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Biting the Moon [School & Library Binding]

Martha Grimes
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March 2000 0613340183 978-0613340182
She didn't know who she was or where she was from, she only knows that she is in a Santa Fe bed and breakfast alone. She is told by the owner that her father carried her in and she was asleep. She immediately knows the man is not her father, so she takes his money and gun and heads for safety.
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A teenage girl wakes up alone in a bed and breakfast in Santa Fe with no memory of who she is or how she got there. The innkeeper explains that the man who brought her there said he was her father. But the one thing she knows for sure is that he is not--and that she must flee before he returns. Taking his jacket, money, and gun, she hikes into the surrounding mountains; in an unlikely scenario that only a writer as talented as Grimes can make plausible, she survives the harsh winter and even flourishes, seeking solace in the company of coyotes she frees from their illegal traps. When she reemerges from the wilderness a few months later, seeking to unravel the mystery of who she is, she walks into the life of 14-year-old Mary Dark Hope, a lonely orphan who becomes her ally and companion. Together they track the stranger who abducted her, who holds the key to the secret of her identity--the man she knows only as "Daddy."

The thrilling odyssey that takes the two girls into the murky world of illegal dogfights, hunting, and wild-animal profiteers culminates in a dramatic confrontation, but it is the brilliantly realized characters rather than the plot that capture the reader's imagination and keep the pages turning. Another tour de force for Grimes, and a cause for celebration for her many fans. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Engaging adolescent Mary Dark Hope, who appeared in Rainbow's End, returns in this uneven thriller/animal-rights polemic. After Mary befriends Andi, a teenage amnesiac who releases trapped animals in New Mexico's Sandia Mountains, the two girls head after a mysterious man who Andi thinks may have kidnapped her and knows her identity. Conveniently, the orphaned Mary has a bank account, a car, her dead sister's driver's license and gullible caregivers. The girls easily encounter garrulous informants along the way, finding a friend and protector in Reuel, a salt-of-the-earth dropout who knows everyone in Salmon, Idaho, where they've tracked their quarry. Once Andi identifies Harry Wine, a river expedition outfitter, as her abductor, the book shifts into a series of predictable episodes that show unthinking people gruesomely mistreating animals and that reveal the arrogant Wine's vile nature. Mary and Andi rescue an abused dog, go white-water rafting, spy on a "canned hunt" for endangered animals. In a violent scene near the book's end, Andi confronts Wine, then disappears. Although Grimes writes movingly of the plight of maltreated animals and gracefully evokes the beauty of the American West, many scenes are too long and aimless. Most of the characters are stereotypes, their individual motivations hard to discern. Andi's disappearance is especially puzzlingAlike the Lone Ranger, she stirs up the populace and vanishes, leaving the cleanup to others. This is not a Richard Jury book, and fans will miss him. Rights, Peter Lampack Agency.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Another superior side of Martha Grimes July 7 2000
Martha Grimes is best known for her fantastic Jury/Melrose Plant (Plant, who is actually Lord Audry, but has given up his title) English mysteries. But in this book, she's broken off into a beautiful mystery about the south western and northwestern United States, with two fiesty young girls-incredible characters, taking risks. I recommend this book to all. It's a Grimes' success!
Joanna Campbell, Author and creator of the Thoroughbred Series, and author of the first 14 books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A Dubious Best Seller July 31 2003
I listened to the audio version of this book, which may have helped some; it was engaging enough, in spite of the frequent sordid plot twists around every corner - the canned hunt was especially disheartening - the only thing at the end that left me shaking my head was, what the heck happened to Andi ?? Mary Dark Hope waxed reflective on the Sandias, and how Andi's name was in them. Did Andi go back to the cabin in the woods ?? Was she a ghost, from the bus crash ?? I finished the book, feeling like I'd been left hanging.
If anyone picked up on the what happened at the end, could you please clue me in ? !
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1.0 out of 5 stars "Young Adult" at best March 22 2003
two teenage girls take on amnesia, sexual perversion, dog fighting, white water rafting and canned hunts coming out on top every time in a story that defines the unbelievable; and while it's nice to see Mary Dark Hope again (she was the only interesting character in "Rainbows End") nothing else about the book is at all interesting if your IQ exceeds double digits and you are above the age of fifteen
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1.0 out of 5 stars Never again May 11 2001
This is the first (and last) Martha Grimes book I've picked up. It is perfectly dreadful. I couldn't finish it. Thank goodness I had borrowed it from the library. I checked the reviews here before I started reading and thought that it couldn't be as bad as some readers said. It is! Don't waste your time or money on it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars What was Martha Thinking March 21 2001
By "ls131"
I wish I had read the reviews of this book before I bought it. It is a very dark and disturbing story full of twisted characters and plot line. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars This One Really Does Bite Feb. 20 2001
By KJsJoys
I wish I'd read all these reviews before I spent $12 on this novel--silly me, I actually believed the glowing reviews on the cover from the New York Times, Chicago Sun-Times and the LA Times. Did any of those reviewers actually read the thing? "Biting the Moon" is jam-packed with unbelievable characters, improbable plot twists and ridiculous dialog. If you liked "The Painted Bird" by Jerzy Kosinski, where a child travels alone through Europe witnessing incredible acts of cruelty, you might like this. The cruel acts here are the subplots of domestic violence, child pornography, game hunting, wildlife trapping, and illegal dogfighting--any of which could have stood alone, but to jam them all into a 300 page novella is just downright bizarre. I wish Amazon offered a "zero" star option. I'd have used it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars A phoned-in performance Jan. 20 2001
It is said when talented actors give a bad performance that they have "phoned it in." Martha Grimes phoned this book in, and on a bad line. It is a story cobbled from all too many disparate fragments - part polemic, part on-the-road, part growing-up and most likely part boiling up a manuscript to fulfill a contract. Only rarely does the author's admirable ability to turn an apt phrase, make an astute observation, sketch a memorable character make itself evident. Usually I pass my "used" mysteries on to a friend but I am embarrassed to do that with this one. (I can only hope that Martha Grimes is equally embarrassed at having let this one escape to an admiring public. Come to think of it the publication of BITING THE MOON can be construed as a cynical act: Martha Grimes is too honest not to have recognized that this runt wouldn't hunt.) Having said all that, I will not give up on Martha Grimes. However, I will thoroughly vet her next offerings (even the latest Richard Jury books have limped a little) and borrow rather than buy until I have pro-rated my loss on this one.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Biting the Moon Jan. 1 2001
By A Customer
If I could have, I would have rated this book negative five stars. Martha Grimes and her editor should hang their heads in shame. This book was obviously not researched at all. Clearly the author has never visited many of the sites described in the book - and just as clearly didn't even bother to get postcards from them. I've heard this criticism of her earlier books set in England; now she's writing about areas I'm personally familiar with and it's truly disconcerting. I couldn't finish the book.
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