Russell Rowland’s Cold Country

Livingston’s Elk River Books will hold the book release event for Russell Rowland’s new murder mystery, Cold Country, on Thursday, Nov. 14. The free reading and discussion will begin at 7 p.m. in the bookstore’s upstairs event room, and will include a book signing and reception.

Set in Montana during the late 1960s, Cold Country finds Paradise Valley torn apart with wild accusations and dark secrets following the murder of popular rancher and notorious bachelor Tom Butcher.

According to Kirkus Reviews, “The mystery of who’s offed Tom and why becomes the engine of the novel but not its subject or reason for being: This is a love letter to the small-town, rough-and-tumble, fisticuff-heavy ranch life of 50 years ago. Rowland’s interest in the murder plot is mainly as a way to explore a subject that cozy mysteries generally gloss over: How do you live in a community where neighbors have no choice but to stay in close contact, to trust and rely upon each other, when you know that one of those neighbors must be a killer who’s hiding in plain sight?”

Rowland is the author of five novels, including In Open Spaces and Arbuckle, as well as the critically acclaimed nonfiction collection, Fifty-Six Counties, about his travels to every county in Montana. He also hosts a radio show, also called “Fifty-Six Counties,” on Montana Public Radio. He lives in Billings.

Elk River Books, a member of the Antiquarian Bookseller’s Association of America, specializes in collectible outdoor, regional and Western history books, and provides a lively venue for southwest Montana’s unique literary community. For more information, call 333-2330.

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