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August 15, 2019

My latest thriller, DIRTY MONEY, is available for purchase now! This is the second novel in the Brian & Darcy McKay series, following 2017's BONE MOUNTAIN. The new book is about murders at a corrupt mega-corporation headquartered in Chicago and with a spectacular ranch in Montana near Yellowstone National Park. Arthur Plotnik, author of The Elements of Expression and other language bestsellers, describes DIRTY MONEY: "A taut plot, meaty details and stone-scary heavies, all of which Hughes delvers express."

You can buy DIRTY MONEY through local bookstores, such as Elk River Books in Livingston, Montana as well as the usual online stores like Amazon. I'm proud of this latest book. If you like page-turning thrillers ala' Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, you'll enjoy DIRTY MONEY.

February 27, 2018

What is a dinosaur dig like in the real world (as opposed to depiction in a novel such as my BONE MOUNTAIN)? It's hard work, first outdoors under the relentless western sun. Then, the bones are shipped to the lab, where preparators strip the plaster casts off and use specialized tools to make the bones ready for exhibition as parts of a dinosaur skeleton.

While I was researching Bone Mountain, I had the privilege of working on a dinosaur dig in Wyoming. Even in September, the sun beat down like a blazing fire and the dry air made frequent water breaks a must. Have a look at my photos below: There's a huge dinosaur thigh bone in plaster jacket awaiting work in the lab. A petroglyph (prehistoric rock carving) of a jackrabbit at the digsite, two field workers labeling a jacketed bone, a canopy set up to shield workers from the glare of the sun, a...

November 21, 2017

Here are a few more pictures I took while researching and writing Bone Mountain. There are a couple of the "Sue" T. Rex skeleton at the Field Museum in Chicago. There's another of a peak in the Crazy Mountains in Montana that ended up (revised) on the cover of Bone Mountain—notice the hiker at the bottom of the picture: Darcy McKay? Next, there's a shot of the snowy Crazy Mountains in Spring. And finally, Mona Lisa holding a copy of Bone Mountain—this shot appeared on my Facebook page:  http://facebook.com/robertdhughes.author

October 4, 2017

I'm excited. I've been publishing mystery short stories and western history articles in magazines since the 1990s. And now, my first novel, BONE MOUNTAIN, has just been published. It's the first in a series of thrillers starring ex-FBI agent Brian McKay and his intrepid niece, college student Darcy McKay. In Bone Mountain, the McKays team up to defeat a violent and nasty gang shadowing the workers excavating the world's first 100% intact T. rex skeleton. The action jumps between Montana and Chicago. Darcy thought her summer job helping on a world-class T. Rex excavation would  be fun and enlightening. She didn't bargain for being shot and kidnapped as she worked on a dinosaur bone. Brian helps Darcy confront mega-greedy killers, bent law enforcement individuals and a sketchy Chicago billionaire, all with plenty to hide. I really hope you enjoy Bone Mou...

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