Blood Atonement by Jim Tenuto
A Dahlgren Wallace Mystery

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WINNER OF THE SAN DIEGO BOOK AWARD FOR MYSTERIES Funny, sharp, gritty Dahlgren Wallace is a Montana fly-fishing guide caught in the middle of a nasty war over land and history.
Dahlgren is a former college football star, a veteran of the first Gulf War, and a former member of the Marine Corps elite Force Recon. He thought he put the world of intrigue and special forces behind him by becoming a fly-fishing guide. He’s the river keeper and guide on an expansive, private Montana river, owned by a media mogul. When the novel opens, Dahlgren is guiding his boss’s latest guest, a Mormon billionaire, down that river. It looks like an unexpected friendship is in the making—until the billionaire is bludgeoned to death, practically under Dahlgren’s nose. By a twist of fate—or is it?—Dahlgren doesn’t witness the murder. Instead, he’s immediately suspected of the crime. He has been framed.
In an effort to defend himself, he must resort to the skills learned in Special Ops—skills he had hoped he’d never need again. As he delves further into the case, he finds himself embroiled with a band of neo-Nazi-type militia; a deadly serious, radical environmental movement; a colony of peaceful Hutterites; a kilt-wearing clandestine cattleman’s organization; and the FBI. All the while, he is led down a twisted path of discovery and into the deepest recesses of Mormon history.
Full of action, humor, and tremendous suspense, and peopled with wonderfully surprising characters—from a Jewish deli-owner/scholar to the former beauty queen wife of the victim—Blood Atonement is a winner. Tenuto’s agile style and lightning-fast pace will make the world impatient for the next Dahlgren Wallace mystery.

About Jim Tenuto

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Jim Tenuto, a 1975 graduate of the United States Naval Academy, lives in San Diego, California, with his wife, Lynn. His short fiction has appeared in Gray’s Sporting Journal, California Fly Fisher, and Sporting Classics. He is currently at work on the second Dahlgren Wallace mystery, Blood Knots.
Published June 1, 2005 by Lyons Press. 320 pages
Genres: Nature & Wildlife, Sports & Outdoors, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Science & Math. Fiction

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The Compleat Angler meets the Devil's Disciples in this amiable Big Sky debut.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of Blood Atonement: A Dahlgren W...

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Fly-fishing guide Dahlgren Wallace, a former football star and Gulf War Marine vet, works for Fred Lather, an arrogant Atlanta media billionaire who raises bison on his vast Montana ranch.

May 09 2005 | Read Full Review of Blood Atonement: A Dahlgren W...

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When Fred tells Dahlgren to show billionaire Elden Eldenberry, and his wife, Susi, a good time, he does his best—until Elden is murdered mid-stream while Dahlgren is helping Susi fish around a bend in the river.

Aug 18 2009 | Read Full Review of Blood Atonement: A Dahlgren W...

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