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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Harper; First Edition edition (April 3, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060792213
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060792213
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,760,300 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. McMahon (Revolution No. 9 and three other thrillers starring Dr. Carroll Monks) delivers his finest achievement to date with this beautifully written stand-alone set in contemporary Montana. Hugh Davoren, a former journalist and ex-boxer now doing construction near where he grew up outside Helena, is working on the building of a massive residence on the old Pettyjohn homestead, recently purchased by an East Coast businessman, Wesley Balcomb. Davoren keeps his head low and does his job, until he comes across two thoroughbred horses unceremoniously shotgunned and buried in the site trash dump. Next thing he knows, Davoren's thrown in jail overnight on a trumped-up charge. What kind of shady operation is Balcomb running, and why is he suddenly so determined to ruin Davoren's life? Aided by his co-worker and friend, "Madbird," a hardcase Blackfoot Indian and Vietnam vet, Davoren grapples with a host of antagonists, including Kirk Pettyjohn, old man Pettyjohn's crack-addict son, and an assassin known as John Doe. A natural storyteller, McMahon is sure to appeal to fans of James Crumley and Jim Harrison. (Apr.)
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*Starred Review* In his Carroll Monks series, McMahon wrote four strong medical thrillers (I^ Revolution No. 9, 2005), but his latest book, a crime novel set on the back roads of Montana, feels like the one he was meant to write all along. When Hugh Davoren, a ruminative ex-boxer and a construction worker on the sprawling Pettyjohn Ranch, stumbles across two dead horses in the ranch dump, he finds himself caught in a firestorm of events. Arrested, jailed, bailed, framed, and attacked, he is suddenly outside and on the run, with only his friend Madbird--a sidekick as memorable as Walter Mosley's Mouse--to watch his back while he tries to figure out who thinks he knows something and what he's supposed to know. I^ Lone Creek gallops through some rugged terrain. Davoren, "the kind of guy who'd always bought dear and sold cheap," has a complicated past at the ranch, one that's tangled up with a dying ranching dynasty and a dead girl whose memory won't stay buried. Add to that the collision of Old West and new--laconic ranch hands, deep-pocketed dudes, and meth-snorting, wannabe soldiers of fortune--and you have a thriller of deeply satisfying complexity. McMahon might be ready to take his place alongside such writers as James Crumley and C. J. Box. We'd better see Davoren again--if we don't, it will be a crime. Keir Graff
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Customer Reviews

This is a really great mystery/thriller.
S. McG.
The writing was tight; superb characterization; wonderful descriptive passages about the beautiful state of Montana.
Cheryl Stout
I look forward to other books in the Hugh Davoren series.
AmiableFolly

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Richard Merriman on June 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A great book in a setting and with plot unlike anything McMahon has written before with an attention to detail that makes the book come alive. (Few people know that when on a motorcycle your knuckles get cold very fast or that Timothy is a type of grass used to make hay.) I hope for many more books from McMahon set in the "Big Sky Country".
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Neil McMahon, author of the Dr. Carroll Monks series, has established a reputation as a competent if under-appreciated journeyman writer. His latest novel meets and exceeds any and all expectations raised by his previous work.

LONE CREEK is a world removed from the Monks books, trading the hospital environs of San Francisco for McMahon's home turf of Montana, and Monks's surgical scrubs for the carpentry tools of one Hugh Davoren. I suspect that McMahon has much more in common with Davoren than he does with Monks --- McMahon lives in Montana and, like Davoren, is a carpenter --- and the apparent similarities between the two men infuses LONE CREEK with a reality and an immediacy that is a rarity in works of fiction.

The book begins with Davoren doing carpentry work for Wesley Balcomb, the new owner of the Pettyjohn Ranch near Helena, Montana. The ranch holds a mixed bag of memories for Davoren that is all but swept away when he makes a grisly if accidental discovery on the ranch property while working. He is then fired and arrested on the same day, in what appears to be a setup.

Davoren's job termination is the least of his worries, though, as it quickly becomes clear that Balcomb isn't satisfied with simply ruining him --- Balcomb wants him dead. Davoren's allies are few, but one --- Madbird, an Indian carpenter who easily walks away with the book --- helps Davoren to even the odds, despite being outnumbered by lawyers, guns and money. Ultimately, however, as Davoren slowly uncovers the secrets of Balcomb and the Pettyjohn ranch, he inadvertently unleashes a maelstrom of explosive violence that can only end one way.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Thomas D. Walker on April 12, 2007
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The only negative thing about Lone Creek is that it ended.

Every once in a while I find a book I enjoy so much that I am saddened when it is finished.

I have ordered his other four books as well as a couple more copies of Lone Creek to give to friends.

Great job Neil.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cheryl Stout TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 23, 2010
Format: Paperback
I thought I had already read "Lone Creek" and bypassed it a few times before finally picking it up to make sure. I am so glad that I did. I had not read it before but now have and plan to keep a copy for my permanent library.

This was an amazing book. The writing was tight; superb characterization; wonderful descriptive passages about the beautiful state of Montana. I enjoyed the story and especially liked Hugh Davoren, the not so lucky ex-journalist/carpenter and his best friend who guides him and keeps him out of trouble, Robert "Madbird" Mag-dah-kee.

I have read McMahon's other series of books starring Dr. Carroll Monks. They were just okay. It's almost as if McMahon is now writing the book he was always meant to write because everything sure seems to work in this one. I am excited to see that there is a second book out in the series Dead Silver; I just ordered it.

If you like the books of Kent Meyers, C.J. Box, Craig Johnson, or Clinton McKinzie, I think you will like this series of McMahon's. In my opinion, his writing is as good or better than any of them.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Former journalist Hugh Davoren figures he has come full circle as he works construction near his hometown of Helena, Montana. Hugh plans to keep out of trouble by just doing his day job as a laborer at the renovation of the colossal old Pettyjohn Ranch though the place has bad memories for him, bought by affluent Easterner, Wesley Balcomb and his wife Laurie.

However, Laurie is fascinated by his scar on his face, which he says is nothing more than a drunken surgeon's reminder that medicine and alcohol don't mix even if the remains seem interesting. However, Davoren's efforts to stay clean fail when he finds two murdered thoroughbreds dumped in the reconstruction garbage heap. Instead of praise for doing his job, he is tossed in jail as the East Coast businessman wants him out of the way though Davoren cannot think of any motive unless the newcomer is dealing in illegal trafficking. With the help of his only on-site friend, Blackfoot Viet Nam veteran "Madbird", he makes inquires even as adversaries on both sides of the law want him dead with the most dangerous being hired killer John Doe.

LONE CREEK is a fabulous thriller starring an individual trying to stay out of trouble, but becomes a magnet for danger though he does not know why. Hugh is a wonderful protagonist as for the most part he avoids people especially his employer's wife yet in spite of his efforts people come after him, literally trying to kill him. Readers will follow Davoren's efforts to survive an ordeal he does not understand in one Big Sky sitting.

Harriet Klausner
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Neil McMahon has published a dozen thrillers, including (co-authored with James Patterson) the #1 NY Times bestseller, TOYS. He holds a degree in psychology from Stanford, and is a journeyman carpenter, with many years spent working construction. His wife, Kim, coordinates the annual Montana Festival Of The Book. They live in Missoula, Montana, with the world's noisiest cat, Emma (named by their daughter after a Spice Girl).
He has always loved supernatural fiction, and his first three novels, written in the 1980s, were in that genre. Now in 2015, he's just released a new supernatural horror thriller: THE SHADOW KIND, evoking the haunted New England of H.P. Lovecraft.

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