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The Old Gray Wolf (2012)

by James D. Doss(Favorite Author)
3.8 of 5 Votes: 2
0312613717 (ISBN13: 9780312613716)
Minotaur Books
Charlie Moon
review 1: I'm truly sorry to read that Mr. Doss has died and this is his last book. That said, I had a hard time getting through this book because of the writing style he used. Speaking to the reader in cute asides made the book a parody, not to be taken seriously. This style was in direct opposition to some of the very awful events in the book that it left me feeling "did this really happen" or is he somehow going to make a joke of it? He had a devilishly good plot and I found myself skimming his "authorly" comments to get down to what was going on. RIP Mr. Doss; your Shaman books will live on, but this last one unfortunately doesn't well represent what you did before.
review 2: Another great book in the series, although it was hard to bring myself to read this 17th and
... more (apparently) final installment. Doss authored 17 “Charlie Moon Mysteries,” the first published in 1994, and the last of which was completed shortly before his death in 2012.Doss thoroughly researched the background for his books about Southern Colorado and the Ute tribe in particular. His stories center around tribal investigator Charlie Moon and his irascible but endearing Aunt Daisy, his only living family. Doss's tales are enriched by humorous descriptions of Charlie's devotion to his snappish and shameless aunt. But they also recount the enduring friendship between Charlie and his best "pardner," Granite Creek's chief of police, Scott Parris, with whom Charlie shares his investigations. And these relationships are what I will miss most.Informed by a sincere respect for the traditions and myths of the Utes, Doss mixed local culture, compelling narrative, and sly humor to make his books favorites among fans of the genre and readers of all kinds. Sadly, that has come to an end all too soon.Thanks for giving us such satisfying and memorable stories. May they live on. less
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Classic Doss. Irascible Aunt Daisy is one of the best things about this series.
The writing style got in the way of telling the story. Did not finish it.
I'm going to miss Charlie Moon and aunt daisy. the author died in 2012.
Interesting mystery but not a page turner.
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