Jim Moore


Jim Moore came from a home where reading was encouraged. His parents both enjoyed books so the house was filled with reading material, which he took advantage of from a young age.

Along the highway from his family ranch near Two Dot, Montana to Bozeman, the old Jawbone road bed is visible at places. In passing by, it often occurred to him that a good yarn could be wrapped around the story of the railroad. About twelve years ago, he decided to see if he could write it. Thus came into being Ride the Jawbone.

As a rancher and a lawyer, he has much experience on which to draw his fascinating stories. In retirement he continues to write and Ride the Jawbone is just one of several completed novel length manuscripts. He has also put together about eight short stories, several of which have been published.

Besides reading and writing, Jim spends much of his time out of doors with his wife,Kay; and her horses.

Born Perry James Moore III, he is a native Montanan with years of ranching and legal experience. He graduated from Montana State University in 1952 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He married Kay Nash in 1954 and they made their home on the Moore Ranch near Two Dot, Montana where they raised three children. He studied law at home, passed the bar exam and practiced law in Harlowton and then in Bozeman while maintaining his interest in the ranch. In addition to ranching and his law practice, Jim has been involved in a number of other activities:

Director of Montana Stockgrowers Association
Trustee of the Farm Credit Banks of Spokane
Director of Montana Livestock Ag Credit Inc.

Board of Visitors to the School of Law at the University of Montana
Trustee of Montana Legal Services
State Bar of Montana -- Committee on Professionalism and Ethics
State Bar of Montana -- Fair Trial – Free Press Committee
Recipient of the William J. Jamison Award

Adjunct Professor of Agricultural Law at Montana State University
Trustee of the Museum of the Rockies
Member of the Advisory Council for the College of Business at MSU
Member of the President's Council of 50 at the University of Montana
Selected, at the time of its centennial, as one of 100 Montana State
University distinguished graduates

State Senator – Minority Leader two legislative sessions
Member State Lottery Commission
Member of the Governor's Committee on Education

Where to buy in print


The Whole Nine Yarns
Price: $4.00 USD. Words: 29,930. Language: English. Published: June 26, 2014 by Raven Publishing of Montana. Category: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General
Nine delightful tales of the west, both long ago and contemporary, are told in the charming style of a country gentleman. These tales of Montana and the West bring the reader back to a time when life was simpler —or was it?
The Body on the Floor of the Rotunda
Price: $9.00 USD. Words: 106,830. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2013 by Raven Publishing of Montana. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Police Procedural
Murder in the Capitol! When the body of the lovely assistant to Montana's Governor is found on the floor of Montana s Capitol, fingers point to State Senator Audrey Welter. When formally accused, she hires fellow senator and attorney, Stretch Bruce to represent her. Will they be able to prove her innocence? Probably not without proof that someone else did it. Who is the real killer?
Election Day
Price: $9.00 USD. Words: 73,620. Language: English. Published: May 25, 2012 by Raven Publishing of Montana. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General
This political thriller shows the insight of our founding fathers for solving every conceivable contingency, such as—what if, days after the election, both the president elect and his running mate are dead. Four would-be kingmakers, a power-hungry egomaniac who will stop at nothing to get his way and a Montana rancher/lawyer, used as a pawn in an election scheme—make this an unforgettable story.
Ride the Jawbone
Price: $6.00 USD. Words: 88,560. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2011 by Raven Publishing of Montana. Category: Fiction » Mystery & detective » Historical
The Jawbone Railroad, so called for the fast talking of Mr. Harlow, who built his dream on other people’s money, plays a vital role in central Montana’s ranch and mining country in 1902 — and in the mystery of a brutal murder. A newly minted lawyer is asked to defend the odious outcast accused of killing a young woman and throwing her body from the train.

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