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Lone Creekby Neil McMahon
Synopses & Reviews
After a failed career and marriage in California, Hugh Davoren is back in Helena, Montana, as a construction hand at the old Pettyjohn Ranch, home of many childhood memories — including the seemingly accidental death of his teenaged first love, Celia.
Hugh is just trying to get through another long workday on the ranch when he discovers two dead stallions. A further probe into the matter only pushes Hugh into dangerous corners, as he finds that the ranch's slick new owner, his beautiful wife, and even old Mr. Pettyjohn have terrible secrets to keep.
"McMahon (Revolution No. 9 and three other thrillers starring Dr. Carroll Monks) delivers his finest achievement to date with this beautifully written stand-alone set in contemporary Montana. Hugh Davoren, a former journalist and ex-boxer now doing construction near where he grew up outside Helena, is working on the building of a massive residence on the old Pettyjohn homestead, recently purchased by an East Coast businessman, Wesley Balcomb. Davoren keeps his head low and does his job, until he comes across two thoroughbred horses unceremoniously shotgunned and buried in the site trash dump. Next thing he knows, Davoren's thrown in jail overnight on a trumped-up charge. What kind of shady operation is Balcomb running, and why is he suddenly so determined to ruin Davoren's life? Aided by his co-worker and friend, 'Madbird,' a hardcase Blackfoot Indian and Vietnam vet, Davoren grapples with a host of antagonists, including Kirk Pettyjohn, old man Pettyjohn's crack-addict son, and an assassin known as John Doe. A natural storyteller, McMahon is sure to appeal to fans of James Crumley and Jim Harrison." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Neil McMahon is lifetime expert in the tranquilities and bloody-handed twists and brutalities of working class life in the northern Rockies. And he's one of our finest fast-action storytellers. Lone Creek will keep you up and dodging through the night, and send you to sleep with a sense of relief and pleasure. Sure worked for me." William Kittredge
"Lone Creek is a Montana writer's soaring tribute to the people, sorrows, and great beauty of that state. It's also a riveting crime story, an elegy to a passing era, and an exploration of the nature of long friendship. In taut and graceful language, Neil McMahon gives us all that and makes us sorry when it's over. A terrific read." Deirdre McNamer
"In prose as smooth as worn saddle leather, Lone Creek captures the old Montana verities: the days when a man's word was his bond; the time when neighbors stood together against the forces of weather and outsiders; and when a man was judged by his good work, his bravery, and his moral character. When faced with the lies of the modern world, a man with these qualities doesn't just endure, he triumphs. This is a lovely novel, smart and exciting, set in a landscape that throbs with beauty. I loved it." James Crumley
"This is the McMahon book I've been waiting for. Told with a voice that is both clean and edgy, Lone Creek interweaves the stories of an old mystery unfolding in the midst of a new one. Hugh Davoren, a handyman on the ranch he grew up on, finds himself on the run, betrayed, and in danger of falling in love with the ghost of a young girl he once loved. When he elicits the help of his compatriot Madbird, they make for a pair of unlikely heroes who couldn’t be more likable." Claire Davis
"[A] gripping Western thriller that keeps readers turning the pages." Library Journal
"A sprawling western saga....Readers with a taste for escalating violence, Native American ritual and intergenerational lust may stick around to the end." Kirkus Reviews
"McMahon might be ready to take his place alongside such writers as James Crumley and C. J. Box. We'd better see Davoren again — if we don't, it will be a crime." Booklist
In this edgy thriller set on his home turf of Montana, McMahon interweaves the story of family dynasties and an unsolved mystery, all against the backdrop of the beautiful, hard Western landscape.
About the Author
Neil McMahon was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford. The author of five novels, currently at work on a sequel to Lone Creek, he is also a carpenter in Missoula, where his wife coordinates the Montana Festival of the Book.
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