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DreadfulWater: A DreadfulWater Mystery by [Thomas King]

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DreadfulWater: A DreadfulWater Mystery Kindle Edition

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Thumps DreadfulWater is a Cherokee photographer living in Chinook, a town somewhere in the U.S. Rockies right next to a native reserve. DreadfulWater also happens to be an ex-cop, which proves convenient when a computer programmer is found dead in the band's new resort and casino just before its grand opening. Although originally hired only to take pictures of the crime scene, the ex-cop gets to play detective in this well-crafted and fast-paced tale set in the American Southwest. The indigenous detective story comes with a respectable pedigree, from Australia's Arthur Upfield ( Bony and the Black Virgin) to Tony Hillerman, and indeed, Hillerman has provided a blurb for the current author, the pseudonymous Hartley GoodWeather, a "well-known Canadian writer." But aside from the shared subject matter and territory, DreadfulWater Shows Up bears little resemblance to Hillerman's novels: GoodWeather's jokey, hard-boiled style actually puts him closer to Howard Engel's wisecracking Benny Cooperman mysteries. The first in a planned series of Thumps DreadfulWater mysteries, DreadfulWater Shows Up is a tolerably good yarn, even if it's difficult to keep straight some of the minor characters and the ending isn't terribly surprising. --Robyn Gillam --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Canadian author King (Medicine River) adopts a transparent pseudonym for his first venture into the mystery field, with agreeable results. Thumps DreadfulWater, an ex-California cop and a Cherokee Indian, ekes out a living as a photographer in the little Pacific Northwest community of Chinook. A self-described "self-unemployed" fine arts photographer, he also does crime scene photography for the local police on occasion. When a murder victim turns up in a condo of the tribe's new Buffalo Mountain Resort casino complex that's getting ready for its grand opening, a reluctant Thumps soon finds himself looking for his sometime girlfriend's hotheaded son, a prime suspect. King's wry humor ("Thumps liked women who knew what they wanted, but... like most men, he liked them better in theory than in practice") goes over well, as does Thumps's laconic but effective investigative style. King's quirky characters play some lively variations on familiar stereotypes, from the wise Indian sage who always knows when to expect visitors to the lady coroner who refers to the morgue as her "kitchen." The author's mostly gentle satire evokes appreciative chuckles rather than belly laughs. Readers who'd like to see more of Thumps and the denizens of Chinook will be pleased to note several clues suggestive of a sequel.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0081AQNUW
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ HarperCollins Publishers (June 15 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 647 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 447 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 142 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars The first of a series of books about Thumps DreadfulWater by one of my favourite authors.
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