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The Devil's Backbone: A CJ Floyd Mystery (C. J. Floyd #3)

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When Hambone Dolbey, a rodeo star with a deathly fear of water, turns up in a wet suit, floating in water, and quite dead, his friends know something is fishy. Two of them ask CJ Floyd to find their friend's killer. CJ quickly discovers that the dead man's colorful past encompassed a lot more then roping and riding—like a kinky, forbidden, and potentially dangerous affair ...more
Paperback, 376 pages
Published September 20th 2006 by Frog Books (first published December 12th 1971)
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Black bail bondsman C.J. Floyd is the Denver-based buckaroo-influenced hero. I liked that he doesn't always have the crime theory right, but has to try out his ideas for confirmation.

I didn't expect to have Colorado diamond mining be a key plot factor (wonder if the state really does hide diamonds?)

Nor did I expect there would be black rodeo bull riders or rodeo clowns.

Some interesting women surround C.J. - his original assistant, his new hire, his girlfriend, the female bl
Ray Pettiford
CJ Floyd is fast becoming one of my favorite characters. I am looking forward to reading the remainder of Robert Greer's literary offerings.
Natalie Sherling
Love this author. I think I've read all his books but one.
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Robert Greer, author of the CJ Floyd mystery series, lives in Denver, where he is a practicing surgical pathologist, research scientist, and Professor of Pathology and Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. He also edits the High Plains Literary Review, reviews books for National Public Radio, and raises Black Baldy cattle on his ranch near Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

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Other Books in the Series

C. J. Floyd (8 books)
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  • Resurrecting Langston Blue
  • The Fourth Perspective
  • The Mongoose Deception
  • Blackbird, Farewell
  • First of State
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