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Title:
Hold the dark
Author:
Giraldi, William, author.
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Edition:
Unabridged.
Publication Information:
[Ashland, Oregon] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., [2014]

â„—2014
Physical Description:
6 audio discs (6.5 hr.) : digital, CD audio ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
At the start of another pitiless winter, the wolves have come for the children of Keelut. Three children have been taken from this isolated Alaskan village, including the six-year-old son of Medora and Vernon Slone. Shaken with grief and seeking consolation, Medora contacts nature writer and wolf expert Russell Core. Sixty years old, ailing in both body and spirit, and estranged from his daughter and wife, Core arrives in Keelut to investigate the killings. Immersing himself in this settlement at the end of the world, he discovers the horrifying darkness at the heart of Medora Slone and learns of an unholy truth harbored by this village. When Vernon Slone returns from a desert war to discover his son dead and his wife missing, he begins a methodical pursuit across this frozen landscape. Aided by his boyhood companion, the taciturn and deadly Cheeon, and pursued by the stalwart detective Donald Marium, Slone is without mercy, cutting a bloody swath through the wilderness of his homeland. As Russell Core attempts to rescue Medora from her husband's vengeance, he comes face-to-face with an unspeakable secret at the furthermost reaches of American soil--a secret about the unkillable bonds of family and the untamed animal in the soul of every human being.
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Title from container.

Compact discs.

"Tracks every 3 minutes for easy bookmarking"--Container.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781483049038

9781483049052
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Audiobook on CD

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A terrifying literary thriller set on the Alaskan tundra, about the mystery of evil and mankind's losing battle with natureAt the start of another pitiless winter, the wolves have come for the children of Keelut. Three children have been taken from this isolated Alaskan village, including the six-year-old son of Medora and Vernon Slone.Shaken with grief and seeking consolation, Medora contacts nature writer and wolf expert Russell Core. Sixty years old, ailing in both body and spirit, and estranged from his daughter and wife, Core arrives in Keelut to investigate the killings. Immersing himself in this settlement at the end of the world, he discovers the horrifying darkness at the heart of Medora Slone and learns of an unholy truth harbored by this village.When Vernon Slone returns from a desert war to discover his son dead and his wife missing, he begins a methodical pursuit across this frozen landscape. Aided by his boyhood companion, the taciturn and deadly Cheeon, and pursued by the stalwart detective Donald Marium, Slone is without mercy, cutting a bloody swath through the wilderness of his homeland. As Russell Core attempts to rescue Medora from her husband's vengeance, he comes face-to-face with an unspeakable secret at the furthermost reaches of American soil--a secret about the unkillable bonds of family and the untamed animal in the soul of every human being.An Alaskan Oresteia, an epic woven of both blood and myth, Hold the Dark recalls the hyperborean climate and tribalism of Daniel Woodrell's Winter's Bone and the primeval violence of James Dickey's Deliverance.


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Starred Review. Giraldi's follow-up to Busy Monsters is set in a small Alaskan village at the winter solstice, and the harsh Arctic landscape serves as both physical and psychological backdrop for an unnerving tale that explores where and how human nature gives way to its opposite. After receiving a letter from Medora Slone, a young mother whose son has been recently taken by wolves, wolf expert Russell Core travels to the remote Alaskan village of Keelhut for reasons he doesn't fully understand. Arriving at the darkest time of the year, Core gradually comes to learn that the truth of the situation is far different-and far more sinister-than he could ever have imagined. And it will grow even darker after Vernon Slone returns from the Iraq War to find his son dead and his wife missing. VERDICT Giraldi's back-country Alaska is a savagely amoral place where the constant struggle for survival brings out the most elemental aspects of humanity. This work travels deep into the most ancient and primitive realms of being, offering an unflinching-and more than a little frightening-exploration of the domains of the unconscious that are more commonly the province of myth and fairy tale.-Lawrence Rungren, Andover, MA (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.