cover image Gray Ghost: A Stoney Calhoun
\t\t  Novel

Gray Ghost: A Stoney Calhoun \t\t Novel

William G. Tapply, .\t\t . St. Martin's Minotaur, $23.95 (257pp) ISBN 978-0-312-36303-1

The pleasures of the outdoors lift the second Stoney Calhoun novel \t\t (after 2004's Bitch Creek) from Tapply, best \t\t known for his many mysteries about Boston lawyer Brady Coyne (Out Cold, etc.). Stoney, who lost his memory when he \t\t was struck by lightning years earlier, knows how to tie a gray ghost—a fly \t\t used for salmon—as well as other skills useful to his new life as half-owner \t\t of a bait shop in Portland, Maine. Occasionally, hints about his past arrive \t\t like muscle twinges—survival skills of the sort learned in law enforcement, \t\t reinforced by infrequent visits from "a grayish, nondescript guy from some \t\t government agency who'd been sent to keep an eye on him." But Stoney is mostly \t\t on his own as he struggles to find out why a burned corpse turns up on a small \t\t island, and why the fishing client who was with him when they discovered the \t\t body is also killed. Readers will look forward to learning more about Tapply's \t\t new character, who with any luck will be around as long as Brady Coyne. \t\t (Mar.)