The first three novels in a contemporary western mystery series featuring a half-Indian cattle inspector and “character of legendary proportions” (Ridley Pearson).
Officially, Gabriel Du Pré is the cattle inspector for Toussaint, Montana, making sure no one tries to sell cattle branded by another ranch. Unofficially, he is responsible for much more than cows’ backsides. The barren country around Toussaint is too vast for the town’s small police force, and so, this hard-nosed Métis Indian lends a hand. “Bowen has taken the antihero of Hemingway and Hammett and brought him up to date . . . a fresh, memorable character” (The New York Times Book Review).
Coyote Wind: Newly discovered plane wreckage in the desert leads Du Pré to a hidden crime stretching back a generation.
“Gabe’s rhythmic, regional voice and his sly wit take the novel to another level.” —Booklist
Specimen Song: In Washington, DC, to play his fiddle for a Smithsonian festival, Du Pré pursues a serial killer who’s targeting Native Americans.
A “plain-spoken, deep-thinking Montana cattle inspector” takes on a serial killer in DC. —The New York Times Book Review
Wolf, No Wolf: When two activists agitating for the reintroduction of wolves into Montana’s high plains are murdered, Du Pré finds himself caught in the cross fire between ranchers, environmentalists, and FBI agents.
“Fiddler, father, widower, cowboy and lover, Du Pré has the soul of a poet, the eye of a wise man, and the heart of a comic.” —The New York Times Book Review
Praise for Coyote Wind
“Distinguished by realistic dialogue, a fluid inclusion of local history and Du Pré’s convincing concern with guilt, repentance and tradition, this is a deeply textured tale.” —Publishers Weekly
“A fresh, memorable character and a profound vision” —The New York Times Book Review
Praise for Wolf, No Wolf
“Wonderfully sly . . . Bowen plays his language the way Du Pré plays violin: plaintive, humorous, wild.” —The Washington Post Book World
“Bowen tells his story in short, perfectly crafted scenes. The dialogue, the relationships, the Montana landscape, and, most of all, the quirky and memorable characters are all matchlessly drawn. If John Nichols wrote mystery fiction, it might read a lot like Peter Bowen.” —The Denver Post
Praise for the Montana Mysteries Featuring Gabriel Du Pré
“One of the most unusual characters working the fictional homicide beat.” —Booklist
“The best of Tony Hillerman meets Zane Grey.” —Ridley Pearson
“A wonderfully eclectic and enjoyable series of interest to western crime readers, especially those favoring Montana authors C. J. Box, Craig Johnson, and Keith McCafferty as well as fans of the Hillermans.” —Booklist
“Bowen’s . . . hardy characters . . . come to life, and his wry humor provides relief from the haunting, wind-bitten cattle-ranch landscape.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
Peter Bowen (b. 1945) is best known for mystery novels set in the modern American West. When he was ten, Bowen’s family moved to Bozeman, Montana, where the stories he heard from the some of the town’s grizzled old cowboys provided inspiration for his later fiction.
Bowen introduced Gabriel Du Pré, a mixed-race lawman living in fictional Toussaint, Montana, in Coyote Wind (1994), and in the fourteen novels in which he has appeared, 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.