From Publishers Weekly
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 GraffCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved