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Phoebe Siegel has a brother who’s a priest; her other brother was a cop and everyone thinks he killed himself. Her sister is a recovering drug addict. And Fee, as the folks in Billings, Montana, call her, is a divorced ex-cop with a private investigator’s license. Things could be worse…and they’re about to get that way.
Just north of Billings, there’s a place called Whispering Pines. It’s a nice, gentle name, a fitting name for a rehab center. But what happens there is anything but gentle, and the things Phoebe finds out about the people who run it, about her brother, and about some of the other things that happen under the Big Sky, leave the pines anything but whispering. It begins in March, a month Fee usually takes as a vacation because everything awful that has ever happened to her has happened then. But the woman seeking help with her daughter has an ace up her sleeve. In the file she turns over there’s a picture of a young woman wearing…[more]
Tough as barbed wire and just as tightly strung, Phoebe Siegel is a cop turned private detective with too much past, too much family, and a talent for diving too deep into a case.
Bob Maitland is the golden boy of Montana politics, poised to run for governor. There’s just one loose end in his life—the 27-year-old killing of his heiress wife, Ellen, which was never solved. Maitland wants Phoebe Siegel to find the long-missing construction worker who either committed or witnessed the murder. Phoebe, no fan of Maitland’s style, promises only to think it over. After Maitland trumpets their supposed agreement to the press, Phoebe hears from another potential client. Frank Chillman swears Ellen Maitland’s murder and the murder of his prostitute sister, one day later, are related. Before Phoebe can even check out his story, he’s found shot to death. With a dead man for a client, she plunges into the case, trying to find the connection between a rich wallflower and a hard-luck call girl who died three decades ago. The trail is long cold, but it heats up quickly as someone starts stalking Phoebe, with another killing in mind….
Set against the magnificence of Montana’s Big Sky, The Killing of Monday Brown delves deeply into Indian Country as Billings private investigator Phoebe Siegel comes into contact and conflict with Crow culture.
There are a lot of people who might want to see Monday Brown permanently removed: He wasn’t an ideal husband, his business practices left many things to be desired, and his profession was an insult to and assault on the lives of Native Americans. As a trader in Indian artifacts, Brown would stop at nothing to replenish his stock of goods, even if a grave had to be desecrated to ensure profit. When he disappears and the circumstantial evidence points to his having been murdered, the police move quickly to make an arrest.
Twenty-year-old Matthew Wolf makes a good suspect: a hot-blooded Gulf War veteran with a big mouth and a propensity for…[more]