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Incident at Big Sky: The True Story of Sheriff Johnny France and the Capture of the Mountain Men Hardcover – May 17, 1986

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  • Hardcover: 285 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (May 17, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393023346
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393023343
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 0.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #369,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 9, 1999
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Beneath some of Montana's grandest mountain peaks lurked a preditor. Caught in the crosshairs of Don Nichols twisted logic was Kari Swenson. The idea of a mountain bride, stolen from a remote wooded trail. Most amazing is how the Nichols' not only managed to elude the persistance of Johnny France, but stayed one step ahead certain death in the Montana winter of 1984 with just the packs on thier backs. You wont be able to put this one down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Don Priest on November 24, 2009
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On a Montana fishing trip this year, a good friend had a copy of this book. It's a fascinating account of the kidnapping of Kari Swenson, an aspiring Olympic Biathelete, her rescue and the subsequent search and capture of her kidnappers. Having fished and hiked in this Montana area, it captures the rugged determination of the men who searched for and eventually captured her kidnappers.
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Do others find it harder to write very positive reviews than very negative ones? It's hard for me to describe how much, and why, I liked this book. Expected practically nothing except average first-hand true crime story of moderate interest. What I got was like a movie playing out showing each exciting step of the chase to capture two really messed-up mountain thugs. The flavor of the area, the remoteness of the forest, all the hard living conditions, came through so clearly. There was not a lot of 'back-patting' from the sheriff who cleared the case. He distributes credit to many agencies and individuals without sugar-coating the difficulties of cross jurisdictional searches. While there isn't much word from the victim, my understanding is that the young lady did not want to dwell on what happened to her. Thus the real interest in this story is, 'How do lawmen catch experienced woodsmen who actually live in the woods for long periods of time?' That is more than answered. Don't miss out on this one, I found it unique.
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By A. W. France on February 18, 2012
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I was attracted to this book after seeing sherriff Johnny France in the excellent movie "Buck". Buck is of course a fascinating movie and character, and Johnny France turns out to be also. Critisized by some who know him as, what, a bit of a self promoter... but then so was Wyatt Earp. True American western hero-type character and a fun read. -- and for 17 cents, what can you say.
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By Kellie Gough on August 27, 2014
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I remember this story!
Now that I know Johnny...it meant even more to read how it all went down!!

FASCINATING read!!
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