What do you think about wolves? Perhaps you think they're beautiful creatures that hold spiritual significance. Now imagine that you're Montana rancher who depends on your stock to keep food on the table. Would you feel the same way about wolves if they threatened to destroy your livelihood? That's the tangle of issues confronting Sheriff Ettinger and part-time investigator Stranahan as they try to track down a flyfishing guide who has gone missing from a guest ranch.
At the sound, Martha Ettinger glanced from the trail, the brim of her hat rising to uncover the early stars. In the foredistance loomed the indigo silhouette of Papoose Mountain. Crooked fingers of pines groped toward the peaks and it was from one of those forests the howl had risen, a deep, sustained note haunted by a higher harmonic that now stirred to song other voices, the lament of the pack dying away to leave her in silence, feeling the beating of her heart.—Dead Man's Fancy by Keith McCafferty (Penguin USA / Viking, 2014, p. 1)
- Setting: current times, Montana mountain country and the Madison River Valley
- Circumstances: a missing flyfishing guide, a murder, local politics surrounding wild wolves
- Characters: Martha Ettinger, Hyalite Country sheriff; Sean Stranahan, former New England PI, flyfishing guide, artist; the missing woman and her sister; ranchers; tourists
- Genre: police procedural mystery with a Western slant
- What I know so far: love McCafferty's descriptions of the natural environment; sympathetic characters; murder mystery that revolves around current, relevant topics
- Recommended for: If you like the Nevada Barr mysteries (Anna Pigeon series) or Craig Johnson's Longmire series, you'll likely love the Sean Stranahan mysteries
- Extras: McCafferty is a veteran outdoor writer and avid flyfisher; Dead Man's Fancy (the third in the series) has gotten starred reviews and lots of praise within the mystery writers' circle.
I can't wait to finish reading and find out what happens, not only with the mystery but in Sheriff Ettinger's and Stranahan's lives. I hope I've caught your attention because, thanks to Viking Books, I'm able to offer one of my readers a two-book set of Keith McCafferty's novels: The Gray Ghost Murders, published last year, and Dead Man's Fancy, out just this month. All you have to do to enter for a chance to win is have a U.S. mailing address and fill out the following form. I'll pick a winner via random number generator on January 21. Once the winner is confirmed, I'll delete all personal information from my computer.
ISBN-13: 9780670014699 (Dead Man's Fancy), 9780143124382 (Gray Ghost Murders)
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