Jack Anderson Was A Big Man With A Foul Temper, A Sadist And A Drunk Five Months After His Horse Appeared Riderless, No Trace Of The Man Has Surfaced And No One Seems To Care But Bony Is Determined To Follow The Cold Trail And Smoke Out Some Answers 6 in the Bony series but really it feels like Upfield exposes the essence of Bonepart s character in this work The investigation involves class, racial and economic conflicts and Bony tells of his weird existence, each foot in another word Spiritualism, witchcraft and beauty A must read of all of Upfield s works Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte is a half caste His mother is an aborigine and his father is white Given the choice to live a life as an aborigine or a white person He chooses the latter He is proud of the fact he has solved all of his cases To Napoleon Bonaparte, who is called Bony, this represents the intellect of the aborigine and dispels the myth that aborigines are inferior to whites Jeffery Anderson has disappeared and the case is five months old Bony is sent by his superiors to solve the disappearance The place is Karwir in the outback of Australia and little evidence is left to be retrieved With all the rituals and beliefs of the Kalchut, tribe of aborigines, who take Bony closer to his heritage than mere words, the case evolves into a suspense of whose secret will be revealed first A good read.Quotes I must work against time as well as against the insidious mental poison now beginning to be administered That s strange, dear The Inspector has been frightfully ill with Barcoo sickness Sergeant Blake says he s so ill that he can hardly walk at all Are you sure you don t know anything about it The Bone Is Pointed is the sixth novel in Arthur W Upfield s detective series featuring Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte It is the second of the these novels which I have read In this outing Bony is called to the bush country where a man went missing five months ago Few people really care what happened to Jack Anderson He was a cruel man with a nasty tempera man who wasn t afraid to use his whip on those who crossed him Have the bush men exacted revenge for his beating of one of their own Has his rival in love disposed of him Or has something else happened to him Bony must follow the clues along a trail long gone cold but he is half aboriginal himself and knows the ways of the back country And.he has never left a case unsolved yet But it looks like he might have to As his sharp eyes pick out small signs along the missing man s last known trail, there are those who are worried And they re not afraid to use bush country magic to curse this outsider who seems to have magic of his own when it comes to unearthing secrets they would prefer to stay buried Can Bony fight the boning magic that most back country men believe can kill He ll have to if he s to get to the bottom of the disappearance of Anderson.This is a solid mystery novel Upfield s writing is, as it was in his other novel An Author Bites the Dust , full of intelligent prose and fine detail He gives us plenty of information about the beliefs and practices of the Australian aboriginents of the early 20th C The descriptions of the bush country and the rabbit migration in particular are quite spectacular Unfortunately, the mystery itself and Bony s investigation were not quite as compelling in this one I found myself a bit exasperated with the inspector s feeling of inferiority which drives him to his perfect record He can t leave the case unsolved no matter how cold the trail, how few the clues, or how sick the boning makes him Not because he wants to see justice done, but because his pride won t stand it The theme gets a little old after a while, and I m glad that it did not make such an emphatic appearance in Author.or I might not be willing to try any of the series.I did appreciate Bony s very humane way of wrapping up the case and I enjoyed the story overall A solid three star mystery.This was first posted on my blog My Reader s Block Please request permission before reposting Thanks. Not my favourite Boney story, particularly because of the rank paternalism Gordon and his mom are protecting their personal tribe of Aborigines from detribalisation ie the noxious effects of civilisation, symbolised by Christianity, medical care and clothing and yet no mention of the real menace, alcohol yet they constantly speak of the Kalchut people as their people, as if they were personal property The Gordons provide a money making opportunity for the tribe, mostly via trapping dingoes and rabbits to cure and sell the skins but then the Gordons take all the money and put it in a bank account which only the white protectors control, doling out the money in dribs and drabs so that the men can buy tobacco and a few blankets and garments No mention of the Aboriginal women getting so much as a look in for a string of beads. And Boney applauds this controlling ownership repeatedly I wonder how a real half caste would have felt about itGordon gives away his slave owner mentality when he says to the Aborigine raised in his home, who was instrumental in Gordon s being initiated as a full member of the tribe he protects Don t you ever again persuade the Kalchut to act without my ordersYes suh, mistah Johnny Boss, suh.Then there s the whole deal of Boney arguing with himself over the boning ie cursing supposedly his white half is dominant and smart enough to keep him alive, but only just If things hadn t gone the way they did in the novel, it s obvious to the reader he would have died From what I read online, Upfield invented the whole mental telepathy thing, as this is the only reference to long distance killing by thought transference found re Aboriginal magic Many motifs are repeated from previous books, from the feathered feet in order to eliminate one s tracks to Boney dealing with a months old cold case Far too much description of nature, buildings etc in order to pad out the text And then there s the rabbit migration thing, which reminded me of the faked, as it happens lemming migration idea put forward by Wonderful World of Disney back in the sixties I couldn t find out if this massive migration actually ever happened in Australia or not Upfield says rabbits seldom attack each other , and in the very next sentence he describes the bucks sporting scars of old wounds gotten in frequent combat Which is it Upfield doesn t know I happen to know that rabbits in the wild do indeed fight and sometimes kill each other There s usually some gripping force of nature scene at the end of the Boney novels, from fire to flood to storm, but this time the bunnies on the move is all Upfield had to offer Two and a quarter stars.
Aka Arthur UpfieldArthur William Upfield 1 September 1890 13 February 1964 was an Australian writer, best known for his works of detective fiction featuring Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte Bony of the Queensland Police Force, a half caste Aborigine.Born in England, Upfield moved to Australia in 1910 and fought with the Australian military during the First World War Following his wa
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