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James McLaughlin, author of acclaimed new thriller, to speak at library

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Bud Werner Memorial Library presents an evening with James McLaughlin, author of the critically acclaimed debut novel “Bearskin” — a thriller fortified with impressive research, breathtaking psychological acuity and addictive plotting — at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Library Hall.

If you go

What: James McLaughlin author talk
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25
Where: Library Hall at Bud Werner Memorial Library

In “Bearskin,” Rice Moore is a field researcher by trade and a former smuggler by association. His new job as a caretaker and researcher for the Turk Mountain Forest Preserve in rural Virginia seems ideal, not only for its remote, largely untouched wooded terrain but because it is a perfect hideout from the Mexican drug cartels he betrayed back in Arizona. When Rice finds the carcass of a bear killed by poachers on the reserve, his newly quiet life unravels.

As the bear killings continue, Rice partners with his predecessor, a scientist named Sara who remains passionate about her work on the preserve while struggling to overcome the horrific incident that ended her time there. In trying to stop the poaching, Rice finds himself in the hostile crosshairs of the locals, the law and even his employers. The investigation pushes him into a nationwide criminal network, pulling him back into the deadly past he had hoped never to encounter again.

McLaughlin’s lifelong fascination with what he calls “the unfathomable will of the forest” is enchantingly explored through Rice, whose perceptions become mysteriously affected as he stalks poachers through the preserve. As his investigation deepens, Rice seems to embrace the blurring of the line between man and nature. McLaughlin is being hailed as an author who writes in the riveting, rugged vein of Smith Henderson, Daniel Woodrell and Annie Proulx.

This community Library Author Series talk is free. Books will be available for pre-order courtesy of Off the Beaten Path bookstore. Visit SteamboatLibrary.org/events for more information.

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