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by Peter Bowen
“[An] 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).

The news is bad: five young women, so far—raped, tortured, and left in the Montana wilderness to be devoured by coyotes. It’s not long before Gabriel Du Pré, Métis Indian cattle inspector and occasional deputy, gets the call from Sheriff Benny Klein, summoning him to yet another grisly crime scene—this time in his own backyard. Not far from the victim, he finds two more murdered women, their bodies arranged over each other in a cross. A message from the killer? But what does it mean?

Du Pré is a father and grandfather with two daughters of his own. Working alongside a Blackfoot FBI agent and his feisty female partner, Du Pré gives his all to the manhunt. But as more victims are found, and a young woman he cares about disappears, he comes to the grim realization that he must learn to think like this monster in order to catch him, to give in to the part of himself that knows how to kill.

“Like the most memorable creations in detective fiction, [Du Pré’s] moral center is unshakeable” (Booklist).

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