The bangtail ghost

Keith McCafferty

Book - 2020

"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 fiancé, 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. As a reign of terror grips the Madison Valley, ...blood in the tracks will lead him from the river below to the snow-covered ridge tops, as Sean finds himself on his most adventurous and dangerous quest yet. For as he comes closer to unearthing the secret shared by the dead and missing, the tracks he is following will turn, and the hunter becomes the hunted."--Provided by publisher.

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Series
McCafferty, Keith. Sean Stranahan mystery ; 8.
Subjects
Genres
Detective and mystery fiction
Mystery fiction
Published
[New York, New York] : Viking, an imprint od Penguin Random House LLC [2020]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
viii, 312 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references.
ISBN
9780525562054
0525562052
Main Author
Keith McCafferty (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

McCafferty's Sean Stranahan and Martha Ettinger novels sneak up on you: they're as comfortable as the proverbial old shoe, always offering an entertaining mix of human comedy and outdoor adventure, but inevitably there's some grisly stuff hiding in the shadows. This time it's mountain lions, and, while the big cats generally want nothing to do with people, even for dinner, sometimes they do. That's the case here, in Montana's Gravelly Range, where the disappearances of two and possibly more people may be the result of attacks by a rogue cat. PI and fishing guide Stranahan and his soon-to-be wife, Sheriff Ettinger, are tasked with finding the victims and tracking the mountain lion. As the pair dig into the case, they find that human malfeasance may be behind the lion attacks. As always in this series, McCafferty, the survival and outdoor skills editor at Field & Stream, writes about the wild with knowledge and eloquence, and that's especially true this time, as he simultaneously scares us to the bone with descriptions of cats stalking prey and manages to imbue the predators with tragic grandeur. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

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. Agent: Dominick Abel, Dominick Abel Literary. (Aug.) Copyright 2020 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Investigating a string of deaths that have been staged to look like mountain lion attacks, Sheriff Martha Ettingter's fiancé, detective Sean Stranahan, follows leads to Montana's ridge tops to uncover a deadly secret. By the author of Crazy Mountain Kiss.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

"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. As a reign of terror grips the Madison Valley, blood in the tracks willlead him from the river below to the snow-covered ridge tops, as Sean finds himself on his most adventurous and dangerous quest yet. For as he comes closer to unearthing the secret shared by the dead and missing, the tracks he is following will turn, andthe hunter becomes the hunted"--

Review by Publisher Summary 3

"Keith McCafferty is a top-notch, first-rate, can't-miss novelist."--C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling authorIn 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 fiancé, 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. . As a reign of terror grips the Madison Valley, blood in the tracks will lead him from the river below to the snow-covered ridge tops, as Sean finds himself on his most adventurous and dangerous quest yet. For as he comes closer to unearthing the secret shared by the dead and missing, the tracks he is following will turn, and the hunter becomes the hunted.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

"Keith McCafferty is a top-notch, first-rate, can't-miss novelist."--C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling authorIn 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 fiancé, 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. . As a reign of terror grips the Madison Valley, blood in the tracks will lead him from the river below to the snow-covered ridge tops, as Sean finds himself on his most adventurous and dangerous quest yet. For as he comes closer to unearthing the secret shared by the dead and missing, the tracks he is following will turn, and the hunter becomes the hunted.