Bearskin

Bearskin

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.

Title:Bearskin
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780062742810
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    Bearskin Reviews

  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”The giant trees were like dormant gods, vibrating with something he couldn’t name, not quite sentience, each one different from the others, each telling its own centuries-long story. On the fores...

  • Tammy

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the pe...

  • karen

    NOW AVAILABLE!!!this is a fine, meaty debut. it’s grit lit literary enough to drop words like “extispicy,” but gritty enough to include an anecdote* that made me, long leatherskinned against boo...

  • Tammy

    This is a literary humdinger of a thriller. Set in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia, Rice Moore is a man with a dangerous past. As the caretaker of a nature preserve he seems to have found the pe...

  • Suzanne

    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 bet...

  • Pat

    A debut book. The storyline contained a great idea for a book. Rice worked for one of the Mexican cartels, turned on the cartel and staged his own disappearance to a remote game preserve to save himse...

  • Erica

    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...

  • Diane S ?

    DNF at 35% Writing is good just having trouble connecting. ...

  • B.A. Brock

    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 ...

  • Michael

    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 Vir...