The Nail Knot

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Fly fisherman Ned Oglivie finds himself in the middle of a small-town murder case. The first installment in the series.
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The Nail Knot: A Fly Flishing Mystery

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Overview

Fly fisherman Ned Oglivie finds himself in the middle of a small-town murder case. The first installment in the series.
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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932557114
  • Publisher: Big Earth Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/28/2005
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 1,104,041
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.63 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2003

    First rate fly fishing mystery

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    OK but not fabulous

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2013

    Almost Makes Fishing Interesting

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2012

    Enjoyed this tremendously. A very quirky and different mystery.

    Enjoyed this tremendously. A very quirky and different mystery.

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  • Posted February 26, 2012

    Did Not Finish It

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2012

    Loved it!!!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Recomend

    A very good one. The characters were funny and good surprise ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Excellent Read

    Intelligent, with 3 dimensional characters. Galligan has been added to my must-read mystery writer's list.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2012

    Absorbing, Interesting Mystery

    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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