The seventh novel in the acclaimed Sean Stranahan mystery series. Scarecrows are appearing in the cliffs above the Smith River in Montana, and state investigator Harold Little Feather, is trying to discover the culprit behind the menacing hay figures. On the surface, the incidents are related to a copper mining project that threatens the river, but his investigation takes an ominous turn when a little girl claims that a scarecrow chased her in the night, and a decapitated body is found in the park. At the same time, Sean Stranahan and Rainbow Sam Meslik have been contracted as guides to float a party down the river, which includes the manager of the mine project, Clint McCaine; Bart Trueblood, the president of Save Our Smith, a grassroots organization devoted to stopping the project; and the documentarian filming them. Both men grew up on the Smith on neighbouring ranches, and as they travel further down the river, it s revealed that the two have a shared history that runs much deeper and darker than their opposing viewpoints.
AUTHOR: Keith McCafferty is the survival and outdoor skills editor of Field and Stream, and the author of The Royal Wulff Murders, The Gray Ghost Murders, Dead Man s Fancy, Crazy Mountain Kiss, which won the 2016 Spur Award for Best Western Contemporary Novel, Buffalo Jump Blues, and Cold Hearted River. Winner of the Traver Award for angling literature, he is a two-time National Magazine awards finalist. He lives with his wife in Bozeman, Montana.