Black River

Black River

eBook - 2015
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A tense Western and an assured debut, Black RiverWhen Wes Carver returns to Black River, he carries two things in the cab of his truck: his wife's ashes and a letter from the prison parole board. The convict who held him hostage during a riot, twenty years ago, is being considered for release.Wes has been away from Black River ever since the riot. He grew up in this small Montana town, encircled by mountains, and, like his father before him and most of the men there, he made his living as a Corrections Officer. A talented, natural fiddler, he found solace and joy in his music. But during that riot Bobby Williams changed everything for Wes -- undermining his faith and taking away his ability to play.How can a man who once embodied evil ever come to good? How can he pay for such crimes with anything but his life? As Wes considers his own choices and grieves for all he's lost, he must decide what he believes and whether he can let Williams walk away.With spare prose and stunning detail, S. M. Hulse drops us deep into the heart and darkness of an American town.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
ISBN: 9780544309296
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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Nov 23, 2016

This was an interesting read. The depth of the descriptions and the insight into the various characters personalities were well done. It was amazing to see how the main character came to grips with the various losses in his life. Very thought provoking.

Feb 21, 2016

I can’t say it better than Amazon does in its January 2015 book of the month review. How a person is shaped by the culture and landscape of his life shows so strongly in this book, as a former Montana prison guard struggles to understand his step-son and struggles with his faith as he confronts a “born-again” Christian prisoner who tortured him at the prisoner’s parole hearing.

Nov 01, 2015

Impressed with this debut novel by such a young writer & dare I say it...a woman. I felt she had an excellent grasp on the characters from the lost youth in rebellion & hurting to the older men & women with much life experience. The pain Wes feels in his hands was excellent in description, not to mention the pain from his other losses. Well written, good flow, never lost interest.

Jul 02, 2015

Debut novel by young woman. Excellent--one of the best debuts I've read in years.

Apr 18, 2015

I really enjoyed this beautifully written story. I liked the character of Wes - broken, angry, hurting, stoic - and his journey to find the peace of mind he seeks over past tragedies in life. A character study of a man who is not lovable, nor even likable much of the time, but is nonetheless irrefutably compelling.


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