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The Nail Knot: A Fly Flishing Mystery
     

The Nail Knot: A Fly Flishing Mystery

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by John Galligan
 

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The going has gotten tough, and Ned "Dog" Oglivie has gone fishing. Fly fishing. For trout. All across America. At least until his money runs out . . .

Driven by tragedy to turn his back on human society, the Dog is on a quest to fish himself into oblivion. And he's nearly made it. Playing the back highways of America in a wounded old RV . . . provisioned with

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The going has gotten tough, and Ned "Dog" Oglivie has gone fishing. Fly fishing. For trout. All across America. At least until his money runs out . . .

Driven by tragedy to turn his back on human society, the Dog is on a quest to fish himself into oblivion. And he's nearly made it. Playing the back highways of America in a wounded old RV . . . provisioned with a supply of peanut butter sandwiches, bad cigars, and vodka-Tang . . . armed with a loaded pistol (for when the money runs out) . . . the Dog is nearly at the end of his tether when he rolls into little Black Earth, Wisconsin, intending to fish the yellow sally stonefly hatch . . . and finds a body instead.

Who killed Jake Jacobs, fellow fly fisher and late-coming agitator who was trying to save Black Earth Creek? Why was Jacobs disfigured in such a peculiar way? Why does the Dog give a damn? Can he rekindle his faith and interest in humankind? By caring about the death of a stranger, can the Dog recover his own life? Can he untie The Nail Knot?

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Library Journal
Ned "the Dog" Oglivie lives in an old RV, crisscrosses the country to hit all the trout streams, and swigs vodka. But when he discovers a fellow fisherman's body in a Wisconsin stream, he also meets another oddity-one Melvina O'Malley-who tampers with the evidence and then appeals to the Dog for help. For some reason, he sticks around, encountering a red-neck fish poacher; a dangerously half-educated police chief; a retired, whiskey-guzzling fish biologist; and a crusading, crippled fly tier. In the first installment of a new mystery series, Galligan (Red Sky, Red Dragonfly), a Wisconsin-based college writing professor, portrays these radiantly quirky characters with deft strokes, pulling their strings with panache and outlining their world with humor and acceptance. A real treat. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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ISBN-13:
9781440532412
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Publication date:
09/26/2011
Sold by:
SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
231
Sales rank:
319,329
File size:
599 KB

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The Nail Knot 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
John Galligan has written another book with a flawed protagonist (the first being Red Sky, Red Dragonfly) that has heart and hope even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Ned Oglivie tried living his life the right way--wife, kid, upstanding member of the community. But then a tragic accident pulls the rug out from under him and sends him in a tailspin, destroying his domestic tranquility. With nothing left in the civilized world for him, he sets off to fish himself to death. When it sounds like he's close to it, he stumbles upon a dead body, and a small town filled with suspects. The depth of Galligan's understanding and description of fly fishing makes somebody like me who has never had any interest in the sport want to climb into a stream and test my patience. This is apparently the first book in a series. I hope part two is just as strong.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I found the main character's habit of referring to himself in the third person as the dog to be annoying. The story was ok not great. The writing was just so so. Not a waste of time but not one I'd recommend to anyone who was not already interested in fishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this novel.I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
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Would give this 3.5 stars if given that option. It wasn't great literature, but was a well-written, entertaining read that kept one guessing about both the romance and the crime. The characters were well described, as was the sport of fly fishing. I've never been a fisherwoman, and had doubts that this book would hold my interest, but it did.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this tremendously. A very quirky and different mystery.
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Bandon More than 1 year ago
Just read a few pages of this book. Loved the cover art. Could not get into the story at all. It may be a great book if you like fly fishing or that style of writing.
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What a great mystery/who done it. An average guy and fisherman becoming involved in a murder mystery with a just a little romance. Once I started reading I could not put it down until the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good one. The characters were funny and good surprise ending.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intelligent, with 3 dimensional characters. Galligan has been added to my must-read mystery writer's list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this a lot -- it was an unusual kind of mystery. The characters were well drawn and the writing was beautiful.
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