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The Weatherman's Daughters (John Denson Mysteries) Hardcover – 25 Jul 2003


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"Hoyt's offbeat characters are a treat, and his dialogue can be woodsy without lapsing into parody. He teeters on the brink of Hemingway-speak occasionally but keeps his plot rolling along. This is Northern Exposure in a shoulder holster."

About the Author

Richard Hoyt, a graduate of the University of Oregon, is a former fellow of the Washington Journalism Center and holds a Ph.D. in American studies from the University of Hawaii. He served as U.S. army counterintelligence agent, wrote for daily newspapers in Honolulu, and was a stringer for "Newsweek "magazine. He taught journalism at the University of Maryland and at Lewis and Clark College, Portland, Or. Hoyt is the author of the John Denson mysteries, the James Burlane thrillers and numerous other novels of adventure, espionage and suspense including two under the pseudonym of Nicholas van Pelt. In researching and writing in more than two dozen countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, he has ridden trains across the Soviet Union and riverboats down the Amazon. He now lives in the Philippines.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8f184708) out of 5 stars 2 reviews
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HASH(0x8f07b6f0) out of 5 stars More Thought-provoking than Humorous 5 Aug. 2003
By Miss Terry Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the book very much, including the new age and mystical elements and the out-of-body visit to the creator. I had no problem with the plotting and am not clear on what others perceived to be the problem when they cited coincidences or a disjointed plot. There were a couple of loose ends that never were completely wrapped up, but I found the book very enjoyable. But as the plot unfolded, I did not find the book to be particularly humorous despite some rather vivid and unusual scenes and bantering between John, Willie, and others -- in fact the story was unusually poignant compared to other John Denson stories (and I have reaad them all). I think there is a lot here to reflect upon about relationships, family, and some serious matters. I liked it very much.
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HASH(0x8f1fb498) out of 5 stars Humorous private investigative tale 2 July 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
While driving in the Oregon mountains, the heavy rain pours live salmon at private investigator John Denson?s vehicle. During the fishy torrent, he stops, camera in hand, to help an accident victim. However, as the young woman tries to talk through her dying gurgles, fish continue to pelt John and the victim. He realizes this was no accident as someone shot the female who he identifies as Sharon Toogood, daughter of Portland TV weatherman Jerry Toogood.
Unable to forget her murder, John investigates. After talking with the prime suspect, Sharon?s sister Mariah, the sibling is killed too. Needing special guidance to see through the haze of the seemingly too good world of the sisters, John enlists the help of his pal, Native American Willie Sees the Night. With Willie as a guide providing an elixir mixer, John has an out-of-body experience that may provide the clues to solving the homicides.
Though a humorous private investigative tale that feels like a ?Summer of Love? who-done-it, THE WEATHERMAN?S DAUGHTER is definitely not for everyone. The story line uses too much New Age (or is that old age) coincidence to move the plot forward, but the story remains amusing in spite of the murders. The cast is an eccentric delight as hippies, salmon, and poachers (oh my!) dominate the northwest.
Harriet Klausner
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