On the Murder We Write Mystery Blog Tour
An excerpt from Gray Wolf Mountain by Jean Henry Mead
Gus Blake’s house was even older than its owner. The patched, multi-colored shingled roof drooped above a square of dried, splintered logs. Yellow wildflowers bloomed near the entry and Gladys, his ancient truck, was parked in an old shed adjacent to the cabin.
When Sarah knocked Gus failed to answer. She thought he may be around back caring for his wolves. So she and Dana trudged through ankle deep weeds and they found him in an old shed the size of the one that housed Gladys. His back was turned as he bent over a makeshift bed perched on a battered table. The wolf appeared asleep but they stood back in case it wasn’t. A dark cloth muzzle insured that Gus wouldn’t be bitten if the wolf regained consciousness. Dana also noticed straps that held the animal in place.
Gus turned briefly to eye them. “I knowed you’d show up sooner or later. How’d you find me?”
Dana smiled. “We never reveal our sources. Why did you leave so early this morning?”
“Sylvia here ain’t doin’ so good.” He pointed to a large wound on the wolf’s shoulder. “Lost a lotta blood.”
“Poor thing.” Sarah reached to pet the wounded animal.
“I wouldn’t do that, ma’am. She might come to and try to defend herself.”
They watched as Gus changed a bloody bandage before Dana asked what they could do to help.
He stopped what he was doing to stare up at Dana, who towered over him. “If you really wanna help, buy a new shed with bunks and cages for the wolves.”
Dana didn’t hesitate. “ Consider it done. How about a metal building with a heavy lock so the shooter can’t burn it down. Or get inside.”
Gus’s grin was wide and Dana thought he was going to hug her. “You’re the angels I been prayin’ for.”
“I think you’re the angel, Gus. I don’t know of anyone else who would risk his life to save the wolves.”
“They’re just wild dogs that most people don’t care about. But there is some that do, like the Wild Life people.”
“I don’t understand why they were taken off the endangered species list. Weren’t they nearly wiped off the planet during the nineteen thirties?”
The little man clinched his fists, his face an angry crimson. “It was Congress that done the deed back in April, two thousand and eleven. They took protection for wolves in the northern
Rockies off the budget. A Montana
congressman made sure they was delisted even though some federal court declared
it unconstitutional back in oh-nine.” Idaho
If they could destroy the wolf population, Dana thought, they could do the same to all wildlife, one animal at a time. . .
Buy link for Gray Wolf Mountain: http://www.amazon.com/Mountain-Cafferty-Mystery-Suspense-ebook/dp/B008UEH6ZA/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1350675171&sr=1-1&keywords=gray+wolf+mountain
A print or ebook copy of Gray Wolf Mountain will be awarded at the end of the tour to someone who leaves a comment at Jean Henry Mead’s various hosted blogsites.
Bio: Jean Henry Mead is the author of 18 books, including the Logan & Cafferty mystery/suspense series, Hamilton Kids’ mysteries, historical fiction and nonfiction. She’s also a national award-winning photojournalist published domestically as well as aboard. The former news, magazine and small press editor has also edited five books of interviews with celebrities, politicians and bestselling authors such as Sue Grafton (The Mystery Writers) and Carolyn Hart (Mysterious Writers).