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  • School & Library Binding: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0613340183
  • ISBN-13: 978-0613340182
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.9 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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BITING THE MOON:

'The sharp characterizations and naturalness of the dialogue show author Martha Grimes on top form' Irish News (Belfast) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The first book in a brand new series from this hugely popular author featuring two enchanting characters and demonstrating all of Martha Grimes' superb literary talents at their finest. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Along the highway, a few miles from the city and a short distance from the general store where she went to get her supplies, Andi got a ride from a woman with pearl-gray hair and rings on nearly all her fingers. Read the first page
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Mar 1999
Format: Hardcover
When the teen awakened in the Santa Fe bed and breakfast, she had no idea who she was. Her only clues were the initials A.O. on her backpack and vague references to Idaho. She also realizes that "Daddy", who took her to this motel, is not her father, but probably her abductor. She calls her self Andi after the nearby Sandia Mountains.
Andi vanishes into the mountainous wilderness where she begins to protect the animals from hunters. When Andi meets another adolescent Mary Dark Hope, they form a bond. Mary agrees to help Andi and they soon begin their trek seeking the identity of "Daddy" as a start.
Readers need to know that though Mary Dark Hope originally appeared in a Richard Jury novel, BITING THE MOON is not a Jury tale (this reviewer kept waiting for his appearance). The story line is a bit disjointed because too much of the novel is spent on the subplots. This especially is true as Martha Grimes makes compassionate, graphic pleas for animal rights, but ultimately these passages ramble away from the mystery. Mary remains a warm, enigmatic character, whom readers will embrace. The audience will feel much empathy for Andi too, but Ms. Grimes dissipates that for no apparent reason. Though the novel has well-written sections, fans will be better off obtaining a Jury tale to see the author at her awesome best.

Harriet Klausner
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Aug 1999
Format: Hardcover
Martha Grimes writes good mysteries. I have been a fan for years.
She needs to stick to writing the kind of mysteries she is good at and read for.
Biting the Moon is her podium for animal rights. I am a lover and owner of animals, too. I deplore bad treatment of animals. However, I do not want to pick up a Martha Grimes' book and find I am reading an essay on animal rights. If she wants to campaign, she needs to do it elsewhere.
This book was very simplistic. There was no depth of plot, and the action was not believable. She certainly made her point about how she felt about animals.
But, it will be a long time before I look forward to a Martha Grimes' book.
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By A Customer on 12 May 1999
Format: Hardcover
Grimes's writing style is as smooth as ever, but I couldn't get past the premise of two teenagers galavanting across the U.S. like Thelma and Louise. Andi had already been preyed upon once; Mary had seen the dark side of life with the death of her sister. Am I to believe these two intelligent young women would just hit the road, chasing a child molester, as if they were going on Spring Break? And if the think-tank doctor was such a genius, how could he let Andi and Mary wander off after hearing that horrible story. It just doesn't wash.
Also, although I am sympathetic to animal rights issues, this book covered too many-trapping, coyote population control, dogfights, crooked vets, and canned hunts. It would have been better to focus one or two issues, because in the end, the overwhelming amount of controversial topics detracted from all of them.
I didn't expect to see Richard Jury in this novel, so I wasn't disappointed in that respect. But I did feel this novel was rushed and not as finely crafted as some of her others.
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By A Customer on 15 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
I was sorely disappointed by M. Grimes latest. She has taken a perfectly riveting premise and muddied it with totally unplausible side stories, a mis-timed and disatisfying resolution of the central mystery, and downright bad writing. This book was poorly executed, poorly written, and poorly edited. I loved Andi and Mary (though they were easily confused at points-I think they are different sides or stages of the same character), but are readers to believe that they are mixed up with a kidnapper/murderer/kiddie porn purveyor who has ties to "canned hunts" as well as an illegal dog-fighting ring and crooked veterinarian? And what's with all the lonely, kind, jaded folks who were once so talented and have totally unrealized dreams of greatness? My suspension of disbelief was stretched to its breaking point. To M. Grimes I say this: take Andi and her story, and re-write it. You had something there, and you botched it!
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By A Customer on 11 April 1999
Format: Hardcover
Martha Grimes would not be capable of anything but excellent writing, and this book certainly exemplifies that. But..... When an author is so closely identified with a set of characters and locales as this author is with the Richard Jury gang, it is a disappointment to find only a tenuous link with former books. It was hard to recall Mary Dark Hope's role in a former book, also Andi's part in Hotel Paradise, and there was not enough development there to satisfy my appetite for more about the village full of familiar characters of the last few books. The point of view of animal rights is so strongly expressed that it makes the novel appear as just a vehicle for getting Martha Grimes' philosophy across to her readers, and while I share her viewpoint, this is not what I look for in a mystery novel. Please, Martha, write fast, and let's have another one!
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Format: Hardcover
I've never read any of the Richard Jury novels, so that isn't the cause of my extreme disappointment with this book.
The premise is fascinating: the young girl waking up at the bed & breakfast with amnesia, but it all falls apart after that. To keep the novel going, she had to NOT do what anyone would do, namely, go to the police. This is so unbelievable, but it is merely the first of a series of non-rational happenings.
I was overwhelmed by the coincidental appearance of a whole pile of animal abuses. Most of them had little or nothing to do with the plot, and not much to do with character development. I never got a clear picture of any of the characters, and I was mystified with the vague ending.
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