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THE NAIL KNOT
JOHN GALLIGAN
ISBN# (10) 0-373-26579-4 and (13) 978-0-373-26579-4
October 2006
Harlequin
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Canada M3B 3K9
Paperback
$5.99 U.S./$6.99 Canada
282 Pages
Mystery
Rating: 4 Cups

Ned, ‘Dog’, Oglivie enjoys the quiet life of fishing and finding a spot to park his beaten up RV. He had no idea that his path would lead him to Black Earth, Wisconsin where he would find a dead fisherman and land him in the middle of a crime scene with a sweaty woman that insists upon being called only by Junior.

Melvina Racheletta O’Malley is not your ordinary woman. She spends her time taking care of the farmland for her aging father. Now that her father is the suspect in the death of a dead fisherman, she needs Dog help in finding the real killer.

What luck could befall, Ned, known by Dog, while out fly-fishing to stumble upon a dead body? He was minding his business trying to stay away from humankind and enjoy life and now he is in the midst of a small town digging around for suspects. He had hoped to leave the town and enjoy the open road of finding another fishing hole, while he enjoyed his smokes, some peanut butter sandwiches and even living out of his beat up RV, but now that plan has gone sour. To top matters off, a young gal, well, he cannot really figure out if she is that pretty since she is covered in dirt, somewhat sweaty and looks more like a tomboy then anything else on top of that tractor. When she comes over to his RV with the deadman’s ponytail desiring his help to clear her father of the murder crime. He had never really thought of himself being that attracted to any female but Melvina, who wishes to be called Junior seems to have a strange hold on him. Now if he can only help locate the real killer perhaps he can leave the town and forget all about Junior, then again finding the killer might be a bit easier than leaving Junior.

A muddy creek, a stream of water, some mystery along the way that kept this reader spellbound is what one can find in The Nail Knot. Both Dog and Junior are in-depth characters, quite engaging that takes the reader on a wonderful journey at Black Earth. There for a moment I felt as if I was right there in the middle of everything as Dog plays detective while trying to get back to his own life. Mr. Galligan paints characters that I fell in love with and a campground and many delightful turns that put me almost along the trail of the killer. It was practically like traveling along a babbling brook in a suspense that kept this reader rapidly turning the pages. All the secondary characters are different in their own way making this riveting story a pure satisfying read, one where you can come along for the trout fishing but stay for the adventure.

Cherokee
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