Peter Bowen (b. 1945) is best known for his mystery novels set in
the modern American West. When he was ten, Bowen's family moved to
Bozeman, Montana, where a paper route introduced him to the
grizzled old cowboys who frequented a bar called The Oaks.
Listening to their stories, some of which stretched back to the
1870s, Bowen found inspiration for his later fiction.
Following time at the University of Michigan and the University of Montana, he published his first novel, Yellowstone Kelly, in 1987. After two more novels featuring the real-life western hero, Bowen published Coyote Wind (1994), which introduced Gabriel Du Pre, a mixed-race lawman living in fictional Toussaint, Montana. He has written fifteen novels in the series, in which Du Pre gets tangled up in everything from cold-blooded murder to the hunt for rare fossils. Bowen continues to live and write in Livingston, Montana.
"Bowen has taken the antihero of Hemingway and Hammett and brought him up to date. . . . As the best literary novels are able to do, Coyote Wind brings many worlds together and hones the language to create a fresh, memorable character and a profound vision." -The New York Times Book Review "Distinguished by realistic dialogue, a fluid inclusion of local history and Du Pre's convincing concern with guilt, repentance and tradition, this is a deeply textured tale." -Publishers Weekly "Gabe's rhythmic, regional voice and his sly wit take the novel to another level." -Booklist