Hold the Dark

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Liveright Publishing Corporation
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5.6 X 1.0 X 8.3 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author
William Giraldi is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Busy Monsters and Hold the Dark; the memoir The Hero's Body; and a collection of criticism, American Audacity. He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is master lecturer in the Writing Program at Boston University.
A taut, muscular and often unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness. Epic, relentless, and beautifully realized.--Dennis Lehane, author of Mystic River
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.
In this eerie novel, set in a remote, icy village in Alaska, a haunted former nature writer named Russell Core is summoned to hunt a wolf that has apparently snatched a six-year-old, and retrieve the boy's bones. Core begins his task only to discover the boy's body frozen in a root cellar. The boy's father returns from fighting in an unspecified war and embarks on a bloody campaign of vengeance. GIRALD'S UNRELENTING, PERFECTLY PACED PROSE WHIPS THE BOOK ALONG TO AN UNNERVING CONCLUSION. By the end, we feel, as Core does "that man belongs neither in civilization nor nature--because we are aberrations between two states of being.
Hold the Dark is a mystery novel with all the right ingredients: tough characters, beautifully dangerous landscapes, revenge, a detective on the chase, a husband going after his wife, and enough bullet casings to rattle in the mind long after the story is finished.
Hold the Dark is a chilling, mysterious, and completely engaging novel that will keep readers turning pages late into the night. The cold and unforgiving Alaskan wild becomes much more than a backdrop for this spellbinding story. It becomes a character--a living creature with its own hungers, its own secrets, its own icy motives, its own implacable will. I was entranced.--Tim O'Brien
Hold the Dark is a powerful meditation on nature, violence and responsibility with the concentration of a fable or fever dream--a book hard to get out of your mind long after you've put it down.--Thomas McGuane