Search Results: "James D. Doss"


BOOK REVIEW

STONE BUTTERFLY by James D. Doss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 12, 2006

"Bidding farewell to FBI Special Agent Lila Mae McTeague, Doss ushers in the era of Sarah and the last days of Charlie's bachelorhood. Droll, crafty, upper-echelon reading."
The 11th loopy adventure for Charlie Moon, rancher, Ute tribal investigator and beleaguered nephew. Read full book review >

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GRANDMOTHER SPIDER by James D. Doss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Charlie's sixth adventure is every bit as dazzling as his debut (The Shaman Sings, 1994)."
Doss, the only writer talented (and goofy) enough to have you suspecting he might be related to both Hillerman and Hiaasen, presents a shaggy dog of a mystery that combines scary Native American mythology, martini-dry wit, and impish plot twists. Read full book review >

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THE SHAMAN'S BONES by James D. Doss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1997

"For some readers, a fascinating look at a rich, fading culture; for others, an indigestible hodge-podge with far too many disparate ingredients."
Third in a much praised series (The Shaman Laughs, 1995, etc.), set in the canyons, mesas, small towns, and tribal reservations of the Southwest. Read full book review >

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THE SHAMAN'S GAME by James D. Doss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"Feeble threads of a sad story are laced into an elaborately mystical narrative, but only the most patient of readers, or students of Indian lore, will care enough to ferret them out from what, in all, is a repetitive mass of visions, nightmares, tribal tales, and ancient myths."
The fourth in the legend-infused chronicle set in the hills and canyons of Colorado, where native Charlie Moon is a policeman on the Ute reservation near the village of Ignacio (The Shaman's Bones, 1997, etc.). Read full book review >

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DEAD SOUL by James D. Doss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 15, 2003

"Wry humor, a few smooches for overdue Charlie, and Native American lyricism can't quite salvage a plot that hinges on a mystery cliché that was stale back in the '20s."
Seven-foot Ute tribal policeman-turned-rancher Charlie Moon (White Shell Woman, 2002, etc.) is called on once more to make sense of his aunt Daisy Perika's visions. Read full book review >

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A DEAD MAN'S TALE by James D. Doss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 9, 2010

"Top-flight work from Doss (The Widow's Revenge, 2009, etc.), who can outplot most anybody and give cold-blooded miscreants a case of the giggles. Are you listening, awards committees?"
A droll fandango between a man who hires an assassin for two bits and a man who predicts his own demise. Read full book review >

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THREE SISTERS by James D. Doss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 7, 2007

"A belly-laugh primer that breaks every rule in the mystery genre, something for which Doss's fans should be eternally grateful."
The 12th helping of Doss's screwball logic and witticisms from the mouths of a seven-foot Ute, his blackmailing auntie and a platoon of wacky sidekicks. Read full book review >

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THE SHAMAN LAUGHS by James D. Doss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 11, 1995

"Not as dazzling as Doss's debut (The Shaman Sings, 1994), but still a remarkably well-crafted portrait of a fascinating corner of America."
Before old Ute shaman Daisy Perika gets to laugh, here's what has to happen: Neighboring shepherd Nahum Yaciiti will disappear, and one of his sheep will be slaughtered and mutilated. Read full book review >

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THE SHAMAN SINGS by James D. Doss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 15, 1994

"An encore would be welcome."
Ute Indian prophecy, scientific investigation, cryptanalysis, and old-fashioned intuition join forces to solve the murder of star Rocky Mountain Polytechnic grad student Priscilla Song, whose breakthrough research in room-temperature superconductivity would have made her rich and famous if she hadn't been strangled, stabbed, and gutted (a case of demented overkill that's one of the very best clues in this well-clued mystery). Read full book review >

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SHADOW MAN by James D. Doss
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 11, 2005

"Boasts practical jokes and tongue-in-cheek humor that would be a credit to both Tony Hillerman and the Marx Brothers."
Puckish Charlie Moon, Southern Ute Tribal Investigator, and his irascible aunt Daisy, an aged shaman, once again defeat pomposity, linear reasoning and assorted illegalities. Read full book review >

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WHITE SHELL WOMAN by James D. Doss
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

"Barely enough plot here for a short story, but Doss (Grandmother Spider, 2001, etc.) shows his mastery in the wry dialogue and in Aunt Daisy, the most irascible shaman in the Southwest."
To underwrite the cost of a herd of Holsteins, Ute tribal policeman-turned-rancher Charlie Moon hires on as a private investigator looking into special projects for the reservation—a job that puts him on Ghost Wolf Mesa when a little Zuni girl finds an ancient petroglyph. Read full book review >