Monday, June 17, 2013

Teaser Tuesday 177: The Nail Knot

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

* Grab your current book or recent read.
* Share a few "teaser" sentences from somewhere in the book.
* BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away. You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
* Share the title and author so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser!


Started The Nail Knot by John Galligan, a mystery by a local writer, late Saturday night. I've had this one in Mount TBR several years now, and pulled it out this weekend for a couple reading challenges at Goodreads. To be honest, I've found it a bit difficult getting into the voice of the narrator. Here's a teaser from early on in the book.


I was pushing through a stand of black willow shoots at the water’s edge when I heard what I figured first was a muskrat splashing around its den. In the dark, of course, there is always a separation between what the mind thinks and the body feels, and the sound froze me for a moment, while my pulse galloped.





ABOUT THE BOOK:

Driven by tragedy, the Dog is on a quest to fish himself into oblivion—and he's nearly made it. Lumbering across America in a wounded RV, with only the promise of the next trout stream to sustain him, the Dog rolls into Black Earth, Wisconsin. And somehow, his supply of bad cigars and vodka-Tang seem insufficient when faced with a dead body, a sweaty woman, and a mysterious figure that walks on water.



21 comments:

Alice Audrey said...

I love the blurb, though I have a hard time imagining murder in Black Earth. And I don't know about you, but I've never been to keen on running across a muskrat.

Paulita said...

The description sounds good. Here's Mine

Heather said...

Alice: Definitely not keen on meeting a muskrat, especially in the dark. And hey--murder can happen anywhere. They still have an unsolved cold case in the nearby Town of Dane from 1998.

Heather said...

Hi Paulita ~ Thank you!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Definitely captivating...thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

Book Blather said...

Sounds intriguing. Local authors are great to read, but local author fiction is always a bit of a gamble. Hope you have a great week!

Heather said...

Laurel-Rain: Thanks, happy to captivate. ☺

Heather said...

Book Blather: I like supporting local authors when I can, but you're right--it can be a bit of a gamble. Some are far too "lit fic" or "out there" for me, but I have found a couple I like.

Alice Audrey said...

Wasn't there a case of a 50 year old skeleton found in a chimney in Madison, too?

Catherine @ Book Club Librarian said...

Sounds like an interesting read...kudos for supporting a local author!

Here's my Tuesday post: http://www.bookclublibrarian.com/2013/06/first-chapter-first-paragraph-18-and.html

Heather said...

Alice: Yes, there was a body found in a music store chimney in 1989. That one has never been solved, either, and George Hesselberg wrote an update on it in April.

Recently, the Town of Madison reopened a cold case from 1986, hoping to solve it before the town is completely annexed into Madison and Fitchburg in 2022, the murder of a student while working at an Open Pantry.

Heather said...

Hi Catherine! This one started out a bit slow, but has gotten more interesting. I am nearly 3/4 done!

Kathy Martin said...

The blurb sounds good and the teaser got my pulse pounding. Thanks for visiting my blog. Happy reading!

Yvonne said...

I haven't heard about this one before but it really sounds good.

Heather said...

Kathy M: Thank you, I just finished and have to say--I ended up liking this one more than I thought I would.

Yvonne said...

I haven't heard about this one before but it really sounds good.

Heather said...

Hi Yvonne! I'm not surprised you haven't heard of the book or author before. I probably wouldn't have heard of Galligan if he weren't a local author, lol. Thanks for visiting!

Beth Starr said...

Great description! Here is my teaser for this week.

Jenny Q said...

Now that's a teaser! Hope the book is getting better for you. Thanks for visiting mine yesterday :)

Heather said...

Thanks, Beth! Will be sure to check yours out. :)

Heather said...

Hi Jenny! The book did get better. I finished it last night, and ended up liking it more than I thought I would.