A Death in Eden, a Montana mystery features Sherriff Martha Ettinger, Sean Stranahan, and Harold Little Feather among a cast of other characters. They are all great to spend time with, but Harold Little Feather is a particularly appealing character and he has the lead in this edge of your seat story. Harold recently left his post as one of Martha’s deputies to take a position as a detective with the Montana Division of Criminal Investigation. He just came off of an undercover investigation involving some nasty men poaching bear to sell their gallbladders. It was not an assignment he enjoyed, the men were dangerous and Harold does not take kindly to hurting animals. So his new assignment is odd but welcome.
Montana’s Smith River is so gorgeous and remote; it is a 7 year wait to receive a permit to float the river. Lately someone has been putting up scarecrows above the river, with signs saying “NOT ON MY WATCH” and “N0 SMITH RIVER MINE”, sentiments Harold might agree with but the powers that be want the perpetrator caught. A documentary filmmaker, Lillian Cartwright, has permission to float the river with Clint McCaine (a wealthy man and manager of the mine project) and Bart Trueblood (president of Save the Smith dedicated to stopping the mine). Lillian figures the fur will fly with the two opponents trapped together on the river, giving her good filming opportunity. She hired Sam Meslik’s outfit to handle the float, Sean Stranahan is helping Sam.
As tensions rise and things grow sinister, Sheriff Martha Ettinger will enter the fray. I couldn’t put this book down! Had to know what was happening with Harold Little Feather. There are also surprises about the characters. Series fans will love this entry! If you are reading Keith McCafferty for the first time, this will make you want to read all of his books.— Deon Stonehouse
"Keith McCafferty is a top-notch, first-rate, can't-miss novelist."
--C.J. Box, #1 New York Times bestselling author
When scarecrows appear in the cliffs above Montana's famous Smith River and a little girl reports being chased by one in the night, state investigator Harold Little Feather is brought in to find the culprit. Are the menacing effigies related to a copper-mining project that threatens the purity of the Smith? That's Harold's initial suspicion, but his investigation takes an ominous turn when a decapitated body is found in the river.
As Harold's search leads him back in time through the canyon's history, Sean Stranahan launches his raft upriver. He has been hired to guide a floating party that includes Clint McCaine, the manager of the mine project; Bart Trueblood, the president of “Save The Smith,” a grassroots organization devoted to stopping the project; and the documentarian filming their arguments. McCaine and Trueblood grew up on the Smith on neighboring ranches, and as they travel downstream, it’s revealed that the two share a past that runs much deeper and darker than their opposing viewpoints.
The currents of the seemingly unrelated trips will soon flow together, and Stranahan's long-time love Sheriff Martha Ettinger will enter the fray as the boats hurtle toward a date with danger at a place called Table Rock. A Death in Eden is the seventh novel in the acclaimed Sean Stranahan mystery series.
About the Author
Keith McCafferty is the survival and outdoor skills editor of Field & Stream, and the author of 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, Buffalo Jump Blues, and Cold Hearted River. 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.
Praise for Keith McCafferty and the Sean Stranahan mystery series
“Keith McCafferty gets the West just right... an impressive writer.” —Margaret Coel, New York Times bestselling author of The Man Who Fell From the Sky and Winter’s Child
"If you’re not reading Keith McCafferty because you don’t fly fish or because you don’t like mysteries or westerns, you need to get started because he’s just flat-out terrific." —Craig Johnson, author of the Walt Longmire novels, the basis for the Netflix drama Longmire
"Like Brad Smith and Elmore Leonard, McCafferty does a marvelous job of manipulating mood… A must for Craig Johnson and C.J. Box fans." —Booklist (starred)
“[Keith McCafferty] writes with heart and command of the story that sparkles on every page.” —Michael McGarrity, New York Times bestselling author of Backlands
"Fresh, quirky, and yet utterly believable." —Nevada Barr, New York Times bestselling author of the Anna Pigeon mysteries
“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
"Rich in history, local color, and unique characters." —Kirkus Reviews