Montana in 1917 was not necessarily a hospitable place for Germans. World War I was raging and America had just declared its intent to help the British and the French. Not everyone was convinced this was a good idea but God help you if spoke your mind, especially if you were German.
Otto Lutz fell into this category. He and his family were like most ranchers in central Montana in 1917. They were struggling to make a living from a land that was more often than not, unpredictable in what it would yield. Still, life had been mostly good for them but that was before the war and their feud with Jim Thompson. Given the man he was, it was not a good set of circumstances for Otto.
About John Hansen (Missoula, Montana Author)
John Hansen is a retired wildlife biologist and wildland firefighter. He grew up on a ranch in southern Idaho and has spent his entire life working with the animals and land of the West.
John has always been an avid reader. Some of his favorite authors are Hemingway, Ivan Doig and Thomas Savage. His passion for writing began around age nine and continues to this day. He is a member of the Western Writers of America. He has written a number of western stories and is the author of four novels: PURSUIT OF GLORY (Reader's Favorite 5 * Review), CHASING DEMONS (recently selected as a Finalist for a 2017 Will Rogers Medallion award, and A BAD PLACE TO BE which won the 2016 National Indie Excellence award for Westerns as well as a finalist in the Action/Adventure category for the 2016 Independent Author's Network - Book of the Year Award. John's latest book, UNFORTUNATE WORDS, is due out in August 2017.
When not writing, John can often be found hunting, fishing or hiking in the mountains of Montana and Idaho with his wife and dog. John and his wife Debi along with their rescue dog (Bella) and two cats (Tubby & Gizmo) live in Western Montana.