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Bearskin

(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, number one NYT best-selling 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 hear the final words.

Genre: Mystery

Praise for this book

"An intricately written thriller." - Ace Atkins

"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

"At once brutal and beautiful, Bearskin is a tense, haunting thriller brought to life by McLaughlin’s deft and vivid rendering of the rugged mountain landscape and the beasts that dwell within. A powerful debut." - Laura McHugh

"Bearskin—a gripping tale written in spare, beautiful prose—tells the tale of Rice Moore, a reluctant hero, competent, resilient, and utterly engaging. McLaughlin is a gifted storyteller, and Bearskin is a remarkable debut." - Scott Smith


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Used availability for James A McLaughlin's Bearskin

Hardback Editions

June 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Bearskin: A Novel
Author(s): James A McLaughlin
ISBN: 0-06-274279-5 / 978-0-06-274279-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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Paperback Editions

April 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bearskin: A Novel
Author(s): James A McLaughlin
ISBN: 0-06-274280-9 / 978-0-06-274280-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bearskin: A Novel
Author(s): James A McLaughlin
ISBN: 0-06-286439-4 / 978-0-06-286439-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: HarperLuxe
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June 2018 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bearskin: A Novel
Author(s): James A McLaughlin
ISBN: 0-06-285378-3 / 978-0-06-285378-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ecco
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Audio Editions

June 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Bearskin
Author(s): James A McLaughlin
ISBN: 1-5385-5000-8 / 978-1-5385-5000-7
Publisher: Blackstone Pub
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June 2018 : Audio CD
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Title: Bearskin: A Novel
Author(s): James A McLaughlin
ISBN: 1-5385-5001-6 / 978-1-5385-5001-4
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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June 2018 : MP3 CD
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Title: Bearskin: A Novel
Author(s): James A McLaughlin
ISBN: 1-5385-5002-4 / 978-1-5385-5002-1
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers and Blackstone Audio
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June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Bearskin: A Novel
Author(s): James A McLaughlin
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Bearskin: A Novel
Author(s): James A McLaughlin
Publisher: HarperAudio
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June 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Bearskin: A Novel
Author(s): James A McLaughlin
Publisher: HarperAudio
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Kindle Editions

June 2018 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bearskin: A Novel
Author(s): James A McLaughlin
Publisher: Ecco
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU