Monday, May 23, 2011

Ride the Jawbone: a historical legal mystery

Over a hundred years ago, Richard A. Harlow, for whom Harlowton, Montana was named, saw the need for a railroad to connect mining and ranching communities with the world, via the Northern Pacific at Lombard. He financed and built the Montana Railway by persuasive jawboning. Twelve years ago, rancher and attorney, Jim Moore, observed the decaying railroad bed left over from Harlow’s “Jawbone Railroad,” and thought, “Someone should write a story about it.” He took on the task. A year ago, Janet Hill, president of Raven Publishing, Inc. read Jim’s manuscript and decided it was a story that should be shared. Later this summer, or early fall, the book will be in print for anyone to read. It is already available in Amazon's Kindle Store and on as an e-book

You won’t want to miss the intriguing tale about a young, newly-minted lawyer who takes on the seemingly impossible task of defending of a loathsome vagrant accused of murdering a beautiful young woman and throwing her body from the train. Interwoven in this story is an accurate, well-researched history of the era, 1902, with details or ranching practices, transportation modes, and the social and business life in the small towns that sprang up along the course of the Jawbone in its route through Sixteen-mile Canyon, over the pass between the Little Belt and the Castle Mountains, and on to Two Dot in the Musselshell River Valley.

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