Karen’s Killer Book Bench: RATTLESNAKE BROTHER, A Gabriel Hawke Novel Book 3 #NativeAmerican #PoliceProcedural by Paty Jager

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A Gabriel Hawke Novel Book 3


Corrupt officials.

Illegal hunters.

Death to those who dare complain.

Fish and Wildlife State Trooper Gabriel Hawke encounters a hunter with an illegal tag. The name on the tag belongs to the Wallowa County District Attorney and the man holding the tag isn’t the public defender.

As Hawke digs to find out if the DA is corrupt, the hunter’s body is found. Zeroing in on the DA, Hawke finds he has more suspects than the DA and more deaths than the hunter.




They say, or have said, it takes a village to raise a child. In my case it takes a village to help me write a mystery book.

I have no prior experience in law enforcement or the law (as it pertains to this book, Rattlesnake Brother) and I’ve only seen dead human bodies that have died of natural causes. Yet, I want my books to sound as if I know what I’m talking about. To make that happen, I go to experts.

I’m thankful I have a son-in-law who is a Lieutenant in the State Police and has gone up the ladder having also been in the drug enforcement team in the state. He has boundless stories and knowledge I can pick. And it was a friend of his who is a Fish and Wildlife State Trooper in Wallowa County who took me on a ride-along for a day and explained as much about his job and what it all entailed in the time we spent together. He showed me the various pieces of equipment in his vehicle that helped him do his job as well as had me listen in while he asked some anglers about their fishing licenses.

The other group of people I wouldn’t be able to write a mystery without are the medical, military, and law men and women who are part of an online group who answer all mystery writer’s questions about poisons, bullets, guns, what a body would look like if it fell from twenty feet, if a character could still do their job after being shot….the list goes on and on. I am thankful for that group, because I have made some great connections to answer questions about planes and helicopters because one of my ongoing secondary characters is a pilot.

And this book, I was thankful I have a niece who is a paralegal and has worked for a lawyer and has seen the inner workings of a small District Attorney’s office. I haven’t, and I wasn’t sure given the political climate in my county right now, if I could walk into this district county office and start asking the types of questions I could ask my niece. 😉

After I get all the information from the professionals that I rely on for the mystery side of my story, I turn to my critique partners to catch loopholes and inconsistencies in my plots. Then a beta reader who has a law enforcement husband, and then my editor.

I go through my book one more time after I get it back from my editor before sending it to a proofreader. She inevitably finds a few more things that need fixed, and then it’s off to the ebook vendors to get into the hands of the reader.

As you see, I not only write about villages (towns) in my books, but I am in need of them to help me write the book.

About Author Paty Jager…

Paty Jager is an award-winning author of 39 novels, 8 novellas, and numerous anthologies of murder mystery and western romance. All her work has Western or Native American elements in them along with hints of humor and engaging characters.This is what Books a Plenty Book Reviews has to say about the Gabriel Hawke series: “The blend of nature tracking, clues, and the animals makes for a fascinating mystery that is hard to put down.”


Links to Paty’s website, blog, books, etc.

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**SPECIAL GIVEAWAY**: Paty will give away an ebook copy of the first book in the series, MURDER OF RAVENS, to one lucky reader who comments on her Karen’s Killer Book Bench blog.

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11 Responses to Karen’s Killer Book Bench: RATTLESNAKE BROTHER, A Gabriel Hawke Novel Book 3 #NativeAmerican #PoliceProcedural by Paty Jager

  1. Kathleen Bylsma says:

    My goodness! Not only a terrific blurb but great backstory.
    Thanks, Karen and Paty.

  2. Paty Jager says:

    Thank you Kathleen! It is a fun series to write.

  3. Karen Docter says:

    Good morning, Paty, and welcome back to Karen’s Killer Book Bench. Loved the explanation of how you write. It’s always fascinating to see how other authors develop their stories. Effective cover! Captures the eye. Thanks for sharing your book with us today!

  4. Judy. Tulloch says:

    Paty, you peaked my interest when reading the short blurb. So, I went on Amazon and read the book descriptions to the 3 books in this series. They had me wanting more of Gabriel Hawke! I’m fairly new to this genre of books. I really enjoyed your blog. It sounds like you have a wonderful “village” with a wealth of knowledge to fall back on when writing a new book.
    Karen, you did it again having an author new to me. Thanks to both of you!

    • Karen Docter says:

      You’re welcome, Judy. Finding new authors (for all of us) is the goal, right? Happy Reading!

      • Judy Tulloch says:

        I wrote another comment 2 hours ago but wasn’t posted when I wrote this one about 2hrs later. Reason for 2 comments. Don’t know what happened.😖

        • Karen Docter says:

          Hmmm, I saw it and approved it this afternoon so I’m not sure why you couldn’t see it. I even responded. Do you see it now?

          • Judy Tulloch says:

            This was the first one at
            1:38 pm. when I wrote the 2nd one at 3:25pm when i was checking a comment from someone else and this one at written at 1:38 hadn’t posted. 2 hrs later when this one hadn’t posted, I wrote it again at 3:25pm. At 7:09 pm I noticed both were on and that’s when ai let you know.
            I hope I didn’t confuse you any. Usually when I write a comment, it posts within a few minutes. I figured I must have not hit send hard enough or didn’t when I thought Idid. This iPad has given me problems like this a lot lately.Im sorry for the confusion.

  5. Helen Rodin Drake says:

    Hi Patty,
    This cover definitely grabbed my attention. I enjoy mysteries and reading about Native Americans. I have been to several powwows in Northeast Ohio. Your books sound very intriguing!

  6. Judy Tulloch says:

    Paty, the blurb really peaked my interest, so I went on Amazon and read the book descriptions for all 3 books in the series. I found myself wanting Gabriel Hawkes, his books that is. I just recently started to read some books in this genre. It looks like you have a wonderful “village” with a wealth of knowledge to fall back on. Thanks to both you and a Karen!

  7. bn100 says:

    interesting cover

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