Coyote Wind

When a thirty year old plane wreck is discovered, French Indian cattle brand inspector Gabriel Du Pre takes up his deputy duties to find out why one of the skeletal remains has a bullet hole in its head Reprint PW NYT.
Coyote Wind When a thirty year old plane wreck is discovered French Indian cattle brand inspector Gabriel Du Pre takes up his deputy duties to find out why one of the skeletal remains has a bullet hole in its he

  • Title: Coyote Wind
  • Author: Peter Bowen
  • ISBN: 9780312956011
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Coyote Wind”

    1. This is a book about character and place. The murder mystery moves the story forward, but is used mostly to tell us about the character of Gabriel DuPre. In fact, it doesn't really work well as a murder mystery because its solution comes mostly from a deus ex machina in the form of a local quasi-shaman / full time drunkard named Benetsee. DuPre solves the mystery, but only after getting not so subtle hints from Benetsee. Even then it wasn't clear (to me) how DuPre made the logical leap that led [...]

    2. Montana cattle brand inspector and part time lawman Gabriel Du Pre, a Metis(pronounced Meh-tee, French for mixed blood) is asked to accompany a cowboy who'd claimed to have found a crashed plane in the mountains while hunting. The FAA, not missing any planes, wants proof it's not just some drunken cowboy's fantasies.It's not and it's not a recent crash either. Every piece of metal is rusted and bones are scattered all over. Du Pre finds a skull with a bullet still rattling around in the brain ca [...]

    3. I borrowed this audiobook from the library, only on the basis of the Coyote in the title. I have a unique understanding of Coyote, but that is another story.I very much liked this story, as read by Christopher Lane. I love the characters. Gabriel Du Pré, Madelaine, Benetsee, Bart, Maria, Jaquelaine, all her kids.Du Pré is a cattle inspector, fiddler, and now, thanks to Benetsee, a reluctant detective. Oh heck. I suck at reviews. I just really fell in love with the characters and the Métis way [...]

    4. This is the first book in a murder mystery series about Gabriel Du Pre , a mixed blood French Indian, cattle brand inspector, who sometimes moonlights as a detective in Montana. If you like Tony Hillerman , you will enjoy this unusual character who struggles with his traditional beliefs and living in the wide open spaces of Montana. The setting gives you a feel of the local history and people who inhabit the wild west.

    5. For anyone from Alberta/Montana it's a fun read. Cross border history and brisk patois dialogue. Wished it ended better.

    6. Loved the character of Gabriel Du Pre, a Metis living in Montana who becomes a reluctant detective after the wreck of a plane is found.

    7. A short take:I really like the style Bowen uses in this story. Gabriel Du Pré is human and lovable and it is awesome to witness him dealing with assholes, idiots and the occasional violent offender. He’s a reluctant hero who deserved recognition because he doesn’t want to be recognized for doing the good that he feels a good person should do. Throw in a couple of brilliant daughters and a loving, no-nonsense paramour and you’ve got a great cast that is more fun to read about than the myst [...]

    8. My husband has read this series before and wanted to read it again. Because he talked about it so much (and honestly, because this is a very short book), I thought I might give it a shot. It's OK. The writing is a bit rough, a lot of what at first seem like run-on sentences. However, now that I've finished, I think this is the author's attempt to really put the reader in Gabriel Du Pre's head, almost a stream-of-consciousness writing. Sometimes it works, other times I still found it jarring.Not [...]

    9. Am a total fan of Peter Bowen's Books and Coyote Wind is an older one and am so glad I found a copy. These are "Western/Mystery s and Gabriel DuPre is a facinating character. As a Metis cattle brand inspector, he manages to right wrongs, not always law abiding. Many of these books have twists and you kinda want to hang out in the bar and listen to the music makers.

    10. As near as I can tell, the author was just writing as things occurred to him. Then at one point, he realized he said that was writing a mystery, and decided to just pick someone random to be the murderer without any evidence presented or any investigation on the part of the main character.

    11. The Cattle Brands Man and the PopcycleGreat way to learn about stuff. A different culture, a fiddle, and life in Montana. Worth a read-- looking for the next.

    12. I'm afraid I just couldn't relate to Gabriel Du Pre who comes across as an archetype of what racists believe all First Nation and Metis people areobsessed with alcohol and incompetent parents.

    13. A cowboy has found the wreck of a plane. The sheriff of Toussaint asks Gabriel Du Pre a cattle-brand inspector who doubles as a deputy, to go with the cowboy and see what is what before he opens an investigation. Du Pre sees that the plane with two skeletons has been there a long time as trees and other plants have grown through the wreckage. What is strange is the Du Pre finds a skull with a bullet hole that does not belong to the plane. He remembers a headless corpse that was found when he was [...]

    14. From review by Nathan W. Casebolt: Gabriel Du Pré is a simple Métis, descended from First Nation and French Canadian stock. He earns his keep as a Montana cow brand inspector, but sometimes serves as an on-call law enforcer. So when a small, decades-old plane wreck is discovered in the mountains, the sheriff asks Du Pré to check it out. And everything checks out as you’d expect, except for that extra skull with a bullet rattling inside it. I WAS LOOKING forward to this new series which was [...]

    15. Peter Bowen is not an award winning writer, but in this series he has captured the essence of Metis life in north central Montana. These are a self-aware people who really exist, and Gabriel Du Pre represents the best and worst of them. Plus, he plays fiddle, a central aspect of Metis culture. I was introduced to the series by the leader of my Sweat Lodge at a time when I was just beginning to explore my Metis heritage. I strongly identify myself as "mixed-blood" now, but the journey was often c [...]

    16. I love to read mysteries and I have read many of them, many. As a result I rarely use adjectives like, fresh, new, unique, etc when reviewing a book. The genre is steeped in tradition and haunted (in a good way) by the likes of Doyle, Christie, Carr, Chandler, Rendell and many others. As a result, many good writers and some not so good, follow in the foot steps of those who wrote before them. I'm not complaining, in fact, it's interesting to mentally trace the pedigree of new detectives.As good [...]

    17. Du Pre is not a man of his times, he is a man of his place. As such I think he would be more at home in the red hat of the wanderers three hundred years ago, or on the back of a horse a hundred years ago. But in today's world he is just a little lost. But in all times he could be no where else but in the big sky country. His love for his family, "his women who take care of him" whether he wants them to or not is the thread that binds the stories together. I enjoyed the book very much, I've read [...]

    18. I enjoyed it, but I'm not sure what I think. I knew nothing of the Metis, peoples of a blend of Native American and French spanning an area that crosses the border between the US and Canada, nothing at all. That was a big surprise and I enjoyed getting a flavour of it, but I couldn't tell how true to life it might be at all. It seemed in some ways to be a kind of cajun caricature that I imagine residing in the Lousiana swamps and I always worry about the reduction of people to caricatures. But I [...]

    19. Ah, Gabriel Du Pre, a "two lane man in a four lane world." This is the first volume in this fascinating series, in which Du Pre reluctantly solves a decades-old mystery of bad blood between families. One aspect that makes these books so much fun is the characters. Madeline is his sweetheart, brash and jealous. Jacquelyn and Maria are his daughters: Jacquelyn has many children, but Maria wants a college education. And there's Booger Tom, the old unrepentant cowboy, Bart Fascelli, a rich Easterner [...]

    20. Not much of a mystery really. Interesting characters and history, but just not much of a mystery. And, for a 150 pp book, need to get it going sooner than page 80. Not a real feel of MT either, despite being set there. I'll give another of his books a try if I come across it, and hope it grabs me a bit more than this one did. Bowen also did a "Yellowstone Kelly" cowboy series before these Du Pre titles, but nothing published since 2006.

    21. Peter Bowen's Gabriel Du Pré series is challenging to categorize. Are they mysteries? This series certainly boasts page turners. American Regional Fiction? The series recalls the wide, windy plains of Montana's cattle country. Perhaps they truly represent the Métis? That is, partly Native American, partly French, and partly haunting fiddle music. But most of all, this series extends a robust welcome for us to romp along with Du Pré and his cast of quirky characters.

    22. This seemed very choppy to me. The writing, the dialogue, the storyline. It wasn't really a mystery either. Being the first in a series, it seems to be more of an introduction of the characters and some background. You learn about who Gabriel Du Pre is, his life with his two daughters, and his new girlfriend.

    23. Du Pre is a "cattle brand inspector" in Montana. He is brought in by the short handed Sheffif's Dept to take a look at a plane wreck in the mountains - Du Pre reports some strange findings at the wreck - including a severed head - all have been there for 30 years.This would have been a great read if there werent so many holes in the story.

    24. Right up there with Robert Parker, Bowen has created a character of supreme intellect, great wit and readability. Fast paced, funny, thought provoking. Du Pre demands respect. I'll read 'em all, can't get enough.

    25. This is one of the best mysteries I have read in a while. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. A great mix of characters, plot, Montana and Metis' history. I like the style of the writing, the way you hear what Gabriel's thoughts are, in addition to his spoken words.

    26. Absolutely delightful!!!! Shared it with Dan and made him homesick! He grew up in Montana about 60 miles from the "story" area. And being a French Canadian just added to it. I love Du Pre, and his women. I am also very happy that my crazy mom recommended this series.

    27. Re-read this first of the Peter Bowen Gabriel Du Pre mysteries and was as impressed the 2nd time as the first. Excellent characterization anchors this quirky mystery set in Montana. You will find yorself thinking in the patois of Du Pre after a day or so.

    28. Another case of more about the character than the mystery. At least the character's background connected directly with the mystery. Interesting use of Metís language style. I don't know how authentic, however Bowen is from MT. It still seemed a bit of a caricature.

    29. Charming story of a Metis Indian named Gabriel Du Pre who is a cattle brand monitor, occasional sheriff deputy. Loved it.

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