A Field & Stream Exclusive: THE ROYAL WULFF MURDERS by Keith McCafferty, Part Five
February 7, 2012
Belly up to a bar in West Yellowstone or Ennis and you might find yourself talking to a creatively profane fishing guide, a down-on-his-luck artist who can't afford rent, the millionaire owner of a streamside log-cabin mansion who uses it only two weeks a year, or a pretty woman with a box of trout flies and a cryptic background.
That's the kind of people you meet in Montana's trout fishing country. And that's why The Royal Wulff Murders ($27; us.penguingroup.com), field editor Keith McCafferty's new novel, features such an eclectic bunch.
Why would McCafferty--a talented elk hunter, survival expert, and unabashed steelhead bum who has written nearly 500 articles for _Field & Stream_--enter the fiction business?
"I decided to write a book the night I slept on the ground on a mountain for a Field & Stream assignment," says McCafferty, a 30-year Bozeman resident. "It was so cold in the middle of the night that rather than get up, I peed myself. [Editor's note: Sorry, Keith!] That did it."
The following is an exclusive online-only excerpt from McCafferty's novel. It is the fourth of five parts. Look for Part Five next week. --Mike Toth WARNING: The following excerpt contains adult language. Reader discretion is advised.
Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., from THE ROYAL WULFF MURDERS by Keith McCafferty, to be published on February 16, 2012.
Copyright (C) 2012 by Keith McCafferty