Title: Bitch Creek: A Novel
Publisher: The Lyons Press
Publication Date: 2004
Book Condition: Collectible: Very Good
Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by author on title page without inscription. First edition with full number line. DJ is rubbed, top edge slightly worn. Bookseller Inventory # unit81-3
Synopsis: Finalist for the 2005 Ben Franklin Awards
"Tapply is . . . a worthy successor to Hammett and both MacDonalds (Ross and John)." -Chicago Tribune "
Only a few writers of crime fiction have managed to generate prose this leanly poetic in the service of their hard-boiled stories. Tapply does it all the time." -The Boston Globe
William G. Tapply has created a fresh new world in BITCH CREEK, a steamy, perfectly crafted mystery introducing Stoney Calhoun, an unlikely hero. Stoney is a man without a past. A lightning strike obliterated his memory, and, as so many might like to do, he was given a chance to completely reinvent himself. That's not an easy task when a man doesn't know the slightest thing about himself. But Stoney was driven by some current within and ended up as a fishing guide in Maine. He's reeducating himself, he's in love, and life is good-until his friend and fellow fishing guide is murdered and Stoney suspects that he himself was the target. In a riveting process of revelation, Stoney begins investigating the murder and learns to his surprise that he is, in fact, a trained investigator. The process of discovering the murderer is also a process of self-discovery. Tapply has introduced an unlikely, yet intensely likeable protagonist. He has fashioned an ingenious plot simultaneously unfolding layers of personality and intrigue in his stunning new novel.
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"It's wonderful to see Tapply get out of the city and into an altogether different kind of time that suits his unhurried storytelling perfectly."
"Outstanding . . . electrifying . . . ingenious . . . one of the most convincingly heroic and likeable of contemporary sleuths."
"Tapply is . . . a worthy successor to Hammet and both MacDonalds (Ross and John)."
William G. Tapply has created a fresh new world in Bitch Creek, a steamy, perfectly crafted mystery introducing Stoney Calhoun, an unlikely hero. Stoney is a man without a past. A tragic event has obliterated his memory and he has been given-as so many might like to receive-a chance to reinvent himself. That's not an easy task when a man doesn't know anything about himself, except that he is smart and utterly self-reliant.
Stoney is driven by a current from within. He has settled in Maine and has become a fishing guide, and he's busy reeducating himself. He's also in love, and he is slowly coming to terms with the sometimes ghostly glimpses of his past. Life is sweet, until someone close to him is murdered, and Stoney suspects that he himself was the intended target. In a riveting process of investigation and self-discovery, Stoney delves deep into the mysteries of the murder and begins, unwittingly, to uncover vital truths about himself.
In Bitch Creek, Tapply has created a unique and intensely likeable protagonist. He has fashioned an ingenious plot that exquisitely unfolds along with simultaneous layers of personality and intrigue. With stunning surprises and dead-on dialogue, Bitch Creek will be hailed, along with Stoney Calhoun, as Tapply's latest brilliant creation.
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