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A doctor on a quest to make a difference. A flirty widow with a suspiciously dead husband. Stranded on the Wind River Indian Reservation in a deadly blizzard, Patrick Flint is about to figure out just how much of an outsider he really is. 

Patrick Flint feels a calling to volunteer at the impoverished Indian Health Services clinic on the Wind River Reservation that he can't completely explain. His wife Susanne usually supports him, but her family is coming for their first Wyoming visit, 12-year-old Perry is stir crazy and looking for trouble, teenager Trish is dangerously in love, and Suzanne and Patrick are in the final stages of negotiations on their dream house. The Christmas holidays are not a convenient time for him to be gone, or to be out of communication, which is exactly what happens when a series of blizzards knocks out power and phone lines all over the region.

When Patrick arrives in Fort Washakie to a flirty reception from the young clinic manager, Constance, he discovers Big Mike Teton, a tribal council member, dead in the parking lot. The circumstances point toward poisoning, but local law enforcement pooh-poohs that idea the second Patrick brings it up. So does Big Mike's widow—none other than the lovely Constance.

Stranded in the storm, Patrick follows his heart and the medical evidence in his quest to figure out what killed Big Mike. No one on the reservation seems happy about his involvement. But they aren't half as unhappy with him as Susanne is back in Buffalo when their realtor calls with a make-or-break counteroffer on the house, and she still can't reach him after two days of radio silence.

As Patrick's investigation begins to ruffle the wrong feathers, a frantic Susanne loads up the kids and her extended family for a trek across Wyoming to roust her husband, only to discover she's not the only woman with a strong interest in the good doctor.

©2019 Pamela Fagan Hutchins (P)2019 Pamela Fagan Hutchins

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Suspense in Wyoming

This is the second book I've read in this series. Getting to know the family better was a real treat. Looking forward to reading more by this author

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Do not waste your money on this book.

I can’t begin to tell you how much I HATE the fact the author/ narrator pauses so long between chapters AND the fact she gives date and time at the beginning of each chapter. Story very cheesy.

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good book

This was a great book. I enjoyed the whole book I will listen to many more

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Flynt Family Christmas Vacation

So much to love about this book! The Wyoming adventures of the Flynt family are sure to capture your interest until the end!

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  • 08-23-20

Snake Oil - Dr Flint, a man of his time?

As always, the characters come to life in a Pamela Fagan Hutchins book.. I found the main protagonists, Patrick Flint and his wife Suzanne very human, with great values a social behaviours. I thought the way Patrick made decisions a bit domineering, although many men behaved that way in 1976, many did not. I also found Suzanne's jealousy and quick rage based assaults very immature and out of character for responsible, example setting parent. The story is engaging and fast moving, making it hard to put down. Please write more Patrick Flint, but grow the characters up a bit.