Colorado rancher and investigator Charlie Moon accidentally kills a purse snatcher with ties to the mob in Doss's latest gem Former police officer, sometime tribal investigator, and current rancher Charlie Moon and Chief of Police Scott Parris didnt mean for things to get out of hand, but the purse-snatching LeRoy Hooten left them with little choice when he made a run for it. When Hooten dies due to his injuries, as bad as they feel about it, there is little that they can do. However, the dead mans mothera widow to a brutal mobsterwastes no time making a call to an old associate to settle the score.With an assassin on his way, the FBI close behind, and a new P.I. bringing up the rear, Moon and Parris will need to watch their backs in Dosss raucous addition to his wild and witty western mystery series.
The 17th and last Charlie Moon mystery (after 2011's Coffin Man) from Doss (1939-2012) forms a fitting capstone to this offbeat western series. When purse-snatcher LeRoy Hooten expires shortly after Charlie's friend Scott Parris, the police chief of Granite City, Colo., hits LeRoy in the head with a can of black-eyed peas, the late criminal's mother, a wealthy mob widow, puts a mysterious assassin known as the Cowboy on Scott and Charlie's trail. Doss spins out a slight plot, otherwise preoccupied with the ominous visions of Charlie's irascible shaman aunt, Daisy Perika, and would-be bounty hunter Louella Smithson up to its surprisingly bloody conclusion, with a folksy, humorously digressive storytelling style as old-school as his western lawmen heroes. Some readers will find it hokey, but Doss's fans will enjoy a final chance to explore a world that offers glimpses of real-life Ute culture as well as violence that falls somewhere between Cormac McCarthy and Tex Avery. Agent: Rich Henshaw, the Richard Henshaw Group. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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October 30, 2012
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