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The Ghost at Beaverhead Rock (The Montana Vigilantes Series Book 4) by [Carol Buchanan]

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"Buchanan offers a murder mystery that is set during a formative time in Montana's history. It is an absorbing period, when the laws were unclear and so much rested on their creation and enforcement. ... (Daniel) Stark is a compelling, complicated hero, one of several finely drawn characters who bring the Old West to life." Kirkus Reviews"...a smooth reading, fast-paced read you will work fast every day to get back to reading in the evening. ... The Ghost is fourth in a series that has garnered some awards attention and deserves more. Lots more." Jacqueline Lichtenberg, Amazon Vine Voice."...a masterful and suspenseful addition,... a fine historian as well as novelist ... (who) writes with power, grace, and courage..." Richard S. Wheeler

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Carol Buchanan writes historical Westerns about people forced to make dangerous choices to establish the law when gold, greed, and a vacuum of law led to ruffians' rule and a tolerance for murder. Her fascination with the Vigilantes of Montana began when she stood in the Hangman's Building in Virginia City, Montana, and heard the ropes creak. With a PhD in English & History, she teaches Montana's Vigilante History at Flathead Valley Community College in Northwest Montana. She has written four novels in the Vigilante Quartet: Book 1: God's Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana God's Thunderbolt won the 2009 Spur for Best First Novel from the Western Writers of America. Daniel Stark, a New York attorney, came west to get enough gold to rescue his family from debt and disgrace. Because there is no law in this place, he joins a vigilance committee and becomes their prosecutor as they rid the gold fields of robbers and murderers, and establish the law. Book 2: The Devil in the Bottle Dan and the other Vigilantes have set up a People's Court, but Joseph (Jack) Slade on a drunken binge challenges them and flaunts the court's rule. Dan fears that if Slade prevails, criminals will once again terrorize people. The Vigilantes must decide how to uphold the court and the rule of law without hanging Slade, who has committed no capital crime. Book 3: Gold Under Ice Gold Under Ice was a 2011 Spur finalist for Best Long Novel from WWA. Dan Stark returns to New York with the gold he has collected. Because he does not have enough gold to redeem his family, he turns to gold trading. Then he discovers that his autocratic grandfather is scheming with a representative of the Bank of New York to steal his gold. Book 4: The Ghost at Beaverhead Rock (June 2016) Throughout 1864, the Montana Vigilantes have ruled Alder Gulch, but as Montana Territory is organized, a new Chief Justice warms the Vigilantes: "No more midnight executions." At the same time, Daniel Stark, the Vigilante prosecutor, is accused of stabbing a man in the back in order to win his wife and his gold claim. If the true killer is not discovered, Dan could be tried for the crime, convicted by a jury, and hanged. Even if the court acquitted him, he could be tried and hanged by the Vigilante tribunal. Even as he vows to find the murderer and prove himself innocent, the ghost of a hanged man haunts him. Is it a vision of his fate to come? Is it retribution? Dan tells the apparition, I do not believe in ghosts. --This text refers to the paperback edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01GTZ4PZ0
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Carol Buchanan Books; 1st edition (June 8, 2016)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ June 8, 2016
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1905 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 501 pages
  • Page numbers source ISBN ‏ : ‎ 0986420301
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Novelist Craig Johnson, author of the Longmire series, says, "It's rare that you get a writer like Carol Buchanan; an historian with a novelist's ear capable of rending the individual voices of character into the orchestral narrative of a sweeping story."

I write historical fiction primarily set in Montana between 1862 and 1920, about people forced to make dangerous choices to survive. Some of them were my own ancestors.

To start with, I've been fascinated with the Vigilantes of Montana since I stood in the Hangman’s Building in Virginia City, Montana, and heard the ropes creak.

Much later, with a PhD in English & History, I began researching and writing about Montana's Vigilantes, and by 2016 I had written a series of (so far) four historical novels about them:

God’s Thunderbolt: The Vigilantes of Montana

The Tragedy of Joseph Slade (formerly The Devil in the Bottle)

Gold Under Ice

The Ghost at Beaverhead Rock.

I've won several awards for my work, including both a Spur (2009) and Spur Finalist (2011) awards from the Western Writers of America, and the “Spirit of Dorothy Johnson” award from the Whitefish Library Association in Whitefish, MT (2016).

Prior to writing about the Vigilantes, I wrote three nonfiction books about historical gardening and horticulture. Wordsworth’s Gardens, with photographs by my husband, "Sir Richard," was a Top Ten Finalist in the Washington State book awards for 2002. It was published by Texas Tech University.

After long years wandering in urban deserts, we came home to the Flathead Valley in Northwest Montana.

Like many storytellers, I was making up stories and telling them before I could read. When the grown-ups and my older sisters didn't have time to read stories to me, I had to resort to making up my own. I would tell myself stories when Mother put me to bed, and she later recalled that when she told me to go to sleep, I'd say, "Just one more story, Mommy."

"Just one more story" takes the Vigilante saga in a new direction with "Brother Joel Begs Forgiveness." Joel Van Fleet is the New York banker who arranged the theft of Dan Stark's gold in New York, a theft that nearly got Stark killed. Horrified at what he has done, Van Fleet travels to Montana Territory in the winter of 1864-1865 to beg forgiveness.

But Stark, the Vigilante prosecutor, is not a forgiving man.

My current book departs from the Vigilante accounts. In "Lou and Willy" a widow escapes the slums of St. Louis in 1900 with her two young sons and her frail younger brother to take up a homestead in eastern Montana. Her younger son, Willy, grew up to be known as Bill, or "Dad." He was my father.

Dad had lots of pithy Western sayings, some of which keep me going to this day. In my mind's ear I can still hear him: "It's a great life, kid, if you don't weaken." And "You can't holler whoa in a bad spot."

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