The Witch’s Tongue, by James D Doss, is yet another installment of a series of mysteries starring Charlie Moon. This is a weighty tome, so it would be prudent if one does not read it all in one sitting.
A multitude of strange coincidences are rattling around Granite Creek. Colorado. That one should happen in a place known as Spirit Canyon should say something. Coupled with the fact that Native folklore plays a part, this novel is no read for the skeptical.
At any rate, Charlie Moon is off on yet another investigation. Moon is a part time tribal investigator as well as a Ute. For the most part, he runs the Columbine Ranch. I assume the author was thinking of the flower when he penned this work. Charlie is the nephew of a local shaman, who dreams about death. An Apache panics during a routine traffic stop and gets involved in an altercation with a local police officer. Musuem relics are stolen from the building which houses them. Even more bizarre is the disappearance of a man who is known for his abuse of his wife, known as Kicks Dogs.
Throw in FBI involvement, and one gets the impression that the novel will be a bumpy ride. However, Doss has written a truly engrossing piece of work. He takes tradition and mixes in a few odd bits of legend. And the denouement of an ending is stranger still.Powered by Sidelines