Ash Child by Peter Bowen
(Gabriel Du Pre Novels)

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Crystal meth, brushfires, and a murderer on the loose threaten Du Pré’s tranquil Montana town
Drought has come to Toussaint, Montana, and appendicitis has stricken the Métis Indian tracker and investigator Gabriel Du Pré. His appendix is bad enough, but what really hurts is being trapped in the hospital when he learns that Maddy Collins has been killed. As far as Du Pré knows, no one in town had cause to dislike the harmless old coot, much less bash her head in with a cast-iron hatchet. When the doctors release him, he goes looking for answers. Du Pré suspects a pair of boys who, despite their good upbringing, have fallen in with a gang of meth dealers. Not long after the murder, they vanish. As the town is threatened by a forest fire, he hunts for the two young men, not knowing whether they are alive or dead. When the inferno reaches Toussaint, no one will be safe.

About Peter Bowen

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Peter Bowen, a Montanan, writes of the West. Cowboy, hunting and fishing guide, folksinger, poet, essayist, and novelist, he's written the picaresque Yellowstone Kelly historical novels, humor columns and essays on blood sports as Coyote Jack, and the Gabriel Du Pré mysteries, in part because "the Métis are a great people, a wonderful people, and not many Americans know anything about them."
Published March 13, 2012 by Open Road Media. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Westerns. Fiction

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