The FBI is called on to determine how the outlaw avoided arrest for twenty-five years and who put him in the lake wearing chains. The BIA — Bureau of Indian Affairs — gets the very same job. Special Agent John Tall Wolf is put on the case because one of the dead cops was a Native American who worked at the Mercy Ridge Reservation.
The FBI wants John to “coordinate all your efforts” through SAC Gilbert Melvin. John is having none of that, saying, “I’ll conduct my investigation as I see fit.” He doesn’t even get along with his own boss, Marlene Flower Moon, head of the BIA’s Office of Justice Services.
While interviewing John for his job, Marlene was amused by his assertiveness, and asked him, “What do you want, a license to take scalps?” John said, “Yeah, that’d be good.”
What I liked: I've not been reading Joseph Flynn books very long but they sure are keeping me entertained and pretty much engrossed. I started with the Jim McGill series and have since read more and more. He has several series along with some standalone titles.
Tall Man in Ray-Ban's is the opening book starring Special Agent (Bureau of Indian Affairs) John Tall Wolf. I enjoyed the way Mr. Flynn gave the back story on John and everything he had been through up to that point. I also liked the fact that John is not a push over. He gives his boss more grief than you think she could handle without firing him.
Anytime there is the least hint of an Indian being involved in a crime, an agent from BIA becomes involved. John is not adverse to working with other agencies but, he does like to do things his way. In Tall Man in Ray Ban's, John is involved when a dead body is found in a lake. (When the body was dumped, the lake was a lot fuller). It seems the body might be that of criminal, Randy Bear Heart, or is it? That's the premise of the whole book. Trying to decide who killed who and when.
Again, this is a case where I enjoyed the characters as much as the plot line. It's a bit more laid back than some suspense books but still kept me glued to my
What I didn't like: Nothing really. It's a good, solid read and creative.
If you're looking for a solid suspense, you should check out Tall Man in Ray-Ban's or another of Mr. Flynn's series. They are easy reads and the suspense/mystery is well thought out.