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Coffin Man

Coffin Man

A Charlie Moon Mystery

Charlie Moon Mysteries (Volume 16)

James D. Doss

Minotaur Books

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When Colorado rancher and part-time tribal investigator Charlie Moon gets a call from Wanda Naranjo, she's panicked. Not only is her sink leaking, which Moon graciously fixes, but her sixteen-year-old daughter, Betty, has gone missing. For how long? Only a few hours, but she's pregnant. So what about the father-to-be? It's a good question and anybody's guess. Betty has kept her lips sealed on the subject.

And that's not all. Betty claimed to be going to see a school counselor on what turned out to be his day off. So was she running away or was she abducted? Moon's best friend, Granite Creek Chief of Police Scott Parris, doesn't believe any of it and suspects that Wanda tricked them into doing a little emergency plumbing. While it's enough to make Parris's blood boil, Moon can't shake the feeling that some other foul play might be at work.

James D. Doss's Coffin Man is a witty ride through the Wild West that's chock-full of tall tales, wide-open spaces, and Doss's signature homespun wit.

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CHAPTER ONE


CAN DEL ESPRITU
THURSDAY MORNING
Daisy Perika has resided at the mouth of Spirit Canyon for more bone-chilling winters than she cares to remember. Since the tribal elder now spends about nine days out of ten at...

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Praise for Coffin Man

“A droll fandango… Storytelling that caresses the synapses... Top-flight work from Doss, who can outplot most anybody and give cold-blooded miscreants a case of the giggles. Are you listening, awards committees?” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review) on A Dead Man's Tale

Snake Dreams is the thirteenth novel in this series, and since it's a very good one--funny, smart, and totally different--it's a great place for readers to discover Moon.” —The Globe and Mail (Toronto) on Snake Dreams

“James D. Doss's novels about Charlie Moon… feel as if the author is sitting around a campfire, spinning a tall tale that engulfs a circle of listeners.… Doss's tale is evocative of the area and of Indian lore, and his chatty, down-home style shines.” —Florida Sun-Sentinel on Three Sisters

“Doss's trademark humor keeps Charlie and Scott wisecracking as the plot spins smartly along to an unpredictable ending.… The most recent Charlie Moon mysteries still charm us with Western voices and ways.” —Rocky Mountain News on Three Sisters

“Doss does for the Utes what Tony Hillerman has done for the Navajo.” —The Denver Post

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About the author

James D. Doss

James D. Doss is the author of the fifteen previous Charlie Moon mysteries, including A Dead Man's Tale. Two of the Moon books were named among the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly. Originally from Kentucky, he divides his time between Los Alamos and Taos, New Mexico.

James D. Doss

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