Izzy Sain, a cattleman’s daughter working as a professional photographer, is on a river trip with old pals and her new lover, a Bureau of Land Management ranger, when she comes across a grisly find. Because she grew up in the Missouri Breaks and knows more about this dreamlike geography than anyone, she’s recruited as a special BLM deputy to help investigate what appears to be a double homicide related to the increasingly lucrative trade in Cretaceous fossils stolen from federal land.
So begins a torrid, physical, hilarious, and frightening summer of cop work and love, that includes a farm-implement demolition derby, screeching parties and luscious home cooking. Izzy’s adventures take her to a holographic theater operated by Creationists in Alberta, a Hollywood dinner, and back to Montana, where two more victims tied to fossil poaching are discovered.
“What makes Vaughn’s book stand out is the consistently superior writing and his deft touch with local detail,” writes Ed Kemmick in the Last Best News.
The Missoula author also wrote Hawthorn, published last year by Yale University Press. The accomplished graphic artist has designed and composed more than 400 books. Visit www.makingbones.com for details on this one.