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Obsidian: A DreadfulWater Mystery Paperback – Jan. 18 2022
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From the award-winning and #1 bestselling author of Sufferance and Indians on Vacation
When relics of the mysterious Obsidian murders resurface in Chinook, Thumps DreadfulWater is determined to close this case once and for all.
Thumps DreadfulWater’s world is turned upside down when Nina Maslow, the producer of a true-crime reality-TV show, turns up dead after working on a cold case that Thumps has spent years trying to forget. What’s more, someone seems set on taunting Thumps, leaving reminders of the Obsidian murder case around town. Is it possible that the elusive serial killer who murdered his girlfriend and her daughter all those years ago has resurfaced in Chinook? Or is this the work of a copycat looking to mess with Thumps by stirring up memories from his past?
Dragged back into a case that has haunted him for years, Thumps DreadfulWater is determined to solve the mystery of the Obsidian murders. But as he works the case, he begins to realize just how dangerous the person he is dealing with is—and that he might be the next target.
Thumps DreadfulWater, the sly, wry, reluctant investigator of Cold Skies and A Matter of Malice, returns in another irresistible mystery that only Thomas King could create.
“Thankfully, unlike most writers, King actually is funny when he intends to be.” — Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“King’s Thumps Dreadfulwater is a marvelous character . . . any of King’s Dreadfulwater novels will take you right out of your reading chair and into the action.” — Globe and Mail (Toronto)
“King’s books are filled with mischief and sly humour, but his words always manage to reveal some hidden truth about life which makes you look at the world in a slightly different way than you did prior to reading his work. Even his mystery stories are more than what they look like on the surface and Obsidian is no exception.” — Blogcritics.org
About the Author
THOMAS KING is an award-winning writer whose fiction includes Sufferance; Indians on Vacation, which won the Leacock Medal for Humour; Green Grass, Running Water; Truth and Bright Water; and The Back of the Turtle, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award. The Truth About Stories won the Trillium Book Award, and The Inconvenient Indian won the RBC Taylor Prize, as well as the BC National Book Award for Canadian Non-Fiction. King’s first collection of poetry, 77 Fragments of a Familiar Ruin, was shortlisted for the Nelson Ball Prize. A Companion of the Order of Canada and the recipient of a National Aboriginal Achievement Award, Thomas King taught at the University of Lethbridge and was chair of American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota. Following this, he taught at the University of Guelph until he retired. Thomas King lives in Guelph with his partner, Helen Hoy. Double Eagle is the seventh book in the DreadfulWater series.
- Publisher : Harper Perennial (Jan. 18 2022)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1443455229
- ISBN-13 : 978-1443455220
- Item weight : 295 g
- Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.18 x 20.32 cm
- Best Sellers Rank: #100,147 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- #214 in Canadian Detectives
- #277 in Native Canadian Literature
- #361 in Native American Literature (Books)
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This is the 5th book in his mystery series and features an ex-police officer, Thumps Dreadfulwater. He is a Cherokee man who presently works as a photographer in the town of Chinook. I have only read one other book in the series, A Matter of Malice, and have learned that he reluctantly gets drawn back into the role of police investigator because of his past experience and great reputation as a detective. We know he is a troubled man and this book explains his lethargy and anguish. This can be read as a standalone, but I now have the desire to read the series from the beginning.
Thumps has been haunted by a past mass murder along the west coast. Ten people were brutally bludgeoned to death over the course of 3 days and their bodies left near the shoreline. A common factor was a piece of obsidian inserted in the mouths of the victims. The bodies included those of his girlfriend and her young daughter. The case was never solved.
Now, the killer seems to have followed Thumps to Chinook and is taunting him with souvenirs from the Obsidian case. To add to his torment a three-person movie crew has arrived in town with files that a murdered TV producer had compiled on the Obsidian case. They plan to make a movie that will include a lot of fiction in their crime script.
This is a complex mystery, told with dry wit and humour. The dialogue between Thumps and the towns' quirky characters is funny and a delight to read. There is the question of whether the murder of his girlfriend and her child was committed by a separate copycat killer, or if one clever and brilliant criminal was now in Chinook playing his evil games. With help from some eccentric characters, the killer may finally be identified and captured but doing so may put some lives in danger.
This book has it all - a murder to solve, romance, an orphan baby, movie makers, a sheriff with prostate cancer, and lots of laughter. While Thumps struggles with his personal life, his detective skills are not dulled at all. An old, personal, double murder has been haunting him for six long years and he is ready to go to work.
I love how the author is able to weave such a captivating story filled with quirky characters, while still providing many laugh out loud moments, guffaws, grins and belly laughs. This is a great read.
It's very good and completely satisfying. I give it 5 stars because 1) it's a great mystery and 2) I was in the mood for a good mystery and King delivers. This series of mysteries would be great for TV. I wonder if anyone has ever considered that. Thank you Mr. King!