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Dark tiger (edition 2010)

by William-G Tapply, François Happe (Traduction)

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Title:Dark tiger
Authors:William-G Tapply
Other authors:François Happe (Traduction)
Info:Editions Gallmeister (2010), Broché, 251 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Rating:***1/2
Tags:États-Unis, Littérature américaine, Maine, Pêche, Amnésie, Espionnage, Contrebande

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"Ten thousand volts of electricity had wiped out Stoney Calhoun's memories of his entire previous life, which, he figured, was a mixed blessing, at least. As well as he could tell, though, getting zapped by lightning hadn't affected his talents and abilities. The last seven years-his new life, and the only one he knew-had turned out to be a great adventure in self-discovery.”

That’s the premise behind this very charming series of mystery stories. Stoney is visited periodically by the Man in the Suit, who knows everything about Stoney’s past and who eagerly awaits the return of Stoney’s memory. Needing his help, an unidentified “agency,” blackmails Stoney into helping. “The Man in the Suit shrugged. ‘I could've asked,’ he said, ‘and you, of course, would've told me to go to hell, and if I then proceeded to threaten you, you'd 've just laughed at me, and so then I'd 've had to show you that we were serious about needing your help, so time being of the essence here, we figured we'd streamline the process and show you we were serious before asking you. . . .I’ve kept an eye on you. As you know. We don't miss much, Stoney. You've solved two murders since you've been up here in Maine. Your sheriff calls on you to help him figure things out. You've shown intelligence, initiative, and resourcefulness-and courage to burn-not even to mention all of the survival and self-defense and problem-solving skills that were instilled in you at great government expense.’ "

So Stoney is forced undercover by the “agency” as a fishing guide to a remote high class fishing lodge in northern Maine to investigate the killing of another agent, McNulty, who had been at the lodge but was discovered dead in a car with an underage girl, both having been shot, yet he and the girl already dead from botulism poisoning, the shooting being merely to make it look like murder/suicide. Soon after his arrival at the lodge, one of the other guides is murdered with Stoney’s gun and things start to get interesting as Stoney realizes he has many skills his conscious self cannot remember.

For those who care about such things, the title of each book, is the name of a fly-fishing fly. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
I'll miss reading more adventures of Ralph, Stoney's Brittany, who played an important role in capturing the bad guys in this book. ( )
  BrianEWilliams | Aug 15, 2010 |
Stoney Calhoun is a man who was hit by lightening and doesn't remember his past. Apparently he was an agent for Homeland Security and gets called upon to help solve cases. This time he's asked to go to Maine, act as a fishing guide at a resort, and figure out why two people killed by botulism poisoning were shot to look like a lover's suicide. ( )
  Kathy89 | Dec 25, 2009 |
I am so very sad that William Tapply has passed away, because his Stoney Calhoun novels are so good! Very matter-of-fact and down-to-earth almost wholesome goodness, with a few twists.

In this novel, Stoney's unknown past comes back to bite him, when his livelihood and relationship are put in jeopardy unless he performs a task for his former employers. To this effect, he's sent to a northern, remote resort to determine what happened to another "employee" and report back. As soon as he arrives onsite, there are 2 murders and plenty of suspicion to go around.

A decent whodunit, lots of rich detail - you can really tell how much of a fisher and outdoorsman Tapply was, as it shows in the deep contentment with setting that comes through to the reader. Enough depth to each character to make them real, and enough raison d'etre to support the mystery - very, very sad there won't be any more! ( )
  randirousseau | Nov 18, 2009 |
Third in this mystery series about Stoney Calhoun,a man who was hit by lightning and lost all memories of his past life. He's made a new life but the covert operations that he evidently worked for keeps pulling him back. Good but not as good as the first two. ( )
  mlanzotti | Oct 8, 2009 |
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An unnamed man who has periodically appeared to check on Stoney after being struck by lightning, this time shows up looking for help. Stoney must go to the far corner of Maine, sign on as a guide at a high-end fishing lodge, and look into a couple of suspicious deaths. A government "opearitve" was found shot dead in a staged murder/suicide pact involving a local sixteen-year-old girl. Now Stoney has to uncover what the dead agent was investigating and got him killed, without tipping his hand or getting killed himself.… (more)

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