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 is a terrific debut thriller set in Virginia Appalachia. Rugged, ecological and well-written.
DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting.
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
Mini review: This book is fucking outstanding! Full review coming to Ink Heist soon.
Rice takes his job seriously. He’s taken the assignment of being the caretaker of the Turk Mountain Preserve for the isolation and the security that he hopes he will find up in the mountain ranges. He’s content doing physical labor and making his rounds, until a mushroom hunter finds his way onto the property. This hunter shows Rice the remains of the bear. Killed illegally on the protected property, Rice sets off on a mission to find the individual(s) responsible for this criminal act. ...more
Bearskin beautifully and viscerally describes the wildlife, the forests, the weather, and the rural residents of the Virginia mountains in which the story is set. The prose is far, far better than what one would expect in a crime thriller.
The story itself, though, is just another crime thriller. When I finished reading Bearskin and marveling at the gorgeous writing, I asked myself, "Is there anything in this story that stands out? In a year's time, will I be able to recall anything beyond a vagu ...more