Neil McMahon holds a degree in psychology from Stanford and was a Stegner fellow. He has published ten novels, in addition to the bestselling thriller Toys, coauthored with James Patterson. He lives in Missoula, Montana, where his wife directs the annual Montana Festival of the Book.
From the moment construction hand Hugh Davoren found the dead horses buried on the Pettyjohn Ranch, he was a man in trouble, on the run from owner Wesley Balcomb, who wants him out of the picture. But Hugh is tough, in the way that all good Western heroes are tough, and he has friends-an old flame to bail him out of jail and a Native American veteran of the Vietnam War-to help him cope with the hit man sent to get him. Multiple mysteries, including the death of a young girl 20 years earlier on the ranch, combine to create a gripping Western thriller that keeps readers turning the pages. McMahon broke into writing with medical thrillers (To the Bone, Blood Double) but has returned to his roots in Montana for his fifth novel. Recommended for most large fiction collections.-Ken St. Andre, Phoenix P.L. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
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.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
"McMahon . . . delivers his finest achievement to date with this
beautifully written stand-alone set in contemporary
"McMahon is a writer and a half.... his words carry for miles."--New York Times Book Review