- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 5 hours and 58 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: September 12, 2005
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000BDC8LA
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Bowen's detective-hero, Gabriel Du Pre is a laconic fiddler who lets his music and his deeds speak for him. He and his long-time mistress, Madelaine are Metis descendants of the French Voyageurs and Plains Indians.
Du Pre's rich friend Bart can't figure out why the bankrupt ranchers didn't come to him for help before selling their homestead to the Host of Yahweh. Then Du Pre and his FBI buddies discover that the rancher's family actually joined the secretive sect. Du Pre sneaks onto the Host of Yahweh's land to do damage to a man who is going to slaughter a band of wild horses. Then he stampedes their buffalo herd. Finally he blows up their weapons cache. In between all of these illegal goings-on, the Host of Yahweh invite all of their neighbors over for a barbecue.
Alas, it's a bit late to try and make friends with the very people who wish your weirdly-dressed church members had picked another state to live in. Preferably in the Netherworld.
"Badlands" is really a series of interesting, sometimes horrifying vignettes strung together in the fashion of a Montana tourist brochure, rather than a mystery with a plot. Du Pre gets caught in a buffalo stampede. He fashions Madelaine a pair of reading glasses, outrageously rhinestoned. The Feebees motor around in their jet-propelled helicopter. They arrest cult members. Cult members go free. Scores commit suicide. Several commit murder. Du Pre's granddaughter makes chocolate chip cookies for the FBI agent she is determined to marry, once she is of age. His name is Ripper and when he gets himself a Humvee, he says "It makes me want to invade something, Ireland, Iraq, Indiana...some foreign land." Two more cult members commit suicide. Bart and an undercover cop are infected with a mysterious virus. The book ends.
The medicine man, Benetsee has a wonderful time in "Badlands," actually saving Du Pre's life at least once. You will have a wonderful time, too as long as you can live without a plot or a definitive conclusion.