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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 In this country colour is no bar to a keen man s progress providing that he has twice the ability of his rivals I have devoted my gifts to the detection of crime, believing that when justice is sure the community is less troubled by the criminal That I stand midway between the black man, who makes fire with a stick, and the white man, who kills women and babes with bombs and machine guns, should not be accounted against me I have been satisfied with the employment of my mental and inherited gifts Others, of course, have employed their gifts in amassing money, inventing bombs and guns and gases, even in picking winners on a racecourse Money, and the ownership of a huge leasehold property, does not make a man superior to another who happens to have been born a half caste, and who has devoted his life to the detection of crime so that normal people should be safe from the abnormal and the subnormal individual 51. 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 I have read all the Bony books before, but in this mystery the natural features of the Australian Outback are vivid and gritty The migration of the rabbits world gone mad and the Aboriginal pointing of the bone make this like a lesson in natural history and anthropology Done with the ever charming detective Napoleon Bonaparte, who s ancestry is part European and part Aborigine Fascinating Was there a TV series made based on these books Arthur W.Upfield is the Tony Hillerman of Australia I love all the books Some are out of print but well worth finding through interlibrary loan. Just re read this after some years and thoroughly enjoyed it Whether or not one believes in the magic of the aboriginal people, this story rattles along really well. If you haven t discovered Arthur Upfield well, you ll love his setting It s Australia in the 30 s with a half aborigine detective named Napoleon Bonaparte The best of this series is THE BONE IS POINTED. In this tale Bony appears as a Queensland C.I.B detective on leave, turning up at an outback station where a rouseabout has gone missing during a storm His horse turns up at the station the morning after the storm riderless and there is no trace of Jack Anderson No black trackers are available because the whole local tribe has gone to visit a female elder thought to be dying By the time a tracker can be found heavy rains have obliterated Anderson s tracks.During the story Bony becomes ill with the Barcoo sickness but station owner is convinced that the bones has been pointed at him At first Bony is determined that he will not succumb but he becomes weaker and weaker despite the attempts of the local policeman to help him.Bony is also proud of his reputation that no case that he has tackled has ever gone unsolved, but that is because he stays on the case until the very end, despite telegrams from his superiors that he must return to the city immediately.What impressed me was the detailed observations of Aboriginal culture and customs that the author must have recorded He also presents both sides of the argument with regard to preserving aboriginal heritage One station family in particular recognise the damage that contact with white people has done to the aborigines, but at the same time are a bit patronising in the way they deal with the aborigines on their station The character who has disappeared has mistreated aboriginal stockmen, whipping one almost to death, and so is very unpopular No one can work out why Old Lacey the station owner has kept him on.There isthan one mystery in this book, and it is good reading, despite the warning from the publisher that Arthur Upfield reflects attitudes of his time, not necessarily views we would share today. I have a nostalgic remembrance of the TV series part of my childhood with a spray tanned English actor in the lead role sighs I saw him recently on something I think it was Father Brown Saw this at the library and thought I d give it a go I am surprised that it dates from 1938 and this is clearly a print on demand copy the page numbers are on the wrong side.The Gordons protect the local tribe and keep missionaries away well done, people but it earns them few favours with their white neighbours one of whom continues to employ a man who is violent towards the local people His rage comes from thwarted ambition denied a promotion and turned down by the daughter of the house jeez why would you marry a guy who has raped and beaten people But his employer Lacy wants answers, and months after angry guy disappears, he pushes the police to send an investigator Given months have passed, there is only one choice.Bony is a half caste as he refers to it but he is uniquely conflicted about this He relies on his tracking skills, his understanding of the bush and his ethnicity to wait patiently etc but it is a two edged sword, because when the locals fear him and how close he is to solving the crime, they point the bone at him A uniquely aboriginal punishment And their magic starts to affect Bony, even though he knows it is just that, magic He believes in it But this is not a man who will run away or give up especially not now they have raised the stakes to deathly levels.Man I guess it s a solid 3 stars There s a lot here to cringe at but it is also a product of its time. 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 anyof 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.