Louisiana Sherriff's Detective Dave Robicheaux and his longtime friend and partner Clete Purcel are vacationing in Montana's spectacular Big Sky country when a series of suspicious events leads them to believe their lives - and the lives of their families - are in danger. In contrast to the tranquil beauty of Flathead Lake and the colorful summertime larch and fir unspooling across unblemished ranchland, a venomous presence lurks in the caves and hills, intent on destroying innocent lives. First, Alafair Robicheaux is nearly killed by an arrow while hiking alone on a trail. Then Clete's daughter, Gretchen Horowitz, whom readers met in Burke's previous bestseller Creole Belle, runs afoul of a local cop, with dire consequences. Next, Alafair thinks she sees a familiar face following her around town - but how could convicted sadist and serial killer Asa Surette be loose on the streets of Montana? Surrette committed a string of heinous murders while capital punishment was outlawed in his home state of Kansas.
Simon & Schuster; First Edition edition
Spider Woman's Daughter
By Hillerman, Anne
Anne Hillerman, the talented daughter of bestselling author Tony Hillerman, continues his popular Leaphorn and Chee series with Spider Woman's Daughter, a Navajo Country mystery, filled with captivating lore, startling suspense, bold new characters, vivid color, and rich Southwestern atmosphere.
Navajo Nation Police Officer Bernadette Manualito witnesses the cold-blooded shooting of someone very close to her. With the victim fighting for his life, the entire squad and the local FBI office are hell-bent on catching the gunman. Bernie, too, wants in on the investigation, despite regulations forbidding eyewitness involvement. But that doesn't mean she's going to sit idly by, especially when her husband, Sergeant Jim Chee, is in charge of finding the shooter.
Bernie and Chee discover that a cold case involving his former boss and partner, retired Inspector Joe Leaphorn, may hold the key. Digging into the old investigation, husband and wife find themselves inching closer to the truth...and closer to a killer determined to prevent justice from taking its course.
Harper; First Edition edition
Silent We Stood
By Chappell, Henry
2014 Western Writers of America Spur Award Winner, Best Western Historical Novel On July 8, 1860, Dallas, Texas burned. Three slaves were accused of arson and hanged without a trial. Today, most historians attribute the fire to carelessness. Texas was the darkest corner of the Old South, too remote and violent for even the bravest abolitionists. Yet North Texas newspapers commonly reported runaway slaves, and travelers in South Texas wrote of fugitives heading to Mexico. Perhaps a few prominent people were all too happy to call the fire an accident. Silent We Stood weaves the tale of a small band of abolitionists working in secrecy within Dallas’s close-knit society.
Texas Tech University Press; 1 edition
By Gray Massey, Ellen
George and Sarah Patterson, spirited young twins, set out with their parents to escape from Confederate Tennessee to a new home in Missouri. But when plans go wrong, they find themselves facing mysteries and mishaps, and they must use all their intelligence and bravery to keep their family safe and sound.
Eagle of Delight: Portrait of the Plains Indian Girl in the White House
By A. Lukesh, Jean
A quick-reading biography (for ages 10 to 110) that explores the history and mystery of, Who Was Eagle of Delight (Hayne Hudjihini), and why is her portrait in the White House? In 1821,a teenage Otoe Indian girl with "the Mark of Honor" journeyed east with her husband and other Plains Indian chiefs. There, she became "the Darling of Washington D.C. Society." Then tragedy struck, and she and her story were nearly forgotten for 140 years--until a series of events brought her portrait home and her story to light. This is another book in the award-winning Noteworthy Americans Quick Reader Biography series; includes color illustrations, glossary and index, endnotes, select bibliography, and (optional) critical thinking questions and activities.
Field Mouse Productions
Jack London: An American Life
By Labor, Earle
A revelatory look at the life of the great American author—and how it shaped his most beloved worksJack London was born a working class, fatherless Californian in 1876. In his youth, he was a boundlessly energetic adventurer on the bustling West Coast—an oyster pirate, a hobo, a sailor, and a prospector by turns. He spent his brief life rapidly accumulating the experiences that would inform his acclaimed bestselling books The Call of the Wild, White Fang, and The Sea-Wolf.The bare outlines of his story suggest a classic rags-to-riches tale, but London the man was plagued by contradictions. He chronicled nature at its most savage, but wept helplessly at the deaths of his favorite animals. At his peak the highest paid writer in the United States, he was nevertheless forced to work under constant pressure for money.
Farrar, Straus and Giroux; First Edition edition
Vacationland: Tourism and Environment in the Colorado High Country
By Philpott, William
Winner of the Western Writers of America 2014 Spur Award for Best Western Nonfiction, ContemporaryMention the Colorado high country today and vacation imagery springs immediately to mind: mountain scenery, camping, hiking, skiing, and world-renowned resorts like Aspen and Vail. But not so long ago, the high country was isolated and little visited. Vacationland tells the story of the region's dramatic transformation in the decades after World War II, when a loose coalition of tourist boosters fashioned alluring images of nature in the high country and a multitude of local, state, and federal actors built the infrastructure for high-volume tourism: ski mountains, stocked trout streams, motels, resort villages, and highway improvements that culminated in an entirely new corridor through the Rockies, Interstate 70.
University of Washington Press
Shot All to Hell: Jesse James, the Northfield Raid, and the Wild West's Greatest Escape
By Lee Gardner, Mark
Shot All to Hell by Mark Lee Gardner recounts the thrilling life of Jesse James, Frank James, the Younger brothers, and the most famous bank robbery of all time. Follow the Wild Wests most celebrated gang of outlaws as they step inside Northfields First National Bank and back out on the streets to square off with heroic citizens who risked their lives to defend justice in Minnesota. With compelling details that chronicle the two-week chase that followed—the near misses, the fateful mistakes, and the bloody final shootout on the Watonwan River, Shot All to Hell is a galloping true tale of frontier justice from the author of To Hell on a Fast Horse The Untold Story of Billy the Kid and Pat Garrett, Mark Lee Gardner.,
William Morrow; First Edition edition
Yosemite's Songster: One Coyote's Story
By Wadsworth, Ginger
Coyote is separated from her mate by a rockfall and searches the park to find him. Sometimes silent, occasionally observed, always watchful, Coyote makes her way from one memorable site to another, singing a lonely song of yips and yowls. Gorgeous watercolor paintings of Yosemite illuminate this ultimately satisfying story, while the text closely observes one of the park's most familiar kind of wild resident. Young readers will discover much about coyotes, and will also delight in spotting the places they too have visited—Half Dome, Sentinel Bridge, Stoneman Meadow, the Ahwahnee, and more.
Crossing Purgatory: A Novel
By Schanbacher, Gary
In the wake of family tragedy, Indiana farmer Thompson Grey takes to the Santa Fe Trail in a beautifully scripted, spare and powerful story of relationships, human frailties, and ultimately, redemption. Winner of the 2014 WWA Spur Award for Best Western Traditional Novel the Chaucer Award in the Western Category In spring of 1858 Thompson Grey, a young farmer, travels to his fathers estate seeking funds to expand his holdings. Far overstaying his visit, he returns home to find that his absence has contributed to a devastating family tragedy. Haunted by remorse, Thompson abandons his farm and begins a westward exile in the attempt to outpace his grief.Unwittingly, he finds himself at journeys end in the one place where his strongest temptations are able to over take him and once again put him to the test.