Bear Stalker Gabriel Hawke Novels Book 10
by Paty Jager Genre: Police Procedural, Game Warden Mystery Thriller
Greed, misdirection, and murder have Hawke rushing to track his sister in the Montana wilderness before she becomes the next victim. Bear Stalkeris book 10 in the highly acclaimed Gabriel Hawke Game Warden mystery series.
Oregon State Trooper Gabriel Hawke’s sister, Marion, is on a corporate retreat in Montana when she becomes a murder suspect. Running for her life from the real killer, she contacts Hawke for help.
Hawke heads to Montana to find his sister and prove she isn’t a murderer. He hasn’t seen Marion in over twenty years but he knows she wouldn’t kill the man she was about to marry.
As they dig into possible embezzlement, two more murders, and find themselves trying to outsmart a wilderness-wise kidnapper, Hawke realizes his sister needs to return home and immerse herself in their heritage. Grief is a journey that must be traveled and knowing her fiancé had wanted Marion to dance again, Hawke believes their culture would help her heal.
Reviews of Bear Stalker by Amazon Reviewers:
I love reading the Hawke series. Hawke is a very caring person though he comes off as a little distant and wary. This however comes from his years on the reservation, in the military, and as a trooper for the state Fish and Wildlife department. Hawke will do what it takes to protect someone who is hurt or innocent even if it means he bends a few rules and keeps things from her boss. The mystery is great. There are plenty of twists, turns, and red herrings to keep you guessing who is behind everything. I recommend this to mystery fans and fans of police procedurals. Also anyone who enjoys reading mysteries with indigenous characters.
The Gabriel Hawke mystery series is very compelling. I loved this latest book in the series!
It combines hunting a murderer, Native American culture, and the importance of family.
The ancient art of tracking is his greatest strength...
And his biggest weakness.
Fish and Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke is a master tracker. His determination to discover what is at the end of the trail in the wilderness, a paper trail, or a murder investigation helps him uncover the truth. His desire to stay true to his ancestors and Indigenous roots keeps him grounded.
Reviews from a blog tour for book #1:
This traditional mystery, book #1 in a new series, has good character depth and features a strong Native American character.~The Power of Words
"The blend of nature tracking, clues, and the animals makes for a fascinating mystery that is hard to put down."~Books a Plenty Book Reviews
Her (Jager's) writing is well-crafted, gripping, authentic. The story appeals right from the beginning, mainly because of her unique protagonist, Fish & Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke. Readers will eagerly follow every step (and miss-step) of his investigation into this complex, multi-faceted murder. ~Here’s How It Happened
Murder of Ravens
Gabriel Hawke #1
Game warden Gabriel Hawke is after poachers in the Wallowa Whitman National Forest, when he comes across a body wearing a wolf tracking collar. **Audiobook On Sale at Authors' Direct for only $1.99!!** https://www.books2read.com/u/bxZwMP
Mouse Trail Ends
Gabriel Hawke #2
Dead bodies in the wilderness. A child is missing. Hawke is an expert tracker, but he isn’t the only one looking for the child. https://books2read.com/u/mlYaWB
Gabriel Hawke #3
Fish and Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke encounters a hunter with an illegal tag. The name on the tag belongs to the Wallowa County District Attorney and the man holding the tag isn’t the public defender. When the hunter ends up dead, Hawke believes the DA is the killer. https://books2read.com/u/3JyooJ
Chattering Blue Jay
Gabriel Hawke #4
Hawke is enlisted to find an escaped prisoner. He’s paired with a boastful tracker who doesn’t follow directions, making them both targets. https://books2read.com/u/4NQJ2o
Fox Goes Hunting
Gabriel Hawke #5
In Iceland to teach a tracking class, Hawke discovers a body in a boiling mud pool. He has five days to catch the killer. https://books2read.com/u/3yEjKv
Turkey’s Fiery Demise
Gabriel Hawke #6
State Trooper Gabriel Hawke is called to a vehicle on fire. When the steam and smoke clears, a charred body is slumped over the steering wheel. Hawke doesn’t believe it was an accident. https://books2read.com/u/38RnOZ
Gabriel Hawke #7
Angered over how the local officials are responding to a missing Umatilla woman, Hawke teams up with a security guard at the Indian casino and an FBI agent. Together they uncover a human trafficking ring. https://books2read.com/u/baZEPq
Gabriel Hawke #8
After finding an abandoned vehicle, Hawke digs for clues and turns up two bodies buried on a farm. Who killed the two and why keeps Hawke circling for answers, forcing the killer to burrow down or attack. https://books2read.com/u/mZZx2l
Owl’s Silent Strike
Gabriel Hawke #9
Unexpected snowstorm. Unfortunate accident. And a body. Gabriel Hawke must battle a snowstorm to find a killer and get off the mountain alive. https://books2read.com/u/bw19DG
Paty Jager is the award-winning author of the Shandra Higheagle mysteries, Gabriel Hawke Novels, and Spotted Pony Casino Mystery series. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters. Paty and her husband raise alfalfa hay in rural eastern Oregon. Riding horses and battling rattlesnakes, she not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.
Who Doesn’t Love a Bear?
Before writing Bear Stalker, book 10 in my Gabriel Hawke series, I took a road trip to Montana. Why Montana? As I mentioned in another blog post on this tour, it was due to a lake resort I’d seen on a trip with my hubby. And that is in another post as well. ?
I kidnapped my sister-in-law for this trip. She’s always willing to go on research trips with me.
One of the places I needed to see for my research was a section of wilderness. I wanted Hawke’s sister to be hiding from a killer in this area. Which meant I wanted to experience it. Not by hiking or backpacking though I would have if there hadn’t been a road. Not a well-traveled road, but a road nonetheless.
After a conversation with a local who said, “Yes, my Jeep Cherokee would make it across the road,” we headed for the road.
At first the road was pavement, then gravel, and eventually mud and rock. We also encountered rain, sleet, and some snow while traversing the one-lane, pothole-riddled portion of the road.
But it was worth every slow mile and easing through some large holes. The pine and fir trees were bright green. The spring plants were leafing and budding out. The streams we drove beside and crossed were bubbling with melted snow from higher regions.
And the best part was seeing a bear.
I spotted something brown moving behind a bush as we crept along the road. I mentioned to my sister-in-law something moved. She looked and we both gasped with joy as a small bear stepped out from behind the bush. I put the Jeep in park, and she rolled down the window. We watched the bear grubbing, looking for food, under rocks and limbs.
I handed my sister-in-law my phone and asked her to take photos since the bear was on her side of the road. She made kissy sounds to get the bear’s attention and took several photos. One of them is the cover of the book.
We sat there watching the bear until he disappeared. Then we continued on across the road.
I didn’t have a title for this book until I saw the photos and decided one of the photos my sister-in-law took would be the cover of the book. Because I have animals on all of my Hawke books, I came up with Bear Stalker as the title due to the fact the killer and Hawke are both trying to find Small Bear (a nickname Hawke and his mother called his sister when she was small).
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