At the outset of Galligan's stunning third Montana-set fly-fishing mystery (after 2005's The Blood Knot), Ned "Dog" Oglivie, a self-described "traveling drunk" and "trout hound" who lives out of his asthmatic 1984 Cruise Master RV, has befriended a jailed bull rider's daughter, Jesse Ringer, and her black boyfriend, D'Ontario Sneed. Then, off a mountain road outside Livingston, soon after an ugly encounter with skinheads, Dog finds Jesse shot to death on the ground and Sneed unconscious in Jesse's sealed car, nearly dead of carbon monoxide poisoning. Sneed's earthy mother, Aretha, supplies Dog with comfort and common sense as he seeks to prove Sneed didn't murder Jesse. With a plot as entangled as a drunkard's fishing line, this Big Sky excursion into the wilds of human frailty deftly and surely snags the imagination. The ending offers just a hint, elusive as that legendary brown trout of fishermen's dreams, of redemption for Galligan's beguiling antihero. (Sept.)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Clinch Knotby John Galligan
He's forged a few tenuous friendships, and now finds himself watching from the bank as troubled local girl Jesse Ringer leads D'Ontario Sneed into the swift current of young love.
The Dog is in Livingston, Montana, daydreaming about fishing the Stone and, as usual, subsisting on Swisher Sweets, vodka-Tang, and the hope that pretending to forget will be enough.
He's forged a few tenuous friendships, and now finds himself watching from the bank as troubled local girl Jesse Ringer leads D'Ontario Sneed into the swift current of young love. It's sweet, really . . . but some of the locals object to the relationship on the basis of Sneed's skin color.
Then the unthinkable: vibrant, wild Jesse is found shot in the head, and Sneed is passed out in her car, gun beside him, window seams taped, and engine running. Sneed is hospitalized for severe carbon monoxide poisoning and can't string together a sentence to defend himself, so it falls to the Dog.
If only the Dog could run from his life without ending up in the tangle and snarl of the lives of others. A man who wants to lose himself in the current must be careful of his backcast; it'll always keep him tethered to a life he's trying to forget.
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The Clinch Knot is a step down from the Nail Knot and the Blood Knot. The characters are less plausible (a lawyer that's trying to run down pronghorns on a pseudo minuteman actor's land?) and the story isn't as good. Seems like this one was a bit forced. Still worth a paperback read, but I wouldn't prioritize it.
The storyline was good and the ending a surprise. The middle was a bit slow and confusing.
279 pages. (dw)
Im still trying to figure out if the main characters being a drunk explains the disjointed narrative, or its just coincidence. This story passed time, buy i didnt find myself enjoying the time.
This one caught me up with the setting in Livingston, Montana, and the amazing pronghorn. Anyone who has been there will find themselves going on this adventure with "Dog." I found it a fast read that kept me interested. Good escape reading.
In the opening chapters 'Dog' seems to be at an all time low. His fly fishing isn't much better. As the mystery builds he seems to awaken enough to help solve the murder and actually gets in some fishing but not much catching. As things progress it keeps you interested enough to keep reading hoping that the 'Dog' finally gets his happiness back. Another hard to put down book from this author. I'm hooked.
Not bad, everything gets together at the end, but i had to try reading this book twice until it got enough attention the third time to actually go throuhg and finish it.