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Bitch Creek (Stoney Calhoun #1)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  286 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
The first in a brand-new mystery series by the author of the Brady Coyne series.
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2005 by Lyons Press (first published September 1st 2004)
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Jun 22, 2009 Chana rated it liked it
Recommended to Chana by: book crossing
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Bit of a male fantasy isn't it? Stoney's girlfriend is 41 but looks 25. She is married but has her sick husband's permission to sleep with Stoney. Stoney can't remember his past but it turns out that he is evidently a trained investigator, with a photographic memory, an artist's hand and he can successfully win a violent fight with someone a lot bigger than he is. And let's not forget that he has no money worries even if he can't remember why. There is a weird guy in a grey suit who keeps showin ...more
Jan 28, 2009 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is a new character for Tapply, although I have enjoyed "knowing" his usual star, Brady Coyne. He is a totally different type who has numerous emotional demons to fight, but I found him engaging. The book was a compelling mystery with vivid descriptions of the scenery.
Apr 19, 2008 Grey853 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I was really impressed with this book. I like William Tapply's Brady Coyne series, but to be honest, I'm not much into books framed around lawyers, even the good guys like Brady.

BITCH CREEK is the first in a series with Stoney Calhoun, a guy with no memory of his life before five years ago. He's made a new life for himself in Maine as a fishing guide after being released from a hospital where he spent nearly 18 months recovering from being struck by lightning. At least, that's what he was told
BITCH CREEK (Amateur Sleuth-Maine-Cont) – G
Tapply, William G. – 1st in series
The Lyons Press, 2004-Hardcover
Stoney Calhoun was struck by lightening and doesn't really remember his past. But he has created a life for himself in Maine, working in a fishing shop, taking turns with his new friend and fellow worker, Lyle, guiding fisherman, and having a relationship with the shop's owner. When Lyle takes out a tourist and doesn't come back, Stoney's guilt drives him to find Lyle's body and his killer
Aug 16, 2015 Ed rated it really liked it
#1 in the Stoney Calhoun series.

Stoney Calhoun, ME fishing guide, seeks to avenge the death of fellow guide Lyle McMahan. Stoney has no memory before spending 18 months in a VA hospital after being hit by lightning; he gradually discovers talents for fishing, home building, and law enforcement skills. He has an affair with his employer, Kate, with the approval of her dying husband.
Jeanne Martin
Ambiance bien installée, personnages intéressants, charme du décor (espaces naturels du Maine).

L'histoire est tirée par les cheveux, avec même quelques invraisemblances. Il faut toujours qu'il y ait des nazis à traîner dans un coin...

Quelques clichés de genre, mais peu irritants. (Untel n'avait pas la prétention de comprendre les femmes / le surhomme qui sait vachement bien se battre...)
Aug 26, 2012 Mike rated it really liked it
Bitch Creek introduces a new character for author William G. Tappley of the Brady Coyne series. Stoney Calhoun is a man without a past due to getting struck by lightning. This first book sees Stoney choosing to settle in Maine where he works as a fly fishing guide and shop keeper. His fellow guide is murdered, and since Stoney set him up with the client instead of taking the client himself. he feels responsible and sets out to find the killer or killers. Tappley is an experienced writer of this ...more
Oct 10, 2007 Coleen rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Stoney Calhoun has been living in Dublin, Maine for 5 years after being struck by lightning and having his memory zapped. He is working in a small bait store tying flies and as a fishing guide. Stoney's co worker and best friend Lyle does not return from a guide trip and Stoney involves himself in the search for his friend. Stoney feels that law enforcement is some how connected to his past but he cannot recall. Stoney's only connection to his past life is the "man in the suit" who randomly visi ...more
Cathi Cantrell
Aug 31, 2015 Cathi Cantrell rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Great characters, introspection, suspenseful story-line! Page turner extraordinaire!
Anne Egbert
Nov 04, 2015 Anne Egbert rated it liked it
Especially interesting as I had just visited the Portland, Sebago Lake area. I will definitely read the next two in this series.
May 18, 2014 Kathie rated it it was ok
This book started out so good and grabbed my attention right away. I had read good reviews of this author. The ending however was very disappointing.
Alfred New
Dec 02, 2015 Alfred New rated it it was amazing
Shelves: william_tapply
I like this series with Stoney Calhoun better than the series with Brady Coyne. Even though the premise is more unbelievable, somehow it actually seems more believable to see Stoney Calhoun investigating murders then Brady.
The one thing that I am NOT happy about with the author, William Tapley, is that he has a propensity to kill off girlfriends and other people close to his protagonist: I really hate that
Feb 20, 2013 Derk rated it really liked it
I first read the third (and final) book in this new Tapply series. While I did not like the plot, I ws intrigued with the character of Stoney, so I looked up this first book in the series to learn more about him. I found this book, Bitch Creek, much more enjoyable that the other ( I forget the exact name, was it Black Tiger?). The plot was more reasonable, or at least made some sense in its own terms,
Kimberly Ylitalo
Jun 07, 2013 Kimberly Ylitalo rated it liked it
This was my first William G. Tapply book experience. I think I expected a bit more but was not disappointed on the whole. Have two more Stoney Calhoun books on the shelf...and look forward to cracking the spine on the next one. Enjoyed all the fly fishing references and the setting in Maine. I'm thinking that more will be revealed about the mysterious Stoney Calhoun in the next book.
Aug 22, 2014 Vincent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A bit like Robert B Parker had Spenser and Virgil Cole/Everett Hitch, Tapply had Bradley Coyne and Stoney Calhoun. In both cases, the latter is the country cousin, in a good way. Close to nature and Thoreau like values. Bitch creek is a very enjoyable read and I look forward to the very few other stories Tapply dedicated to him.
Carolyn Rose
Oct 01, 2013 Carolyn Rose rated it liked it
Great sense of place (Maine) and terrific description to put me in the scenes. Interesting premise - the character struck by lightning with holes in his memory and a feeling there are things perhaps he doesn't want to know. But I wasn't able to feel as close to the characters as I like to.
May 06, 2013 Jody rated it liked it
My husband recommended this book... Not because he read it, but because he is an outdoorsman and read about the author somewhere. I think he was hoping I'd get interested in fishing! I enjoyed the book, but really have no new interests in hunting, fishing or other outdoorsy things.
Jun 25, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
Loved this 1st Stoney Calhoun mystery. It really is a good mystery--and since I read these out of order, I leaned a little about Stoney's past. Will look for the 3rd in the series but then not sure if that is the end or not since I see Mr Tapply died a few years back.
Nov 23, 2009 Todd rated it really liked it
Bitch Creek isn't just another entry in the mystery genre - it's literature. Tapply's prose is imbued such a strong sense of place that it actually transports you to forests and streams of Maine. The characters tell the story and are not just simply a part of it.
Sep 12, 2015 Candy rated it liked it
Shelves: outdoor-mystery
Seems like the bourne Identity.....the whole not knowing who you were....little far fetched with the relationship with the married women he works with but the guy in the grey suit keeps it interesting. Will definitely read another in the series
Joe O'c
Aug 16, 2009 Joe O'c rated it really liked it
Excellent; Continuing character: Stoney Calhoun (first in series); man who remembers nothing of his past prior to being struck by lightning 5 years ago, gets involved after his friend is killed in rural Maine
Sep 18, 2013 Peter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is so sad that that this talented author has past away ! He was working on on his fourth "Stoney" story when he died of an heart attack. Truly enjoyed this mans style of writing !
Chris N
I love Stoney Calhoun, but not nuts about fishing. This was a pretty good book, though. Kept me interested and wanting to turn to the next page, chapter all the ay through.
Dec 13, 2007 Missy rated it really liked it
This book had some really suprising twists and turns. I actually read this book in one day, because it was THAT good! I'm looking forward to finding more books by this author.
May 26, 2008 Wendroz rated it really liked it
I love the Brady Coyne series and was delighted to find he started another character. This was a very interesting mystery/action book. Complicated and brilliant
Jul 04, 2015 Paula rated it really liked it
I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
Jul 10, 2011 Barb rated it really liked it
loved the main character with an unknown past, easy to read, very much my favorite type of entertainment, will read more tapply
Nov 17, 2011 Amie rated it really liked it
I loved this book ,great mystery and I really loved the conversations between the characters...
Sue Scully
Jul 09, 2008 Sue Scully rated it liked it
Interesting premise, good characters, wraps up too quickly as many of Tapply's novels do.
Feb 19, 2008 Ryan rated it really liked it
I just found this author. I really like him, he has a great writing style
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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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