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The Nail Knot: A Fly Flishing Mystery (Fly Fishing Mysteries) [Kindle Edition]

John Galligan
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Book Description

The going has gotten tough, and Ned ''Dog'' Oglivie has gone fishing. Fly fishing. For trout. All across America. At least until his money runs out . . .

Driven by tragedy to turn his back on human society, the Dog is on a quest to fish himself into oblivion. And he's nearly made it. Playing the back highways of America in a wounded old RV . . . provisioned with a supply of peanut butter sandwiches, bad cigars, and vodka-Tang . . . armed with a loaded pistol (for when the money runs out) . . . the Dog is nearly at the end of his tether when he rolls into little Black Earth, Wisconsin, intending to fish the yellow sally stonefly hatch . . . and finds a body instead.

Who killed Jake Jacobs, fellow fly fisher and late-coming agitator who was trying to save Black Earth Creek? Why was Jacobs disfigured in such a peculiar way? Why does the Dog give a damn? Can he rekindle his faith and interest in humankind? By caring about the death of a stranger, can the Dog recover his own life? Can he untie The Nail Knot?

Editorial Reviews


Galligan's Nail Knot moves like a Wisconsin spring creek. -- John G. Motoviloff, author of Driftless Stories

From the Publisher

The Nail Knot is the first installment in the Ned Oglivie Fly Fishing Mystery series.

Product Details

  • File Size: 695 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Tyrus Books (September 26, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005O399F0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An original and deftly written murder mystery January 17, 2004
The Nail Knot by John Galligan is an original and deftly written murder mystery about Ned "Dog" Oglivie, a dedicated fly fisherman in Wisconsin who is unfortunate enough to find the disfigured and dead body of Jake Jacobs (Dog's fellow fly fisher and a late-coming agitator trying to save Black Earth Creek). Confronted with n entire small town of suspects, Dog's desire to leave the town is thwarted and he must solve the mystery and find the killer -- and in doing so, Dog comes to rediscover what it means to care about another human being, whether living or dead. The Nail Knot is a terrific mystery that rivets the readers rapt and total attention from beginning to end!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book. April 27, 2010
This is an engrossing, fun book. It was one of the few books I have read lately that I couldn't wait to pick up. The protagonist, if you can call him that, is Ned Ogilvie, really known throughout the book as Dog. At first this sort of tripped me up, since I initially thought it was a gimmick. But I was totally wrong. Dog's story is intriguing and wrapped into the mystery of who killed the yuppie environmentalist Jake Jacobs. Jake has settled in Black Earth with his wife, who has opened an espresso shop in a town of Maxwell House drinkers. I found the writing excellent, easy to read but not simplistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great hammock read February 13, 2012
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First off, this is not a book about fly fishing. Its a book about a guy who fly fishes. That said, Ned "Dog" Ogilvie is a well crafted character with enough common sense, humanity, and emotional baggage to make you root for him as he pieces this neat little murder mystery together. There were just enough twists and surprises in this story to pull me along and keep me guessing until the end. I look forward to seeing where Dog's old Cruise Master RV takes him to on his next stop.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read! June 27, 2014
By pj
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It got me from the beginning right to the very end. Even after the murderer was revealed, there was still more to come. I love all the different stories and scenarios woven into this one book. Good job.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good read. May 5, 2014
By cube1
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An enjoyable mystery, set in a small town near Madison, WI. As with all good mystery, the story keeps you on the edge of your seat, wanting to read more.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More twists than a hand knotted fly May 31, 2013
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Entertaining read with enough plot twists to keep the reader guessing. I know I changed my mind several times about the murderer before the end of the story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's not just about the Knots April 1, 2013
By Cici
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This book would probably been of more interest to me if I was familiar with the sport of fishing, or wanted to be. But by the end, I actually was starting to finally understand why people want to catch those elusive fish, and then set them free again. I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy the book for a while. In the beginning, there seemed to be too many details, too much description of everything, and the story line didn't seem to move along very well. The name "Dog" seemed awkward, and was annoying when he spoke in the third person. But worse was "Junior". I never did adjust to that appellation for a woman, and it drew me up short every time.

The author does have a talent for unusual names though. Some were interesting, some unpronounceable, and some were just fun. I loved Bud and his son, Bud Light. However, Lake Bud was a pretty lame name for a lake, even if Bud Heavy needed to satisfy his ego.

Overall, it was a well told mystery that wasn't easily anticipated. By default, I learned a lot more about the sport of fishing than I expected. A good story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read for fly fishers and normal people November 16, 2012
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This is a really well written book that keeps you fascinated right through the yarn to the very end, I loved it. It manages to blend just enough detail on fly fishing to keep us anglers intrigued, with a story that paints a picture of people, places and time that just might be real - but just might not.
Highly recommended by me.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
A well written book that is easy to stay engrossed in. The characters are interesting and despite the content that at times, can be predictable, the author manages to keep you... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hook N Bowlit
4.0 out of 5 stars great book!!!
This was a great book, not what I expected at all, but I was pleasantly surprised. John Galligan is an author every fisherman should read.
Published on November 29, 2012 by Bookworm
4.0 out of 5 stars The Nail knot
Entertaining fly fishing mystery with a good plot and character development. I look forward to reading the other books in the "Dog" series.
Published on September 6, 2012 by Robert Garman
4.0 out of 5 stars New author for me
I really enjoyed this book. It's not your typical murder mystery in that you're really not sure if you are supposed to like the main character or not. Read more
Published on August 6, 2012 by Teresa Collins
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Biting
I thought this would be good I like to fly fish. Too bad it was really a lame attempt at a mystery. I give him a bonus for trying, and hope he tries again. Read more
Published on July 6, 2012 by Tardive Zoar
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
I've already referred several people to this book and loaned out my own kindle copy. Really enjoyed it. One of the best mysteries I've read in a long time.
Published on May 23, 2012 by R. Williams
4.0 out of 5 stars A Prize Catch
This is billed as a fly fishing mystery. Don't let that put you off, though. You don't have to be a fisherman to enjoy it.

There is some fishing. Read more
Published on May 19, 2012 by John R. Lindermuth
3.0 out of 5 stars What's the real crime?
Nail Knot was a fun and easy read. There were a few twists and turns, which kept your interest. And I actually did get some fishing info from it. Read more
Published on March 5, 2012 by Ski Guy
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