Badlands by Peter Bowen
A Montana Mystery Featuring Gabriel Du Pre

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When a mysterious cult moves in on the outskirts of Toussaint, it’s up to Du Pré to investigate whether the members are merely eccentric—or murderous
The Eides have owned cattle in Montana since 1882, but a few days after they pull up stakes and sell their property, their homestead goes up in flames. When Gabriel Du Pré arrives on scene, nothing is left but the ashes. A serene young man appears, insisting that the fires were set purposefully and firmly asking Du Pré to leave. He is a representative from the Host of Yahweh, the millennial cult that has purchased the sprawling ranch on the edge of the Badlands, and arson is just the beginning of their suspicious behavior. At first the people of Toussaint try to ignore the secretive cult. But when Du Pré gets a tip from an FBI contact that seven Host of Yahweh defectors were recently shot to death, he takes another look at the glassy-eyed conclave. Behind their peaceful smiles, great evil lurks.

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 sport as Coyote Jack. He has also written 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. 272 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Westerns. Fiction

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Then comes news that seven former cultist now living across the country have each died of a gunshot wound at precisely 8 p.m. Investigating FBI agents Pidgeon and Ripper, mindful of Waco and its aftermath, take a back seat to Du Pré, who snipes at cult members shooting wild horses, tries to rescu...

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BADLANDS, Peter Bowen's 10th Gabriel Du Pre Montana-based mystery, tells a haunting - and strangely timely -- story of what happens when a rich, secretive cult from California takes over a large ranch outside of the town of Toussaint.

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