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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Raven Publishing, Inc. of Montana (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0982737734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0982737736
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,518,132 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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It's an easy-to-read mystery set in historical central Montana.
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The writer did an amazing job describing the time and surroundings without over doing it.
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I bought his book and when I started to read it could not put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Moorenaps on July 3, 2011
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I've read "Ride the Jawbone" three times. It's an easy-to-read mystery set in historical central Montana. The base of the story line is true - a murder of a young woman and an accused itinerant worker with a sketchy past. As the characters try to unravel the brutal murder of the young woman, each of the book's characters develops and grows and the mystery deepens. The book has soul, emotion, and is historically factual, so while you're entertained, you're also learning about the realities of life during the settlement of the western states. Most important, it's a fun book to read when you want to relax and be entertained.

P.S. I know the author. It's still a great book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eleanor DenHartigh on March 12, 2014
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Our book club selected RIDE THE JAWBONE based on all of the five star reviews that it garnered in book reviews already submitted. While we found it quite readable and it kept our interest, there was too much detail in the book. We felt that author failed to develop a central character in his story; every character in the novel seemed to have the same level of development. In addition, there were obvious grammatical and spelling errors in the text, and the ending seemed particularly contrived. The bottom line for us in the end was that while the story was interesting, we simply did not think the writing was all that good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul's wife on July 14, 2014
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4and 1/2 stars. Since I was very well acquainted with both the author and the local I found it very interesting and entertaining. I especially enjoyed the way the author described the mannerism and moral outlook of the characters.

As Montana is becoming widely taken overtaken by out of staters the ways and manners described in this word are sadly disappearing
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By MaryHelen on August 16, 2011
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Jim Promised I would let you know what I thought. It was an easy read, but also kept my interest all throughout. I have already recommended it to others. I like your writing tone, it was cozy and I felt as though I was listening to a story while sitting by a warm fire. You may have a second career on your hands. Good luck with everything. I hope to read another one of your 'yarns' soon. Glad I stopped to talk to you at the farmers market.
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The story takes place about 75 years ago and Jim does a very good job of sticking to the details of the time, right down to the style of writing. A young lawyer is torn between making a career as a lawyer or going back to his roots of ranching. A very unusual and fascinating murder case seems to be the deciding factor. If you are accustomed to predicting the ending of a story, forget it! You won't know how this one ends until the very last pages.
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By MTKarla on March 19, 2012
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Ride the Jawbone had me intrigued from the first page. An easy book to read and kept you wanting to read to find out what was going to happen next! The characters were very realistic and is a reminder of the hard life and struggles people had moving west. Looking forward to the follow-up book with some of the main characters as I want to read more about their journey! i.e. - Sarah!
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By jawbone on April 22, 2013
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Good mystery. Plus, the historical and legal settings are straight forward and accurate. Aspiring attorneys should read this as a primer for procedure of a trial, yet it is straight forward for all readers. The author uses his life in this part of the West to infuse the life, attitudes and the times into this tale making it all the more entertaining.
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By W. A. Merrick on December 28, 2012
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All aboard! Jim Moore gives a wonderful read that kept me captivated. The setting and time are very accurately pictured. I have been there and loved stepping back in time.
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