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In James D. Doss’s latest complex and absorbing crime novel set on the Ute reservation in Southern Colorado, Charlie Moon’s cleverness and his aunt Daisy Perika’s intuition—not to mention the spellbinding story behind this unusual day—share the limelight with the vibrant details of Native life and custom.

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Overview

In James D. Doss’s latest complex and absorbing crime novel set on the Ute reservation in Southern Colorado, Charlie Moon’s cleverness and his aunt Daisy Perika’s intuition—not to mention the spellbinding story behind this unusual day—share the limelight with the vibrant details of Native life and custom.

BIZARRE OCCURRENCES CAN HAPPEN
Strange things are happening near Granite Creek, Colorado, all in the space of less than twenty-four hours. A Ute shaman dreams of being buried alive and hears the hooting of an owl, signaling impending death. A man walks into Spirit Canyon and disappears, leaving his battered wife both relieved and devastated. A private museum is burgled. An Apache is arrested for assaulting a police officer. And a sniper takes a shot through an antique store window, wounding the proprietor.

IN THE COURSE OF A DAY
Part-time Ute tribal investigator Charlie Moon would rather be tending to his duties on the Columbine Ranch than playing detective with this puzzling collection of seemingly unrelated events. But when the local police and the FBI—including the beguiling Special Agent Lila McTeague—can’t seem to put it all together, Charlie must connect the dots before anyone else dies.

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Murder, mayhem, and Native American mysticism abound in the ninth installment of James D. Doss's Charlie Moon mystery saga, which is set on and around a Ute reservation in southern Colorado.

In The Witch's Tongue, the fun-loving rancher and part-time tribal investigator Moon gets roped into solving a series of bizarre, seemingly unrelated events -- a private museum robbery, a wife-beating Ute who disappeared during a vision quest, and a crazed Apache who viciously attacked a police officer during a routine traffic check. When an antiques dealer gets shot by a would-be assassin, no one -- not even the FBI -- can piece together the strange occurrences. But the intuitive Charlie Moon, with the help of his trickster/shaman aunt, Daisy Perika, and his hound dog, Sidewinder, begins to piece together an elaborate scam. To complicate matters, Moon, who has just been dumped by his almost-fiancée Miss James, meets FBI Special Agent Lila McTeague, a stunningly beautiful woman with enough in-your-face attitude to put Moon in his place. She could be the seven-foot-tall tribal investigator's soul mate -- or his worst nightmare…

The obvious comparisons to Tony Hillerman aside, Doss's Charlie Moon saga (Dead Soul, White Shell Woman, Grandmother Spider, et al.) is noteworthy not only for its unique, highly entertaining story lines but also for Doss's razor-sharp wit. With incurably sarcastic characters like Moon and his aunt Daisy, the clever one-liners throughout make these novels an absolute delight to read. Paul Goat Allen

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“A classy bit of storytelling that combines myth, dreams, and plot complications so wily they’ll rattle your synapses and tweak your sense of humor. For a good time, read Doss.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Doss’s ear for Western voices is remarkable.” —Rocky Mountain News

Publishers Weekly
HWith all the skill and timing of a master magician, Doss unfolds a meticulous plot laced with a delicious sense of humor and set against a vivid southern Colorado setting in his ninth novel (after 2003's Dead Soul) to feature Ute tribal investigator Charlie Moon. A shrewd gambler with an eye for a pretty lady, Charlie is also a successful rancher and an astute businessman, which is bad news for bad guys and competitors. A series of seemingly unrelated episodes a crude museum robbery, a fleeing Apache who attacks a police officer, a Ute who abandons his abused wife and disappears into mysterious Spirit Canyon forms an intricate puzzle that confounds both the tribal police and the FBI. As usual, Charlie's feisty aunt, Daisy Perika, a shaman who melds native beliefs and Catholicism into an idiosyncratic blend, plays an important role. Longtime fans will welcome other familiar supporting cast members, as well as a new romantic interest in the person of an attractive FBI agent. One might quibble that the characters and dialogue occasionally exhibit a wit and polish more appropriate to musical comedy than ordinary discourse ("You are an uncommonly sly fellow, Mr. Moon do you think you can get the copper's name out of me?"), but the sheer entertainment this amusing gem generates is more than enough to compensate for any artificiality. Agent, Richard Henshaw. (Sept. 22) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Ute tribal investigator Charlie Moon looks into a series of events that begins with a museum break-in and winds up with the murder of a police officer. Another successful blend of Native American mysticism and Anglo police work. Doss lives in New Mexico. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Charlie Moon (Dead Soul, 2003, etc.), the droll Ute tribal investigator turned rancher, journeys to the bottom of Spirit Canyon and finds . . . nothing. What happened to Jacob Gourd Rattle, last seen pummeling his wife and digging an ominously shaped hole? The day he vanished, bossy old Jane Cassidy's personal museum of treasures, curated by her nephew Bertie, was robbed of coins and cameos supposedly worth millions. Snobbish antiques dealer Ralph Briggs, a regular at Charlie Moon's poker table, barely has time to tell Charlie about a shady deal someone has just offered him when he's shot in the chest, so scaring the witness Miss James, Charlie's main squeeze, that she hightails it to Baltimore. Meanwhile, at a roadblock for museum thieves, apache Felix Navarone winds up in a tree where he tussles with Officer Jim Wolfe. Felix's only visitor in stir is Eddie Ganado, the luckless Navajo now working as a legal assistant, who quickly comes to a dead end. So does poor Officer Wolfe, who passed his last days by stealing "corpse powder" from Charlie's shaman auntie. When the FBI is called in, toothsome Special Agent McTeague attracts the admiration and lust of Charlie, rousing him to Poirot-like insights and Spenser-like wisecracks. A classy bit of storytelling that combines myth, dreams, and plot complications so wily they'll rattle your synapses and tweak your sense of humor. For a good time, read Doss. Agent: Rich Henshaw/Richard Henshaw Group
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312991081
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2005
  • Series: Charlie Moon Series , #9
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 4.05 (w) x 6.71 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES D. DOSS is the author of eight previous Charlie Moon mysteries, two of which were named one of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly. Originally from Kentucky, he divides his time between Los Alamos and Taos, NM.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A winner

    All heck has broken loose on the Ute Reservation in the Granite Creek, Colorado area. After physically abusing his wife, Jacob Rattle vanishes in Spirit Canyon (to the joyful relief of his spouse). At about the same time, someone steals coins and cameos that museum owner Jane Cassidy claims is worth millions. Antiques dealer Ralph Briggs tells Ute tribal investigator Charlie Moon about a shady deal when he is shot. At a roadblock to catch the museum thieves, Felix Navarone is ¿treed¿ by Officer Jim Wolfe landing in jail.............................. Legal Aide trainee Eddie Ganado visits Felix; who not long afterward is released. . Charlie ignores the mess to work on his ranch but his aunt pressures him to become involved as Jim stole corpse powder from her. Charlie really changes his mind when he meets FBI Special Agent Lia McTeague in charge of the investigation. He is attracted to her and like any male needs to show off his prowess by trying to uncover who is killing people and why......................... Combining humor with Native American mythos, James D. Doss proves he is a shaman when it comes to providing a terrific mystery. The story line is fueled on two levels with the obvious homicides and other havoc on the one hand and the Charlie-Lia on the other hand. Both ties nicely together as it is the attraction to Lia that coaxes Charlie to need to solve the case. Fans of Charlie (this being his eighth appearance) already know why Mr. Doss¿ Moon novels are always amongst the genre¿s best, but newcomers will see first hand the proof of that assertion............................... Harriet Klausner

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    Enjoy reading Doss and wish we had more writers with his style o

    Enjoy reading Doss and wish we had more writers with his style of writing very descriptive, humorous, imaginary and mysterious.

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  • Posted January 24, 2014

    Charlie Moon - best detective in all Ute country

    I'm still reading this one- but I sure plan to read ALL of James D. Doss's "Charlie Moon" series. Love all the repeating characters; especially his Aunt Daisy.
    Following in likes of Tony Hillerman, Doss keeps the reader sidetracked and looking around at the scenery, taking in the weather and watching the cloud formations. The stories are rooted in Native American cultures, mixed up with the wild, but modern western civilization.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    Makes you think

    Great read!

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