No Regrets, Coyote: A Novelby John Dufresne
“A very cool ride. If Raymond Chandler was reincarnated as a novelist in South Florida, he couldn’t nail it any better than Dufresne.”—Carl HiaasenOn Christmas Eve in Eden, Florida, Wylie “Coyote” Melville, therapist and forensic consultant, is summoned to a horrific crime scene. Five members of the Halliday family have been/p>
“A very cool ride. If Raymond Chandler was reincarnated as a novelist in South Florida, he couldn’t nail it any better than Dufresne.”—Carl HiaasenOn Christmas Eve in Eden, Florida, Wylie “Coyote” Melville, therapist and forensic consultant, is summoned to a horrific crime scene. Five members of the Halliday family have been brutally killed. Wylie’s rare talent is an ability to read a crime scene, consider the evidence seen and unseen, and determine what’s likely to have happened. The police are soon convinced that the deaths were a murder-suicide carried out by a broken and desperate Chafin Halliday, but Wylie’s not so sure.
As Wylie begins his own investigation with the help of his friend Bay Lettique—a poker-playing sleight-of-hand artist with links to the Everglades County underworld—he discovers a web of corruption involving the police union, Ponzi-scheming lawyers, county politicians, and the Russian mob. What follows is a heart-stopping, edgy novel that introduces a completely original crime solver.
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John Dufresne is the author of six novels, including No Regrets, Coyote. Among other honors, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a professor in the MFA program at Florida International University. He lives in Dania Beach, Florida.
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it's a departure for the author, in a way, a "serious" literary writer (the quote marks are for the silliness of serious, since all writing has to be judged by the same rules) as this is a mystery. All of the best genre books are simply best books and this is one of them. Many layered and quite discursive, the writing is superb. Witty, filled with great observations of character and place an behavioral tics, and, yup, with a mystery in there to be solved by the therapist with patients who would try anyone's patience and moonlights for the police based on his reading of reality that is uncanny...most of the time. It is also peculiarly tender, particularly in the author's read of our therapist's dad, suffering Alzheimer's, who is as wild and free with his mouth as he is unable to control body functions; a wonderful creation with whom we get to spend an Alaska evening, his last, in great joy. This is is genre transcending genre. Good lit.
Just finished reading this for the second time, still good!
In any piece that is well written, the first paragraph is of utmost importance. It tells the reader what she/he is about to read, yet still “hooks” him/her into reading the remainder of the book. John Dufresne is a writer unafraid to taking risks can speak his vision of the world without judgment and can encapsulate his novel into his opening paragraph. I “knew” what to expect after reading this early passage, yet wanted to see how he was going to pull off what I expected. I was both delightfully wrong in my “knowledge” and correct in the anticipation I had as I savored the reading of this violent (graphically so), cynical yet innocent, darkly humorous, philosophical crime drama where the hero is the narrator and a psychotherapist. What more could a body ask in a book? Carlos O’Brien, Det. Sergeant with the Eden (FL) Police department asks Wylie “Coyote” Melville, a therapist in Melancholy, FL, to assess the scene of a murder on Christmas Eve in hopes of gaining some insight into why a father would slaughter his wife and 3 children, and then kill himself on a night that was supposed to be a celebration. In short order, Coyote’s assessment is discounted and he is dismissed from the investigation. But, our intrepid investigator is true to his profession – he is far too nosey to let any “disordered” information go uninvestigated. His natural curiosity, which makes him a good therapist, soon leads him to asking the wrong questions of the wrong people at the wrong moments – and he does so with the innocence of someone who “only wants to help,” words that are the motto of Codependents and Therapists, everywhere. Within a short time, he is being confronted by: rogue police officers, the Russian mob, his sister, former girlfriends and he has a homeless man living under the hedges in his yard, these events seemed to be calmed a bit by his new kitten, Django – who licks others, but gnaws on his new “master.” The action is intense at moments, the plot is steady and consistent but the characters “make” this narrative. There are so many undercurrents within this novel that it seemed a life-jacket would be a good idea while reading. The locations (Eden, Melancholy), the people (Coyote, Bay – coyote’s poker-playing friend who is also a “close-up” magician and who plays the role of trying to keep the evil away (at bay) from Coyote; Georgia – ex-wife who loves to laud the fact of being “over” him)) and language (“What’s behind you?” “I don’t know.” “You should know, Coyote. You should always know, because what’s behind you may be gaining on you.” p.40) are each creating images and suggestions that bring new “stories” into the present saga while, as a whole, are adding dimensions to it. Such literary layering is not easily achieved, but when it is enacted well, the cacophony of so much action occurring becomes a symphony of revelation and this book is a Concerto. This is not a story for children. There is MUCH violence, some most graphic, harsh language and suggestive moments located within this book. It did not seem to be an overly vicious book, as Coyote plays his role as a trusting, honest, inquisitive narrator so well that the body count (which is high) is unnoticed until the reader begins to revisit who is not present for roll call at the book’s end. I expect this to be the first in a series of “Coyote” novels. I will rejoin Coyote on his next case, I’ll just pack another set of clothes – traveling with him can be dirty work.
"No Regrets, Coyote" is primarily a murder mystery involving Wylie "Coyote" Melville. Melville is a therapist and occasional police consultant. Unfortunately, this case leads to the revelation of police corruption and mafia involvement. The last few pages of the book have spacing issues which was distracting. The beginning and ending are both a bit abstract considering most murder mysteries. The last chapter or two did feel a little rushed compared to the rest of the book which felt more flushed out or developed. However, there is still ample detail throughout the story. Unique, authentic and well developed characters are present helping to develop and run the multiple stories lines which are running at the same time. The author does a good job weaving the stories together. Based on the ending, I suspect, or perhaps just hope, for future adventures for some of the characters. Overall an intriguing and enjoyable read.
I was kind of up and down on this one. A forensic consultant is called in by the Everglades County police to help unravel a crime scene. Nothing of course is what it appears to be and the investigation goes South. The book had a good core storyline, but it constantly digressed into overly detailed descriptions and antics of side characters. Sometimes I felt the main storyline was secondary to the ancillary hijinks. The story was saved about two thirds of the way through the book, when the action returned with a bang. From that point it flowed smoothly to the end. I have to give the author credit for the most imaginatively named characters I have run across in some time. You certainly won't find any John Smiths or Sam Jones here. Book provided for review by Goodreads.
Very good! Although I got a little confused when after Luna had been saying she wanted to raise the sun that the last sentence she said said that she wanted to raise the moon. I supposed you meant sun. Although I do understand that this was a quick type up and it was probably just a minor mistake. Otherwise, it was very good! Very well written! Keep up the good work! ~RD
Luna walks to Celestia's room. "I can't believe I'm about to do this!" She thought. Celestia's royal gurds let her in. Luna trotted into the large room. Celestia was writing, probably to Twilight Sparkle. "Um Tia... I wanted to know if maybe I could raise the sun tomorrow...." she said quietly. "Luna we alreay had this discussion-" she said on the verge of getting angry. "Celestia that was ten yars ago. Ive grown since then. I want to raise the sun." She whined. "And ten years ago you had just come back from the moon!" Celestia yelled. "Fine if you won't let me raise the moon ill raise it myself!" She galloped out of the bedroom tears briming her eyes. (Part two will be posted at next result. Thx for reading!)