By James D. Doss
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312340537, 336pp.)
Publication Date: September 15, 2005
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
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When a local prosecuting attorney is killed by long-range rifle while dining at an exclusive Granite Creek, Colorado, restaurant, it seems obvious that a vengeful criminal is to blame. But orthodontist Manfred Blinkoe was sitting ten feet away and he insists that he was the intended victim. In fact, he claims that just before the shot was fired, he saw his doppelganger--an eerie lookalike--as he has in the past just before a near-death experience. Terrified, Blinkoe hires Charlie Moon to find the lookalike, but before Charlie can get anywhere, Blinkoe is murdered for real.
As usual in Doss's clever, intricately drawn mysteries, the cagey Charlie Moon and his Ute shaman Aunt Daisy share the spotlight.
JAMES D. DOSS, author of nine previous Charlie Moon mysteries, is originally from Kentucky. Now he divides his time between Los Alamos and Taos, New Mexico.
"With all the skill and timing of a master magician, Doss unfolds a meticulous plot laced with a delicious sense of humor and set against a vivid southern Colorado."
--Publishers Weekly on The Witch's Tongue (starred review)
"Hillerman gets the most press, but Doss mixes an equally potent brew of crime and Native American spirituality."
--Booklist on Dead Soul