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What do a couple of stolen trout flies have in common with two bodies buried up in the Gravelly Range near Ennis, Montana? That's for Sean Stranahan, part-time artist, fly fisherman, private detective and river guide to find out. The story gets more interesting as Sean and Sheriff Martha Ettinger discover that the bodies belonged to men with a terminal illness, and the two flies were collectibles worth over $17,000. Throw in a host of intriguing characters -- bikini baristas, redneck river guides, gay hairdresser fly tiers, and hardscrabble Montana politicians; and several pickup truck loads of cultish Montana lore and idiom, and the result is an enormously entertaining read.
The Gray Ghost Murders is Keith McCafferty's second fly fishing mystery, and his best yet. His first, The Royal Wulff Murders was interesting, but McCafferty was feeling his way into the mystery novel form. With the Gray Ghost Murders he has found his way, and we can look forward to tasty literary lunches along the Madison River with Sean and gang in the future.