A Novel

eBook - 2018
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"Bearskin is visceral, raw, and compelling—filled with sights, smells, and sounds truly observed. It's a powerful debut and an absolute showcase of exceptional prose. There are very few first novels when I feel compelled to circle brilliant passages, but James McLaughlin's writing had me doing just that." —C.J. Box, #1 NYT bestselling author of The DisappearedRice Moore is just beginning to think his troubles are behind him. He's found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins. It's hard work, and totally solitary—perfect to hide away from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. But when Rice finds the carcass of a bear killed on the grounds, the quiet solitude he's so desperately sought is suddenly at risk.More bears are killed on the preserve and Rice's obsession with catching the poachers escalates, leading to hostile altercations with the locals and attention from both the law and Rice's employers. Partnering with his predecessor, a scientist who hopes to continue her research on the preserve, Rice puts into motion a plan that could expose the poachers but risks revealing his own whereabouts to the dangerous people he was running from in the first place.James McLaughlin expertly brings the beauty and danger of Appalachia to life. The result is an elemental, slow burn of a novel—one that will haunt you long after you turn the final page.
Publisher: [S.l.] : HarperCollins, 2018
ISBN: 9780062742810
Branch Call Number: EBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Cloud Library


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Jun 24, 2019

Like liked this, especially as an audiobook.

May 15, 2019

A different kind of story that kept me interested from start to finish. (I only put it down twice.) The author does a fine job of describing the weird mental states that can occur when living in an isolated wilderness location. For example, the main character's first instinct when he sees someone coming to his remote abode is to hide, even though he is otherwise a brave unafraid person. This is spot on what people do in those circumstances, in my experience.

The story is an interesting mix of introspection and action, often violent action. Not a perfect book, but an enjoyable read, and a very promising debut for this author.

Apr 26, 2019

Underneath all the plots, this book is about a man who is passionate about science, and the kinds of science tech jobs that are necessary for good science fieldwork. This book has it all though, good story, great tension lines, and great writing. I hope the author continues with more stories like this. No matter what he does, I will be reading his next book. Without question, one of the better mysteries published last year, and a well deserved Edgar award for first novel.

DCLadults Jan 02, 2019

A New & Noteworthy Best of 2018 pick. A thriller featuring violence and Mexican cartels is not my usual fare. But this debut taking place in an Appalachian nature preserve really won me over. Absolutely compelling.

Nov 30, 2018

Interesting infor of why there is bear poaching. I got lost sometimes when the main character went off into dreamland. The ending could have been stretched out and cleared up a little better.

Nov 01, 2018

Thoughtful blend of effort to save a pristine piece of nature and the world of greed, poaching for profit along with the back story of the caretaker of the property gave for a compelling read

Oct 23, 2018

Appalachian crime fiction w/ ghost bears and magic mushrooms. Ended too soon w/ ending that was a little too neat for me. The author discontinued the flashbacks to Mexico and Arizona too soon. But an enjoyable (different) piece of crime fiction.

A creative take on the genre! It has some roller coaster moments and nearly falls apart a few times, but I'd recommend it overall for anyone who likes thrillers, crime dramas, survival and wilderness tales. At times I wondered if the author was himself a wildlife biologist or if the terminology and science-speak were thrown in to make the character seem more authentic. Either way it worked!

Sep 19, 2018

Really,really good. Keeps the story moving and interesting and exciting. I have read many books in this genre and this is up there with the best.

EKGO Aug 08, 2018

This is not quite what I'd expected.
It's a genre blend of drug cartel thriller, Appalachian grit-lit with some paranormal/folkloric realism, and redemption tale but it's not mixed so well as to create a single, seamless story; there are definite chunks of genre floating throughout. Choking hazards abound.
Chew carefully before swallowing for a filling, satisfying read.

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