Law of the Lemhi: Part One by Kirby Jonas
Law of the Lemhi: Part One Savage Law
Coal Savage had seen things as a Marine, and as a military policeman at the Long Binh Jail in Vietnam, that he would never want another person to go through. Yet somehow coming home to a cold, angry wife was worse. And then Laura was gone. And he had no one but himself to blame.
Now with a heart full of pain, a daughter who holds him responsible for her mother’s death, and three sons he is not sure he can raise alone, he commits the crime that sends him back to his childhood home of Salmon, Idaho, to a recently vacated job as county sheriff, and his last chance to make things right, with his family, and with his past. He could never have known he would be walking into the worst spree of killings the Lemhi County has ever known. And the last name on the killer’s list is his…
Kirby Frank Jonas was born in Bozeman, Montana. His earliest memories are of living seven miles outside of town in a wide crack in the mountains known as Bear Canyon. At that time it was a remote and lonely place, but a place where a boy with an imagination could grow and nurture his mind, body and soul.
From Montana, the Jonas family moved almost as far across the country as they could go, to Broad Run, Virginia, a place that, although not as deep in the timbered mountains as Bear Canyon, was every bit as remote—Roland Farm. Once again, young Jonas spent his time mostly alone, or with his older brother, if he was not in school. Jonas learned to hike with his mother, fish with his father, and to dodge an unruly horse.
Kirby Jonas moved to Shelley, Idaho, in 1971, and from that time forth, with the exception of a couple of short sojourns elsewhere, he became an Idahoan. Jonas attended all twelve years of school in Shelley, graduating in 1983. In the sixth grade, he penned his first novel, The Tumbleweed, and in high school he wrote his second, The Vigilante. It was also during this time that he first became acquainted with Salmon, Idaho, where the Savage Law series takes place.
Jonas has lived in six cities in France, in Mesa, Arizona, and explored the United States extensively. He has fought fires for the Bureau of Land Management in five western states and carried a gun in three different jobs, as a Wells Fargo armed guard, a security officer for federal governmental facilities, and as both a police officer and municipal firefighter.
Kirby lives in Pocatello, Idaho, with his wife, Debbie. Their four children are grown up and gone.
Jonas is currently employed as an armed security officer.