COYOTE WIND by Peter Bowen


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Bowen (Imperial Kelly, 1992, etc.), who as ""Coyote Jack"" writes a column about the contemporary West and who also has written a series of novels about Yellowstone Kelly set in the Old West, here introduces readers to Gabriel Du PrÉ. Du PrÉ, a Canadian Metis Indian living in Montana, must juggle his job as a cattle inspector, his tempestuous relationship with Madelaine, and his nearly failed relationship with his daughter. The local sheriff, often short-handed, also calls upon him from time to time to help out. When a skeleton is discovered in an old plane wreck, Du PrÉ is asked to investigate. There turn out to be three bodies at the crash site, one of whom died not from the accident but from a .38 slug to the brain. Someone used the old plane crash to hide a more recent murder. But who? And, as a preliminary question, Who is the victim? Unraveling these mysteries will take all the skills Du PrÉ has learned from years spent in the outdoors. A clever plot is marred by a somewhat unsatisfactory resolution tipped too early. Readers will also have to overlook Du PrÉ's dialogue, written in bad dialect. Still, there is enough mystery here, spiced up with history of the Metis people, to hold attention.

Pub Date: July 20th, 1994
Page count: 160pp
Publisher: St. Martin's