Other Books in Series
This is book number 6 in the A Sean Stranahan Mystery series.
- #1: The Royal Wulff Murders: A Novel (A Sean Stranahan Mystery #1) (Paperback): $16.00
- #2: The Gray Ghost Murders: A Novel (A Sean Stranahan Mystery #2) (Paperback): $16.00
- #3: Dead Man's Fancy: A Novel (A Sean Stranahan Mystery #3) (Paperback): $17.00
- #4: Crazy Mountain Kiss: A Novel (A Sean Stranahan Mystery #4) (Paperback): $16.00
- #5: Buffalo Jump Blues: A Novel (A Sean Stranahan Mystery #5) (Paperback): $16.00
- #7: A Death in Eden: A Novel (A Sean Stranahan Mystery #7) (Paperback): $16.00
- #8: The Bangtail Ghost: A Sean Stranahan Mystery (Hardcover): $26.00
Opening with scenes beautifully rendered and as powerful as anything I have read, this is a book you will not want to put down until the last page is finished. McCafferty breaks your heart as a couple encounters one of those sudden snowstorms where the temperature drops so cold it is painful to breathe. Of course things do not go well. Sherriff Martha Ettinger is left with haunted memories and an injured hand from her part in the tragedy. Unable to drive easily, and unwilling to take a few days off at home recuperating, she enlists Sean Stranahan’s help in going back to the scene where they find a fly wallet with the initials EH, coincidentally the same initials shared by one of the greatest American authors of all time. Patrick Willoughby, the president of the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club was approached a few days earlier by a man purporting to sell fishing gear from Earnest Hemingway. With this connection, the story is off and running and it is a grand ride indeed! Patrick hires Sean to investigate, Hemingway’s fishing gear did go missing go missing, perhaps the offer might be genuine. The fishing gear would be valuable, if parts of an unpublished story were included, the value would be beyond measure. More bodies pile up, memorable characters are introduced, and the action goes from Montana to Michigan, Wyoming, and ultimately Cuba. If you enjoyed The Paris Wife, you will find additional stories of Hemingway in this remarkable, literary mystery that I found terrific fun to read.— Deon Stonehouse
In the sixth novel in the acclaimed Sean Stranahan mystery series, Montana's favorite detective finds himself on the trail of Ernest Hemingway's missing steamer trunk.
“Keith McCafferty is a top-notch, first-rate, can’t-miss novelist.”
—C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author
When a woman goes missing in a spring snowstorm and is found dead in a bear's den, Sheriff Martha Ettinger reunites with her once-again lover Sean Stranahan to investigate. In a pannier of the dead woman's horse, they find a wallet of old trout flies, the leather engraved with the initials EH. Only a few days before, Patrick Willoughby, the president of the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club, had been approached by a man selling fishing gear that he claimed once belonged to Ernest Hemingway. A coincidence? Sean doesn't think so, and he soon finds himself on the trail of a stolen trunk rumored to contain not only the famous writer's valuable fly fishing gear but priceless pages of unpublished work.
The investigation will take Sean through extraordinary chapters in Hemingway's life. Inspired by a true story, Cold Hearted River is a thrilling adventure, moving from Montana to Michigan, where a woman grapples with the secrets in her heart, to a cabin in Wyoming under the Froze To Death Plateau, and finally to the ruins in Havana, where an old man struggles to complete his life's mission one true sentence at a time.
About the Author
Keith McCafferty is the survival and outdoor skills editor of Field & Stream and the author of the Sean Stranahan mystery series, which includes The Royal Wulff Murders, The Gray Ghost Murders, Dead Man’s Fancy, Crazy Mountain Kiss, which won the 2016 Spur Award for Best Western Contemporary Novel, and Buffalo Jump Blues. Winner of the Traver Award for angling literature, he is a two-time National Magazine Awards finalist. He lives with his wife in Bozeman, Montana.
“The sixth novel in author Keith McCafferty's outstanding Sean Stranahan Mystery Series, Cold Hearted River is another compelling read from beginning to end that will prove be an enduringly popular addition to any community library Mystery/Suspense collections. A 'must' for the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs in general, and Keith McCafferty fans in particular.”—Midwest Book Review.com
“Set along our own Madison River, images of fingers floating in tequila jars and cowboys surviving the cold in horse carcasses will fill the silence of your fishing meditation for weeks.”—Outside Bozeman
“When a book begins with a harrowing struggle for survival in the Montana mountains and uses as its MacGuffin a lost trunk of Ernest Hemingway’s fishing tackle (with the tantalizing possibility of lost manuscripts tucked inside), you know you’re not in for a run-of-the-mill mystery . . . McCafferty’s skill at creating memorable characters has even the walk-ons warming to the spotlight...bittersweet."—Booklist
“Colorful characters and forbidding locales complement the book’s central puzzle, which has surprising real-life roots.”—Publishers Weekly
“An exciting adventure set against some of the West’s most stunning landscapes. Cleverly interwoven with the true story of Hemingway’s lost trunk, it goes far to elucidate the mystique of fly-fishing.”—Kirkus
Praise for Keith McCafferty's Sean Stranahan mystery series
“McCafferty’s wryly bantering characters are irresistible, his humor tangy, and his lyricism potent as he matches escalating action with intriguing disquisition…A sharply ironic and suspenseful tale surreptitiously veined with profound insights into love, friendship, cultural collisions, and dire conflicts over wildlife and land, the sacred and the profitable.”—Booklist (starred)
"Rich in history, local color, and unique characters."—Kirkus Reviews (starred)
“Explosive, gripping and not to be missed. Keith McCafferty gets the West just right...McCafferty is an impressive writer.”—Margaret Coel, New York Times bestselling author of The Man Who Fell From the Sky and Winter’s Child
“Keith McCafferty understands that there is much more to a riveting mystery than what is commonly found in the typical whodunit. He also knows that a rousing good tale can often shine a light on important matters that deserve our attention...He writes with heart and command of the story that sparkles on every page.”—Michael McGarrity, New York Times bestselling author of Backlands
“McCafferty nails the delicate balance between humor and heft in a genuine way.”
—P.J. Tracy, New York Times bestselling author of Off the Grid