Rice Moore is just beginning to think his troubles are behind him. Hes found a job protecting a remote forest preserve in Virginian Appalachia where his main responsibilities include tracking wildlife and refurbishing cabins.Its hard work, and totally solitaryperfect 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 hes so desperately sought is suddenly at risk.More bears are killed on the preserve and Rices obsession with catching the poachers escalates, leading to hostile altercations with the locals and attention from both the law and Rices 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 novelone that will haunt you long after you turn the final page....
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This was an awesome read. I live in Virginia so I had the added bonus that a good part of the book takes place there. I have had an odd fascination with bears. I actually self research interaction between bears and humans in my spare time because they fascinate me (I’m a research psychologist so I like to do research even in my spare time). So the bear aspect of the book was sad to read about (the hunting dogs also) but the different plots going on in Rice’s life really make this book. It was an ...more
This was a lot more fun than I thought it would be - I picked it up just because it was available and I hadn’t reached my card limit at the library. It’s a debut which makes it even more impressive. It’s not easy to juggle the cartel, bear poachers, hostile neighbors, old growth forest that is decidedly creepy, feds running a sting operation, sleep deprived hallucinations that might be aided by suspect mushrooms handed by a mushroom picker who may or may not be a figment of said hallucinations, ...more
This is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written.
Oof. That was a good book. I would have skipped my day job for that one, if I wasn’t so poor.
A mix between Thoreau and Nevada Barr, ‘Bearskin’ was equally surreal and stone-cold present in the moment. In fact, I’m still not sure if our protagonist has a few screws loose or not. I’m thinking so.
Rice was relatable, despite his toxic masculinity and stupidity (see toxic masculinity for source of said stupidity). I liked that he was half shaman and scientist, a source of his irreconcilable self. I ...more
The world around me disappeared as I read this book. I read roughly the first 20% on a Friday night and finished it in Saturday, primarily on my back patio on a beautiful summer day. Normally when I'm sitting out there, birds and squirrels won't come anywhere near me and yet I would occasionally look up, somewhat disoriented, and see them very close (at which point they'd run/fly away). I think they could tell I was far away (in a forest in western Virginia). So needless to say, Bearskin really ...more
DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting.
Reminds me of CJ Box and Joseph Heywood books and Nick Petrie's Burning Bright. The border crossing chapters remind me of Tricia Field's Josie Grey series. Not an edge of your seat thriller. If you want a backwoods thriller, read The Marsh King's Daughter by Dionne.
Looking forward to the next book!
My review for this book was published in the Feb. 15, 2018, edition of Library Journal:
On the lam from a drug cartel after they killed his girlfriend, biologist Rice Moore has gone off the grid in Virginia, finding work as a caretaker at the secluded Turk Mountain Preserve. The forest is off-limits to hunters, and Moore's primary job is to monitor the vast acreage for disturbances. It's lonely and exhausting work but exactly what Moore needs, until he discovers a bear carcass left behind by poac ...more