C. M. Wendelboe

Hunting the Five Point Killer

A Bitter Wind Mystery

(Midnight Ink: October 8, 2017)

First in a much-anticipated new mystery series

Hunting the Five Point Killer by C. M. Wendelboe (Front Cover)

Former Denver homicide detective Arn Anderson never thought he’d be broke enough to take on a cold murder case. Or desperate enough to do it with a TV reporter. Or pathetic enough to go back to his rundown childhood home, after he swore he’d left Cheyenne for good.

But here he is, hunting a serial killer who also appears to have come out of retirement.

On the eve of the tenth anniversary of the murders, the Five Point Killer is back for blood—and Arn could be next.


"...I steady my shaking hand as I approach her, ready to bring the knife out in just the right time, flick a piece of flesh from her lovely cheek, hear her screams.
And her disbelief as I melt back into the night...."



Backed to the Wall

A Tucker Ashley Western Adventure

(Five Star: September 20, 2017)

First in a new traditional Western series

Backed to the Wall by C. M. Wendelboe (Front Cover)

Outlaws—fueled by cruelty they became addicted to during the War Between the States—roam and prey upon anyone unfortunate enough to cross their trail.

In the Dakota Territory of the 1870s, the line between outlaw and lawman is often blurred. Some of those sworn to protect the helpless might exploit them instead.

And some of those deemed hard cases might redeem themselves.

Backed to the Wall plunges both a lawman and an outlaw into a blood battle that only one of them can survive—if the Indian raiders terrorizing homesteaders and cattlemen don’t kill them first.

"A straight ahead shoot-em-up Western: Backed to the Wall will have you backed up and demanding more."
Craig Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of the
Walt Longmire Mysteries that inspired the hit Netflix TV series Longmire


The Marshal and the Moonshiner

A Nelson Lane Frontier Mystery

(Five Star: January 17, 2018)

First in a new frontier fiction series

Don't let the name of the genre fool you: It's really another new mystery series

The Marshal and the Moonshiner by C. M. Wendelboe (Front Cover)

Gangsters and hoodlums prey upon people’s weaknesses for a quick buck in an era that saw few bucks to spare, making criminals of everyday folks in the rural Great Depression. In a place as wild as the West ever was, in the heyday of the badmen versus the lawmen, the law is in short supply.

U.S. Marshal Nelson Lane chases a fleeing murder suspect from the frontier of the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming all the way to the big city of El Reno in Oklahoma—out of his element in both places and nearly everywhere in between.

His only help is an Indian rookie deputy sheriff, and she is as wild as any other young woman in that time with access to booze and men: Not much help to a widower alcoholic struggling in recovery.

She’s not intentionally trying to get Nelson killed—but the shady sheriff, his bootlegging henchman, and run-of-the-mill moonshiners just taking care of business are running him down and trying to gun him down him from all sides.

When finally his persistence pays off and he catches up with the murderer, Nelson must find it in himself to look beyond the law—and deliver the ultimate justice.

Upcoming Appearances

May 2018
Sheridan, Wyoming
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Sat 26 May 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Sheridan Stationery
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June 2018
Billings, Montana
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19-24 Jun 7:30 a.m. Panel Thu 21 Jun Western Writers of America Convention
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September 2018
Denver, Colorado
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06-09 Sep Conference Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers: Colorado Gold
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Brookings and Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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20-23 Sep TBD Panel South Dakota Festival of Books
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C. M. Wendelboe (Portrait)

C. M. Wendelboe entered the law enforcement profession when he was discharged from the Marines as the Vietnam war was winding down. In the 1970s, his career included assisting federal and tribal law enforcement agencies embroiled in conflicts with American Indian Movement activists in South Dakota.

He moved to Gillette, Wyoming, and found his niche, where he remained a sheriff's deputy for more than 25 years. In addition, he was a longtime firearms instructor at the local college and within the community.

During his 38-year career in law enforcement he had served successful stints as police chief, policy adviser, and other supervisory roles for several agencies. Yet he always has felt most proud of "working the street." He was a patrol supervisor when he retired to pursue his true vocation as a fiction writer.



Don't miss the acclaimed debut series that started it all

Spirit Road Mysteries

Death Along the Spirit Road

(Berkley Prime Crime: 2011)

Death Along the Spirit Road by C. M. Wendelboe (Front Cover)

Death Where the Bad Rocks Live

(Berkley Prime Crime: 2012)

Death Where the Bad Rocks Live (Front Cover)

Death on the Greasy Grass

(Berkley Prime Crime: 2013)

Death on the Greasy Grass by C. M. Wendelboe (Front Cover)

Coming in September 2018

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