The Widow's Revenge
By James D. Doss
(Minotaur Books, Hardcover, 9780312364618, 304pp.)
Publication Date: October 27, 2009
Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback
Categories: Mystery & Detective - General
Even with some of the toughest hombres and nastiest outlaws roaming the Southwest, bestselling author James D. Doss’s seven-foot-tall rancher and sometime tribal investigator Charlie Moon does a fair job on the side of the good guys. So it’s no surprise that he gets the call when the widow Loyola Montoya starts making a fuss about witches.
She swears there’s a whole midnight brood lurking in the woods just off her property, mocking her with lewd songs and harassing her with the carcasses of dead animals. When no one takes her seriously—she has been known to cry wolf from time to time—she takes matters into her own hands, with disastrous results. By the time Charlie arrives, it’s too late to save her, and while he knows he can’t bring her back, that doesn’t mean he can’t help the widow get her revenge after all.
Told in Doss’s whimsical style, The Widow’s Revenge is a wonderfully tall tale that requires wide-open spaces and larger-than-life heroes like Charlie Moon to saddle up and make sure that justice is served.
JAMES D. DOSS is the author of thirteen previous Charlie Moon mysteries, two of which were among the Best Books of the Year named by Publishers Weekly. Doss was born in Kentucky and now divides his time between Los Alamos and Taos, New Mexico.
Praise for James D. Doss
“Snake Dreams is the thirteenth novel in this series, and since it’s a very good one—funny, smart, and totally different—it’s a great place for readers to discover Moon.”
—Toronto Globe and Mail on Snake Dreams
“Outstanding… The narrator clearly is having fun as he unveils his tale, liberally laced with Native American lore, character idiosyncrasies, comedic asides, and a plot that weaves and twists like a highway in the Rockies.”
—Library Journal (starred review) on Snake Dreams
“James D. Doss’s novels about Charlie Moon… feel as if the author is sitting around a campfire, spinning a tall tale that engulfs a circle of listeners.… Doss’s tale is evocative of the area and of Indian lore, and his chatty, down-home style shines.”
—Florida Sun-Sentinel on Three Sisters
“Doss’s trademark humor keeps Charlie and Scott wisecracking as the plot spins smartly along to an unpredictable ending.… The most recent Charlie Moon mysteries still charm us with Western voices and ways.”
—Rocky Mountain News on Three Sisters
“Doss does for the Utes what Tony Hillerman has done for the Navajo.”
—The Denver Post