Pine Marten tells of two people dealing with a soul-shattering tragedy in the
Missouri wilderness of 1855. Woodcutter Salem Greene leaves his family alone for
two days, then returns to find his wife and nine-year-old daughter brutally
raped and murdered. His son is missing, presumed dead. Greene finds the
perpetrators, but the horrific way he exacts retribution makes him feel unfit to
live with others. He goes into exile and tries desperately to forget his past.
Unbeknownst to Greene, his twelveyear- old son Martin escaped and lives in a
cave two miles away. Naked but for a ragged bloody nightshirt, and defenseless
except for a butcher knife, Martin engages in a primal search for food by day.
At night, he hides, terrified by what lurks outside the cave. One trying to
escape the past; one searching for a future. Will their paths cross again?

Genre: Western

Praise for this book

"This is as finely written a western as is out there." - Craig Johnson


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Hardback Editions

March 2016 : USA Hardback
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Title: Pine Marten (Thorndike Press large print western)
Author(s): Wallace J Swenson
ISBN: 1-4104-8713-X / 978-1-4104-8713-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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November 2015 : USA Hardback
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Title: Pine Marten
Author(s): Wallace J Swenson
ISBN: 1-4328-3121-6 / 978-1-4328-3121-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Five Star Publishing
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