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The stick game : a Montana mystery featuring Gabriel Du Prʹe, Peter Bowen

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The stick game : a Montana mystery featuring Gabriel Du Prʹe
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The stick game
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a Montana mystery featuring Gabriel Du Prʹe
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Peter Bowen
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  • /*Starred Review*/ Poison a friend's drink, and you're going to jail; poison the water supply of an entire community, and you stand to make millions. At a craft fair in rural Montana, Metais Indian fiddler and cattle inspector Gabe Du Pre and his wife, Madelaine, encounter Madelaine's distant cousin Jeanne. The perpetually good-hearted Madelaine launches a campaign to help her cousin; Jeanne is rid of an abusive spouse, but she still has a serious drinking problem, which is exacerbated by concern for her children--her daughter is deaf and mute; one son has disappeared; and another suffers severe learning disabilities. When Gabe and Madelaine accompany Jeanne to her home on the Fort Belknap Reservation, they find a community devastated by birth defects and mysterious physical maladies. Gabe reluctantly agrees to help Jeanne find her missing son. What he learns--with the help of a rogue archaeologist and the local medical staff--is that the source of the reservation's woes is a gold-mining company that disposes of its heavy-metal waste products by leeching deadly chemicals back into the water supply. This installment in a too-little-known series finds Du Pre in rare form. Mystery novels give us serial killers by the dozen, but none is any more frightening than an impersonal entity responsible for the destruction imposed on a community. Gabe Du Pre is a unique voice in the genre: his dignity, empathy, and humor infuse this journey into the dark side of the New West. ((Reviewed February 15, 2000)) -- Wes Lukowsky
  • The Stick Game--a combination of brazen bluff, shrewd guesses and inspired storytelling played by teams from various Native American tribes--is an apt metaphor for Bowen's seventh book (after 1999's Long Son) about crusty Montana crime-solver Gabriel Du Pr . Gabe's father was a Meti s, a member of one of the area's oldest tribes, and Gabe wears his ethnic history like a warm coat. Besides being an expert fiddler, a cattle inspector and part-time deputy sheriff, he's a consumer of large quantities of whiskey, hand-rolled tobacco and red meat. Bowen blends all these qualities into such a seamless whole, bringing to life a memorable, fallible human being, that a certain lack of heft in the plot and a sometimes meandering narrative don't seem to matter as they might in a lesser writer's work. At the Crow Fair in the bleak town of Hardin, Gabe and longtime ladyfriend Madelaine meet her cousin, whose oldest son has disappeared, and he agrees to help out. Soon after, a crippled accordion player asks Gabe to do something about the poisoned water that caused the accordion player's birth defects. Both investigations lead to a gold-mining operation that provides many local jobs. In other hands, melodrama could easily rear its head and trample the scenery, but Bowen has a firm grip on his large cast of interesting players, and what emerges is something quieter and more believable: a poignant, often funny tale about grace vs. greed. Gabe's playing a tune he has written called "Billy Drank the Gold," about a dead boy poisoned by toxic waste, is more powerful than any environmental diatribe. (Apr.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • Montana Metias Indian and sometime sleuth Gabriel Du Pr investigates both the case of a missing teenage boy and the disturbing occurrence of birth defects on an Indian reservation near a gold mine. The two cases connect, of course, highlighting Gabriel's sleuthing abilities. For series fans and others. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.
  • Laconic Gabriel Du Pr‚, a native Montanan who drinks when he drives, rolls his own, and talks back to his gal-pal Madelaine(but only in his mind), wonders why so many kids on the reservation are born with birth defects or suddenly turn bad—geneticsor ecological crises? Between fiddling at festivals, fairs, and bar hangouts and just leaning against his ramshackle truck fender,Du Pr‚ mulls over the problem—a problem that has caused the death of the son of one of Madelaine's relatives and thegone-haywire behavior of one of Du Pr‚'s close friends. A wizened medicine man and his sardonic apprentice point Du Pr‚ inthe direction of the Persephone Gold Mining Company and pollutants that travel through the earth to crop up in innocent folks'drinking water. Du Pr‚'s rich friend Bart, who is funding the alcohol rehab of the dead boy's mom, finances the documentationof Persephone's dirty habits, and to combat the company's trial-delay tactics, the Indians stage a media event at the company'sgates—too late to help several generations of Montanans. The quirky syntax takes some getting used to, but this seventh outing for Du Pr‚ (Long Son, 1999, etc.) is a strongindictment of rich companies (think: tobacco industry) that manage to outspend and outlast litigants rather than clean up their own (Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2000)
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016456
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1945-
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Bowen, Peter
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Gabriel Du Pre mysteries
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0007
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  • Du Pré, Gabriel (Fictitious character)
  • Sheriffs
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a Gabriel Du Pre mystery
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The stick game : a Montana mystery featuring Gabriel Du Prʹe, Peter Bowen
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282 pages
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The stick game : a Montana mystery featuring Gabriel Du Prʹe, Peter Bowen
Publication
Carrier category
volume
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  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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368779
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
282 pages
Isbn
9780312202972
Lccn
99086349
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780312202972
  • (Sirsi) ABW-3128

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