MYSTERY

A Solitude of Wolverines

Morrow. (Alex Carter, Bk. 1). Oct. 2020. 320p. ISBN 9780062982063. $27.99. THRILLER
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Henderson moves from sf (“Skyfire Saga” and “Supernatural” series) to crime fiction with this new work in which the wilderness collides with wanton greed and murder. A gunman almost kills conservation biologist Alex Carter for supporting a wildlife habitat in Boston, where Alex has reluctantly lived a city life. When her former professor at UC Berkeley contacts her to study wolverines at a protected land trust in Montana, she jumps at the chance. Upon her arrival at her new home—an abandoned ski resort reminiscent of The Shining—it’s clear the residents in the area don’t want her there. One leaves a threatening note on her windshield, and someone tries to run her off the road. But Alex is hard to scare. Dangerous things continue to happen and when she spots a bizarre creature deep in the forest, she’s convinced something sinister is in play. Someone is trying to kill her, but who and why? Not sure whom she can trust, Alex’s survival skills are put to the ultimate test against men with high-powered rifles hunting her in a blizzard.
VERDICT Fans of ecological fiction will enjoy the juxtaposition of the natural environment with the best and worst of human nature in this exciting backwoods thriller.

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