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The Knotted Strings Hardcover – February 7, 1995


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Native American tradition, New Mexico's terra-cotta landscape and a missing "Lincoln cane" that might have bludgeoned someone to death bring to mind Tony Hillerman's Sacred Clowns. While sharing these ingredients with that 1993 novel, Page's third Mo Bowdre mystery (after The Deadly Canyon) is angrier and more hip as it takes wicked shots at the movie business, the media, crass Eastern tourists and venal lawyers. In Santa Fe, Sweetwater Pictures is shooting a film about the Pueblo Rebellion of 1680, when a small band of Indians chased out cruel Spanish rulers. But the movie seems sabotaged: an actor is murdered, the director's car is bombed, Indian "oppositionists" demonstrate and a "witching" occurs at Santo Esteban Pueblo. Burly, blind Santa Fe sculptor Mo Bowdre joins forces with a police sergeant and a freewheeling FBI agent to effect justice. Page includes some lovely scenes?the hilltop funeral of an old pueblo leader, for example?in his suspenseful plot, but the tale's impact is diminished as he overuses the cinematic technique of cutting away from a scene just as something important is about to happen. Author tour.
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The author of The Deadly Canyon (LJ 1/94) also places a movie shoot at the center of his new effort. When murder of the leading man halts filming on Indian land in New Mexico, blind sculptor Mo Bowdre, whose girlfriend plays an extra in the movie, suspects more than simple Indian animosity.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 247 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st edition (February 7, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345387821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345387820
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,957,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 1, 2003
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In the genre of blind sculptor-sleuths, Mo Bowdre stands alone. It's interesting that another author who uses a blind sleuth also had a Georgia O'Keeffe theme in a mystery. Both have their strong points. This is a pleasant read just for spending time with Mo and the inhabitants of his community. It's not the best of the Mo books, but it's a keeper for the time being. Mo uses his ability to think things out to solve local mysteries when he isn't creating powerful animal sculptures.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 15, 1998
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The book's presentation of the characters and their lives in the small towns of New Mexico are entertaining. But the developments in solving the murders are few and far between. The solving of the mystery is not dealt with well.
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