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Gray Ghost: A Stoney Calhoun Novel (Stoney Calhoun #2)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  223 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Seven years ago,Stoney Calhounwoke up in a VA hospital with no memories. He still remembers nothing from before then, except that he has a few unexplained skills--a gift for angling, an ability to read French--and recently it'sbeen made clearto him that itwould be best if he never does.
Working as a guide on Casco Bay, Stoney is outwith a client on anearly morning fly fishi
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published March 6th 2007 by Minotaur Books
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William Tapply is the author of the wonderful Brady Coyne series of legal mysteries. Before his unfortunate early death he also produced a series about Stoney Calhoun who lives in the Maine woods, loves Kate, a woman who’s husband is slowly dying of MS, ties flies, is a popular fishing guide, and who is regularly visited by the “Man in the Suit,” who wants to know if Stoney has begun to regain his memory.

Stoney Calhoun was struck by lightning and lost his memory. He doesn’t know what he had been
#2 in the Stoney Calhoun series. Stoney Calhoun, ME fishing guide, after being hit by lightning gradually discovers talents for fishing, home building, and law enforcement.

Stoney Calhoun gets deputized to help find the killer of a professor who was chartering his boat when they found a burned body on an island in Casco Bay. The body turns out to be a sexual predator and may be the victim of a serial killer. Partner Kate has to put her ill husband in a nursing facility and guilt causes her to bre
Jun 13, 2012 Joe rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: mystery
Second installment of William Tapply's "Stoney Calhoun" mystery. Living in a cabin outside of Portland, Maine, with his dog Ralph and part owner of a store with Kate, selling everything for the fishermen in the area, as well as offering guided (fishing)tours on the water Stoney finds himself stumbling across a burned body on one of the many islands on his latest guided fishing tours. Then suddenly he finds out the man that hired him for this recent fishing trip turns up dead as well. In no time, ...more
GRAY GHOST (Mystery-Stoney Calhoun-Maine-Cont) – G
Tapply, William G., 2nd in series
St. Martin’s Minotaur, 2007, US Hardcover- ISBN: 9780312363031
First Sentence: The alarm in Stoney Calhoun’s head jangled at two fifty-five, five minutes before the redundant wind-up clock beside his bed was scheduled to go off. Calhoun’s internal alarm hadn’t failed him yet, but he still didn’t quite trust it.
*** Stoney Calhoun remembers nothing prior to seven years ago when he was apparently struck by lightening.
Peter Herrmann
I was totally obnoxed by the personality of the protagonist (which I take as a stand-in, to some degree, of the author). Calhoun is one of these 'my way or the highway' type, supermacho, super-self-confident, never-doubt-for-one-second-that-I'm-the-boss type protagonists. Some readers might love that personality - I do not. Early on in the book he makes clear to his fishing client that he won't allow any cellphone onboard his boat. Then, when out to sea, and an emergency arises, turns out that C ...more
Just finished reading this book and I really did like it. I didn't read the first novel in the series, but I don't think I was missing anything. This is an easy, comfortable mystery. The characters are likeable and real. The relationship between Stoney and Ralph is so genuine. I know it is a man and a dog, but you can tell the author understands how important a pet is.
This is not a deep, dark, psychological mystery, but sometimes I want to read something lighter and this really fit the bill. I
So so story with implausible plot and characters.
Another of Emmaus Library Summer Reading program and so far, I'm really liking this book. Would like to just sit down and keep reading it until the end! I really enjoyed this book! Loved the characters--especially Stoney--would like to learn more about his life before he was struck by lightning. Great descriptions of the Maine woods and his life in his cabin with his dog, Ralph. Also, a very good mystery plot.
Gray Ghost is the 2nd of William Tapply's Stoney Calhoun Mystery series. Stoney is made "Deputy Sheriff" as he investigates what turns out to be several murders in the Portland Maine area. Stoney has partnered with Kate in the Bait and Fishing Guide business where he continues work at tying flies and guiding fisherman.

Characters: Stoney, Sheriff, Kate, Ralph
Takes Place: Portland Maine area
Mary Sue
Set in Maine, lots of fishing details, lots of interesting locals, lots of sense of place...all good. Stoney Calhoun is as likable as Jesse Stone without the booze and depression. Stoney was struck by lightning and survived with no memory of his past. But his brain and muscles remember how to do things, like how to search a house, and how to make sophisticated basketball moves.
Stoney Calhoun has a mysterious past. Most memories are gone after a lightening strike seven years ago. He now helps run a fishing concession. On an excursion with a client they discovered a burned body.

The amnesia is used well as a plot device. The unusual relationships unfortunately mirror the oddities of the real world.

Not a comfortable read.
Good ending on this one. Kept me wondering as the clues piled up.
Joe O'c
Very Good; Continuing character: Stoney Calhoun; Calhoun takes a client fishing and they find a burned up corpse on an island, and then two days later he finds the client dead on his porch, so the sheriff enlists him to help out on the case
Number 2 in the Stoney Calhoun series. I like this character a lot. Only one more. Tapply's Brady Coyne series is one of my favorites too. Tapply passed away in 2009.
Even though this book in the series was a little boring to me, I still liked it.
stoney still intriguing, plot still exciting, but not enough of relationship with boss as compared to first book, but i will continue to read the series
These Stoney Calhoun books are excellent. It is a real shame that William Tapply has passed away.
The second in the Tapply Stoney Calhoun series, I liked this as well as the first.
I liked Tapply's descriptive style. Now I find out he's gone and died?! Dammit.
Love the premise of this series. Almost makes me want to take up fly-fishing.
Sharon Hewitt
Great story, unexpected ending hard to put down
Barbara Schade
Enjoyable, but somewhat plodding.
Rehash of Bitch Creek.
waiting for another
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William G. Tapply (1940–2009) was an American author best known for writing legal thrillers. A lifelong New Englander, he graduated from Amherst and Harvard before going on to teach social studies at Lexington High School. He published his first novel, Death at Charity’s Point, in 1984. A story of death and betrayal among Boston Brahmins, it introduced crusading lawyer Brady Coyne, a fishing enthu ...more
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