After his fight manager slips rat poison into his energy drink, a martial arts legend hits the skids and seizes the opportunity to front a massive grow operation bent on supplying almost all of Montucky’s medical marijuana.
As he rides herd on a U-Haul full of weed and equipment from California, the western landscape triggers strange memories. He relives the agonies of his ancestor, famed mountain man Hugh Glass. The bear that nearly did him in. The men who betrayed him. All the stories folks have heard. But the pirate treasure Glass buried first? Only he knows that one.
How’s that possible? His forebear’s deep inside him somehow. Reincarnation? An ancient Indian legend fulfilled? Blood-swapped DNA?
Memories give way to hallucinatory visions as, stoned, he retraces the return route of Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery. But Lewis and Clark never had to contend with the Highway Patrol.
His childhood sweetheart awaits his safe arrival. She’s part of the Paradise Valley Church of the Universal and Triumphant cult north of Yellowstone. Their belief in reincarnation and reembodiment might explain what’s going on with him. But their apocalyptic one about stockpiled armored vehicles and assault weapons makes him wonder.
Her son’s waiting too. Still scarred by the mysterious death of his father, he’s struggling to grow exceptional cannabis while the green rush is on. Runs low he turns to California’s bounty. Again.
His ranch heiress girlfriend, a brilliant geneticist out to revolutionize the cattle industry, fights to keep him safe and legal, inside state lines and under the 99-plant federal limit. It’s a rough and rocky romance but he’s finally got his feet back on the ground.
Her biggest obstacle is the wealthy landowner out to take over Montucky’s loose-knit medical marijuana scene. He’s got the money to do it but she wouldn’t trust him to lead a calf to pasture—much less her true love to prison.
Contemporary dialogue reminiscent of Elmore Leonard meets epic backstory worthy of Larry McMurtry as new west and old west fuse in FOREBEAR, the first of three Montucky crime novels vividly depicting the rise and fall of medical marijuana in a cowboy state.
Marshall Lewis Gaddis is a writer, actor and musician. After appearing in a number of films by noted indie auteur Jon Jost, his most recent role in “Copper City” by Jason Massot will appear in early 2017.
He received his B.A. in creative writing from the Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa, where Kurt Vonnegut guided his honors thesis, and his M.F.A. from the University of Montana where he subsequently taught writing. He divides his time between southwestern Montana and San Diego’s North County.
His forebears include the writer William Gaddis and the explorer Meriwether Lewis. FOREBEAR is his first novel.
- Pronoun, September 2016
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