Rich in detail, Jim Moore s novel enlightens readers about the day-to-day labors, cowhands, horses and equipment involved in ranching in 1902 and the habits and mores of people struggling to exist in the small towns strewn along the rails of the Jawbone. Interspersed in this history are a fascinating murder trial and the young untried attorney who defends a seemingly indefensible accused. We root for this young protagonist and smile a little at how easily he is distracted by attractive young ladies. --Joan Bochmann, Author of Ippy Award winner: Absaroka, Where the Anguish of a Soldier Meets the Land of the Crow.
A woman's murder in turn-of-the-century rural Montana; a crazy suspect; a newly-minted lawyer's first case. These are the elements of a drama remarkable for its authenticity. Mr. Moore's attention to telling detail and historical accuracy effortlessly carry the reader into that long-gone world. A page-turner. --Richard S. Wheeler, award-winning author of more than fifty novels.
When you read Jim Moore's Ride the Jawbone, you have to constantly remind yourself that it's fiction and you haven't slipped into Montana in 1902 One heck of a read. --Craig Johnson, author of The Cold Dish and Hell is Empty
About the Author
Jim loves reading, writing, and, as he says, spinning yarns. He came from a home where reading was encouraged. His parents enjoyed books so the house was filled with reading material, and he took advantage of it from a young age. Passing by the old Jawbone roadbed as he traveled the highway from his family ranch near Two Dot to Bozeman, it occurred to him that a good yarn could be wrapped around the story of the railroad. He decided to try his hand at writing it. The result: Ride the Jawbone. Since retiring from ranching and his work as an attorney, he has completed three additional novel length manuscripts and several short stories, some of which have been published. He was born Perry James (Jim) Moore III in Lewistown, Montana on December 21, 1927. As a child he lived on ranches and small towns in Montana: Two Dot, Martinsdale, and Lewistown and in Santa Barbara, California before moving back to the Moore Ranch at Two Dot. He attended the Two Dot grade school, graduated from Harlowton High School in 1945 and enlisted in the navy. Discharged from the navy, he pursued his education and graduated from that Montana State University in 1952 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. At Montana State he met Kathryn (Kay) Nash. They were married on June 28, 1954 and made their home on the Moore Ranch where they raised three children. Jim studied the law at their home on the ranch and was successful in passing the bar examination. He practiced law in Harlowton and then in Bozeman, while maintaining his interest in the ranch. In addition to the ranch and his law practice, Jim was involved in a number of other activities that include: Director of Montana Stockgrowers Association Trustee of the Farm Credit Banks of Spokane Director of Montana Livestock Ag Credit Inc. Board of Visitors to the School of Law at the University of Montana Trustee of Montana Legal Services State Bar of Montana: Committee on Professionalism and Ethics State Bar of Montana:Fair Trial Free Press Committee Recipient of the William J. Jamison Award Adjunct Professor of Agricultural Law at Montana State University Trustee of the Museum of the Rockies Member of the Advisory Council for the College of Business at MSU Member of the President's Council of 50 at the University of Montana Selected, at the time of its centennial, as one of 100 Montana State University distinguished graduates State Senator Minority Leader two legislative sessions Member State Lottery Commission Member of the Governor's Committee on Education Jim and his wife, Kay live near Bozeman, Montana, where he continues to write.