Bearskin

Bearskin

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Hiding out from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed in Arizona, Rice More, while protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia, exposes a bear-poaching scheme that revelas his location to the criminals he was running from in the first place. 150,000 first printing.

HARPERCOLL

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 Disappeared

Rice 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.



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Hiding out from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed in Arizona, Rice Moore exposes a bear-poaching scheme in Virginian Appalachia that reveals his location to the criminals he was running from in the first place.

Publisher: New York : Ecco, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062742797
9780062742803
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCLAUGHLIN
Characteristics: pages ; cm
Alternative Title: Bear-skin

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Dub
Jul 15, 2018

An excellent first novel of two intertwining stories. Well written and well researched...an authentic page-turner. Highly recommended.

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sinister31
Jun 24, 2018

Gritty, intelligent, and original, don't miss this gem. Rick is trying to lay low after he betrayed a drug cartel who then murdered his girlfriend, and he takes a job as a caretaker at a Virginia Forest Preserve. He's tough, smart, a can do guy, whether it's handling hostile locals, or rehabbing his cabin. He's likable, but of course no saint, and danger soon follows. Someone on the Preserve is illegally butchering bears and Rick is on the case. This is a slight problem for me as Rick is worried about his life, why would he risk exposure by hunting down scumbag poachers? The author describes nature beautifully and though the locals seem to be stereotypical hillbillies who hate outsiders, it's probably close to the mark. Tribalism does explain our current President. It's easy to disappear in the scary and beautiful world of "Bearskin."

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