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The sixth novel in the acclaimed Sean Stranahan mystery series

Sheriff Martha Ettinger reunites with once-again lover and sometime private detective Sean Stranahan to investigate the death of a woman who was stranded in a spring snowstorm. When a fly wallet is found in a pannier on the saddle of the woman's horse, the leather engraved with the initials EH, Stranahan shows the wallet to Patrick Willoughby, the president of the Madison River Liars and Fly Tiers Club. Only a few days before, Willoughby was approached by a man selling fishing gear that had belonged to a famous outdoorsman and writer. All the clues point to an obsession with Ernest Hemingway, and Sean soon finds himself on the trail of a missing steamer trunk rumored to contain not only the writer's valuable fly fishing gear but perhaps even priceless samples of his unpublished work.

The investigation leads Sean into the salacious world of Chinese traditional medicines and through one extraordinary chapter in Hemingway's life to another. From a trout river in Michigan where a woman grapples with the cold in her hands and heart to the ruins of Havana and finally to a cabin in Wyoming under the Froze to Death Plateau, Keith McCafferty's latest novel in the Sean Stranahan mystery series is a thrilling tale.

©2017 Keith McCafferty (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Very very good book

Great character development, interesting content, mystery is seen through thick opaque glass, and the overall feeling from the narratives one of lighthearted joy that all will be well. Conversational dialogue is excellent and real, perhaps the highlight of the book. The narration was simply excellent. Get the book and enjoy yourself. Mike Dunn

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If a mystery involves mountains, horses, fly fishing, Ernest Hemingway and a leisurely read of Literary Import...set in today's cell phone and high tech world...
well, I'll listen to it twice. I had trouble stopping for any interruption. Perfect for bored redtless minds on a hot, humid summer day.

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Very clever take on "lost Hemingway"

Great characterization and setting, and very clever twists on literary legends. The plot is intriguing to the end-- and not easy to guess.

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What‘a to like?

My practice is to chose an author and read their books In order. There is not a compelling story or character within all the hours I have wasted. Sean is an ambiguous drifter and the Sheriff woman so unappealing as to be meaningless. As I envelope myself in these ponderous tales, I rarely think, “what was the point?” This is sadly one of those times. One to go, as I finish what I start. This is a rare time when I wonder why did I waste the money and the more valuable time.

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An Ode to Papa

McCafferty makes known his affinity for all things Hemingway within the first few pages and why not? They are both men who’s love for literature may only be surpassed by a love for the outdoors (and women). Initially I was all in for a Hemingway themed treasure hunt featuring the great Sean Stranahan but I soon began to yearn for the people and places that make this series what it is. Less from the usual cast of characters, less time fishing and pondering on Montana’s idyllic rivers and less time spent by McCafferty explaining what makes Montana so different and special in his eyes. A solid entry in the series but far from my favorite.

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I really enjoyed the story. It never was dull.

Great story. The author painted a very vivid adventure. I enjoyed the weaving in of Hemingway and his history.

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So much wandering.

My least favorite of the series to date. So much wandering, both physically and metaphorically, that eventually I just didn’t care anymore. But then, no one hits a home run every time at bat. (And as usual, my advice that the narrator check his pronunciations, especially regarding place names. Other than that, excellent job!)

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Beautiful descriptors

Best one of the series I think , well at least a tie with Buffalo Jump. Oh one comment to Rick Holmes: the nickname of a Subaru is not pronounced “subbie as in submarine “. But pronounced suby as is sue-bee. Just saying

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I like this series, will read the next one, but found this story disappointing. Other reviewers loved it, but I found the story-line fragmented, difficult to swallow. The characters continue to be interesting.

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too much unrelated sex in.

too much emphasis on carnal activities unrelated and not necessary to story line which was excellent. nice to see wild Kitty and owner survived.