If only. Marlene immediately comes up with an assignment for John. Go to the Cascade Mountains in Washington state and see if someone has set up an illegal marijuana growing operation on land belonging to a young high-tech billionaire named Frederic Strait.
Of course, Marlene’s playing an angle. She’s seduced Strait so he’ll bankroll her ultimate political goal, the Oval Office. Marlene also intrigues John by telling him that Strait is a Native American who was adopted outside his tribe — just like John — and now calls himself Freddie Strait Arrow.
Before John can even get the investigation off the ground, his fiancée, Rebecca Bramley, arrives with the news she might lose her job with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Further complications include the presence of a Mexican Marine, a drug cartel boss with CIA connections, four Canadian mercenaries, Coyote herself and a grizzly bear that seems determined to eat someone.
While Smoke Signals is only 189 pages, it reads like a complete novel. I know I was initially afraid it wouldn't be the great story I'm used to reading by Mr. Flynn but I needn't have worried.
There are plot lines for most of the characters and that keeps the story moving swiftly forward. In addition to the characters, the humor Mr. Flynn weaves into the story makes the time just fly by.
As wily as Marlene Flower Moon is, it seems John is always one step ahead. He'd have to be wouldn't he, when dealing with "coyote". Watching (reading) John and Marlene try to out manuver one another is another high point of the John Tall Wolf series. They are almost frenemies but Marlene has always wanted John in her bed. He's the one that got away from her clutches!
Smoke Signals is a book you won't want to put down. I was able to "borrow" it on Amazon using my Kindle Unlimited account but for the $3.99 price tag, it's more than worth the money.
As always when reading a series, please start at the beginning with Tall Man in Ray-Bans. Another thing I do like is Mr. Flynn has three series (Jim McGill series, Ron Ketchum mystery series, and this one) he is presently writing and some of the characters overlap; so if you're waiting for a book in one of the other series to publish, you can get a fix while reading another one.