Charlie Moon, Ute rancher and investigator, isnât afraid to throw the dice even when a manâs life is at stake, but when that man is betting against himself and Moonâs ability to save him, that makes for some awfully high stakes.
Hard times have come to Colorado, and Moonâs ranch is feeling the pinch. Investor Samuel Reed has never had that problem. He seems to have a special intuition when it comes to picking stocks and claims to be able to remember the future, which gives him quite aÂ leg upÂ on Wall Street. So itâs no surpriseÂ that Reed is confident when he makes a wager with Moonâs best friend, Granite City Chief of Police Scott Parish, thatÂ Parish canât keep him alive.
Even when Reed doesnât give them anyÂ details beyondÂ the date and time of his impending demise,Â thatâs more than enough information for Moon who wants in on the action and is just as confident that heâs well on the way to saving his ranch. But Moonâs bestÂ plans go awry when instead of one homicide on his hands, heÂ ends up with two.
James D. Doss infuses the pages of A Dead Manâs Tale, the fifteenth in his popular series, withÂ hisÂ potentÂ brand of high spirits and homespun humor that has made him a favorite among mystery readers.