After five years of self-imposed exile on the rivers of America, trout bum Ned “Dog” Oglivie has burned his waders and hat, given away his rod, and turned his Cruise Master RV away from the famous Hemingway water in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, bound for reconciliation with his past. But some men never make it home.
Offbeat characters help salvage Galligan's muddled fourth fly fishing mystery featuring Ned "Dog" Ogilvie (after 2008's The Clinch Knot). Dog has been a mess since his nine-year-old son drowned in the bathtub six years earlier while Ogilvie and his now ex-wife were arguing about tulips. Dog plans, again, to join his ex-wife at his child's grave in Boston for the anniversary of the boy's death. But during his journey in his motor home from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Dog finds the body of Heimo Kock, a randy power broker with many enemies, strangled with a fly line in the vehicle's bunk area. Concerned that the police won't believe he's innocent and to avoid delays, Dog dumps the body, but is spotted doing so by a bookmobile librarian, who attempts to make a citizen's arrest. The ensuing picaresque developments may tickle some funny bones, but those who prefer tight plots will be less charmed.