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Dark Tiger: A Stoney Calhoun Novel (Stoney Calhoun Novels) Hardcover – September 29, 2009

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Stoney Calhoun goes undercover in Tapply's diverting third mystery to feature the Portland, Maine, bait shop owner who lost his memory in a lightning strike years before (after 2007's Gray Ghost). Despite this tragedy, Stoney retains the skills that make him valuable to the local police as a volunteer deputy as well as to the Man in the Suit, who works for a government agency and periodically shows up to ask Stoney's help. Stoney's latest job for his mysterious employer takes him to an exclusive resort in far northern Maine as a fishing guide to unobtrusively investigate the murder of a federal agent named McNulty and the 16-year-old girl who was with McNulty. Stoney's technique of making anyone with a secret uncomfortable enough to give him or herself away leads to more murders among the small group of resort staff and owners. Sadly, Tapply died July 28, 2009, but fans can expect one more book in his long-running Brady Coyne series (Hell Bent, etc.). (Oct.)
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About the Author

William G. Tapply was a contributing editor to Field & Stream and the author of numerous books on fishing and wildlife, as well as more than twenty novels, including his books featuring "Stoney" Calhoun. He lived in Hancock, New Hampshire.
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Product Details

  • Series: Stoney Calhoun Novels (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312379781
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312379780
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #840,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Tina on October 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I am a huge, huge William Tapply fan and I am extremely sad to found out that he recently passed away. I am, however, glad that he wrote some final installments in his series of novels - specifically the Stoney Calhoun novels) AND the absolutely, wonderful Brady Coyne series (which is definitely the best).

In Dark Tiger, we find Stoney Calhoun - still has broody and determined as ever - however, this time, Stoney will find himself the victim of a man who is trying to get him to do something - all of which will be tied back to Stoney's presence at a VA hospital almost a decade before - at which time, he had lost all of his memories.

Dark Tiger is much edgier and darker than Tapply's previous two entries in the series. This novel focuses alot more on Calhoun's past which will end up colliding with his present and will go a long way in explaining some of the mystery that surrounds him (and will explain a little bit about why he is the way he is).

As Calhoun acts as fishing guide at the lodge, he will find himself immersed in a mystery which will lead to violence and perhaps some answers that have been long ago buried.

Tapply goes above his usual brand of simmering "whodunnit" in this one and really branches out the Calhoun character and I read through this thing at the speed of light. LOVED IT!!!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on October 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Several years have gone by since Stoney Calhoun awakened in a Virginia VA hospital with total amnesia. He opened up a Portland, Maine bait shop owner with Kate Balaban and is a fishing guide and does occasional work for the cops and for "the Man in the Suit" who shows up periodically with an assignment that Stoney has the skills to accomplice. Although his memory remains erased from before the awakening Stoney still has the skills with weapons for instance before he went comatose.

The Suit offers Stoney a deal he cannot refuse. Instead of the usual tidbits about the past, he says he will insure they keep the bait shop potentially being sold to another buyer and keep Kate's loved one covered by health insurance being challenged. Not even knowing the case Stoney agrees to the terms because he would do anything for Kate.

The Suit arranges for a Mr. Brecia to meet with Stoney. Mr. Brecia directs Stoney to investigate the deaths of operative McNulty and the underage teen townie Millie Gautier in what looked like a murder-suicide at St. Cecilia on the Canadian border. Mr. Brecia wants Stoney to find out what their agent was doing there with a sixteen year old. He suggests going undercover at the nearby exclusive Loon Lake Lodge as that is the only place in the vicinity of any known significance.

The third Stonewall Jackson Calhoun tale (see BITCH CREEK and GRAY GHOST) is a super whodunit with obvious overtones to Ludlam's Bourne, but with the late William Tapply's distinct New England take. The story line is fast-paced starting with the Suit showing what he can do to insure Stoney cooperates and never slows down. Fans will enjoy the hero's activity in northern Maine as his in dubiously presence increases the homicide count considerably. DARK TIGER pay homage to Mr. Tapply who died in late July.

Harriet Klausner
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Randy Spencer on October 30, 2009
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Readers of Bitch Creek and Gray Ghost were hanging in the lurch, anxiously waiting for the Stoney Calhoun saga to continue. Their reward came simultaneously with the sorrowful news of William G. Tapply's passing. Still, Tapply's last cast landed a keeper. Rarely is a story so calm and so suspenseful at the same time. Tapply's command of context--the outdoor sporting lifestyle of his characters--is always comfortable, believable, compelling. Our loss of Tapply is the loss of a great read next to a log fire at the lodge. Fortunately, he worked to pass along his gifts to his students.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda Faulkner on October 27, 2009
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Stoney Calhoun is a wonderful lead-detective, even though he's not really a detective. A lightning strike changed his world seven years ago, or so they tell him, and he can't remember anything about his life before the event. Sometimes he wonders...but the telltale scar supports their story. He co-owns Kate's Bait, Tackle, and Woolly Buggers shop in Casco Bay, Maine with his business partner and lover, Kate Balaban. On occasion, he's called upon to serve his country, utilizing skills and talents he learned in his previous life. Like disappearing into the wilds of northern Maine and poising as a fishing guide while trying to uncover the true story behind the murder of a government operative and a sixteen year-old girl in a staged murder/suicide.

Dark Tiger is a compelling mystery populated with well-drawn characters, a fast-paced plot, and a lot of subtext. I especially liked the contrast between the calm, gentle present-day Stoney with the darker, more violent personality we suspect he possessed in his past. His pragmatic and mature outlook toward his relationship with Kate, and the other secondary characters, adds an unexpected layer to his character.

Tapply's writing style is not as gripping as his characters and his plot, but I kept forgetting about that as I continued turning pages. As I think back on the story, more and more subtext becomes apparent, which makes Dark Tiger a terrific read. I'm looking forward the the final book in the series.
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