr. Bowen has taken the antihero of Hemingway and Hammett and brought him up to date.
Kirkus Reviews
When a couple of rabid environmentalists start cutting barbed-wire fences and shooting cattle in an attempt to chase ranchers off their generations-old Montana spreads, fiddler/deputy Gabriel Du Pré predicts that they'll be the next shooting victims. What he doesn't predict is that the resulting range war will leave the two eco-terrorists in the dust as only the first of 18 dead, including four more anti-ranching activists (not counting half a dozen coyotes), eight mourners buried in an avalanche and mostly eaten by wolves, and then—methodically, one at a time—every police suspect who might throw any light on the mystery. Underneath the pattern of fatal shootouts with the reluctant local law and an endearing FBI agent with hair on her chest, Du Pré finds the fingerprints of the mega-ranching Martin family. But even his certainty that they're involved in the wanton killing leaves plenty of room for surprises all over the map.

Plotting as scattershot as the wholesale violence won't win any new puzzle-minded fans for Du Pré's third adventure (Specimen Song, 1995, etc.). But his unapologetically up-the-establishment point of view and Bowen's offspeed prose make him one of the most striking new regional detectives.

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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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