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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