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Did Doss Smoke Too Much Peyote?
on March 10, 2014
I realize that Doss is a best-selling author, but he won't be selling to me again.
I will try to be positive first. The American Indian beliefs and legends Doss describes are fascinating and well done. Daisy is a fully developed, delightful character. The plot goes along nicely until it goes not only off the rails, but over the cliff. I know he writes about shamans and their special gifts, but Night Visitor goes too far. I lost my willing suspension of disbelief at time travel.
Charlie Moon is a cardboard cutout, as are most of the other characters. His romantic entanglement (I won't ruin it for you.).
Finally, Doss is a bad writer. For example, if I had a dollar for every time Charlie is called "the big Ute policeman," I would be as wealthy as Doss is. Maybe he doesn't like editors.
If you enjoy mysteries that feature American Indian policemen or amateur sleuths on the reservation, you would be better served by reading Margaret Coel or rereading the master, Tony Hillerman.