[Zoom Event] The Bangtail Ghost by Keith McCafferty
The latest Sean Stranahan Mystery is here!
In Montana's Gravelly Range, paw prints and a single whisker discovered at a scene of horrific violence suggest a woman had been attacked and carried away by a mountain lion. Sheriff Martha Ettinger employs her fiancâe, sometimes-detective Sean Stranahan, to put a name to the gnawed bones comprising all that is left of the body. The woman's is the first of several deaths that Sean suspects are not as easily explained as they appear. Join us and Keith McCafferty, who CJ Box has praised as "a top-notch, first-rate, can't-miss novelist," for a discussion of his new book.
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About the book:
The discovery of a woman's mutilated body in the mountains of southwest Montana propels McCafferty's top-notch eighth mystery featuring painter, fishing guide, and occasional PI Sean Stranahan (after 2018's A Death in Eden). Paw prints and DNA evidence indicate that the woman was killed and partially eaten by a mountain lion. The locals react with alarm, and Sean's fiancée, Sheriff Martha Ettinger, forms a task force to identify the victim and track down the lion before it kills again. Initial attempts fail dramatically, but eventually Sean and dog handler Buster Garrett tree and kill the cat in a vividly drawn nighttime chase. A few months later, however, when both a sheep herder and Buster are killed in eerily similar lion attacks, the cycle appears to be starting again. A gimmicky means of murder revealed late in the story ties up a few loose ends, but crime is only of secondary interest. The primary focus throughout is Montana's Big Sky country and its big cats. Regional mystery fans have cause to rejoice.
About the author:
Keith McCafferty is the author of eight novels in the Sean Stranahan mystery series, published by Viking/Penguin Books. He is the recipient of the Will Rogers Gold Medallion Award and the Western Writers of America Spur Award for Best Novel, among many other awards. Two of his novels were chosen as Best Reads by Oprah Winfrey Magazine. Keith is also a two-time National Magazine Award finalist and the recipient of the Robert Traver Award for angling literature. For years he made a living with his flyrod, writing stories for Field & Stream, where he was the Survival and Outdoor Skills editor. “It was like flying around the world on a broom” he recalls, “only the flyrod was my broom.” A wild bird rescue volunteer, Keith lives with his wife and family, and various feathered friends, in Montana.
"Keith McCafferty is a top-notch, first-rate, can't-miss novelist."
--C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author