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Bitch Creek (Stoney Calhoun #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  251 ratings  ·  30 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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Chana
Jun 22, 2009 Chana rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
Barbara
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.
Grey853
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
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LJ
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
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Candy
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
Mike
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
Coleen
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
Kathie
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.
Derk
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
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.
Vincent
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 J. Rose
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.
Jody
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.
Barbara
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.
Todd
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.
Joe O'c
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
Peter
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 Norman
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.
Missy
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.
Wendroz
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
Barb
loved the main character with an unknown past, easy to read, very much my favorite type of entertainment, will read more tapply
Amie
I loved this book ,great mystery and I really loved the conversations between the characters...
Sue Scully
Interesting premise, good characters, wraps up too quickly as many of Tapply's novels do.
Ryan
I just found this author. I really like him, he has a great writing style
Karen M
Great quick read! Good, smart mystery. Plan on reading the sequal today.
Annie Michelle
the title made me buy it and then the writing made me love it!
Peter Gibbs
A well written mystery story based around fly fishing
Alys
Dec 31, 2009 Alys is currently reading it
Reviews how much of what we really know is stored in the interface between the brain and the physical body. BITCH CREEK's marvelous fisherman and guide is gradually learning his past skills from what his body remembers how to do without conscious memory when he is threatened or ruminative.
Likes To
I like Tapply.
George
How I miss Maine!
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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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