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The Resource Nails, Peter Bowen

Nails, Peter Bowen

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Nails
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Peter Bowen
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  • Gabe Du Pre is a retired Montana brand inspector (think cows), fiddler, guide, and amateur detective with a track record that would rival the most seasoned big-city homicide pros. In tiny Toussaint, on the edge of the Wolf Mountains, life chugs along, seemingly without incident but not without activity. Father Van Den Huevel, as clumsy as he is compassionate, needs a guide into the mountains to assuage his inner geologist. While escorting the good father, Gabe discovers the body of a young girl. Complicating the investigation is the arrival of a fundamentalist Christian sect intent on imposing its values on live-and-let-live Toussaint. The Du Pre mysteries never move directly from victim to killer, offering, instead, various side trips to ponder the puzzles of modern life such as preemptive war, religious zealotry, and, of course, the ever-baffling affairs of the heart. With Toussaint, Bowen has created a bawdy version of Brigadoon. The citizens in this burg may not disappear for 100 years at a time, as they do in the celebrated musical, but their adherence to the old ways is every bit as appealing and mystical. -- Wes Lukowsky (Reviewed 02-01-2006) (Booklist, vol 102, number 11, p32)
  • The 13th entry in Bowen's admirable, highly original Gabriel Du Pré series (after 2005's Stewball ) features his most followable plot in years as well as unusually forthright social commentary on such topics as the war in Iraq, the evolution debate and the sort of religious fundamentalism that too often begets violence. Du Pré, a Métis Indian, ignores the speed limit, smokes hand-rolled cigarettes and drinks whisky like it was water. He also plays fiddle like an angel, takes care of his friends and defends the weak with equal passion. When the body of a child is found by the road and a colony of religious zealots moves into the Toussaint, Mont., area, Du Pré isn't the only one who suspects a connection, but he's the one who uncovers the truth, all of it framed in the deep-down sadness of a small town dying around the edges. Meandering through the core story line are sweet little storylets that don't go anywhere, but still make us smile. In addition, most of the oddball characters beloved by Bowen fans are on hand, as charming as ever. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed December 5, 2005) (Publishers Weekly, vol 252, issue 48, p35)
  • The 13th Gabriel Du Pré mystery finds the French/Cree Métis Indian sleuth involved with a priest who has no faith, a group of fundamentalists from Texas who have a distorted faith, and the unidentified naked body of a young girl in a ditch. If one gets past the stilted, pidgin dialog, there is much humor, interesting characters, and a real feel for the emptiness of the Wild West. For most mystery collections. Bowen lives in Montana. --Roland Person (Reviewed January 15, 2006) (Library Journal, vol 131, issue 1, p82)
  • A van full of fundamentalist Christians brings trouble to Toussaint, Mont.Gabriel Du Pré's son Chappie has just returned from Iraq missing several parts and obviously depressed. Gabriel himself is occupied with trying to keep geologist Father Van Den Heuvel, a faith-challenged Belgian Jesuit, from killing himself, while exploring for minerals. Things get nasty when a group of fundamentalists arrives from Texas. They demand that the school teach creationism, harass the science teacher and accuse those who disagree with them of being spawns of the devil. Laid-back Gabriel has no time for bigots, not even the home-grown locals who invited the preacher to lead their church. But he gets involved when the naked body of an unidentified girl is found on the side of the road and the daughter of the fundamentalist preacher, a supposed kidnap victim, makes phone calls asking for help but refuses to speak after she's found. Aided by rich neighbor Bart Fascelli's significant other, FBI agent Samantha Pidgeon, Chappie goes undercover at the fundamentalist meetings. His work doesn't keep more bodies from popping up in a furniture stripping tank.Not a mystery in the classic mold, but this 13th case gives Gabriel and all his quirky pals (Stewball, 2005, etc.) such a delightful workout that you may consider moving to Toussaint just to be near them. (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2005)
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1945-
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Bowen, Peter
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Gabriel Du Pre mysteries
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0013
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  • Du Pré, Gabriel (Fictitious character)
  • Sheriffs
  • Missing children
  • Montana
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Nails, Peter Bowen
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585326
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22 cm
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First edition.
Extent
226 pages
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9780312312077
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2005054194
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Nails, Peter Bowen
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22 cm
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First edition.
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226 pages
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9780312312077
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2005054194
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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(Sirsi) i9780312312077

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