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Deputy Ray Tatum returns in a story of Blue Ridge crime and carnage, kicked off by the discovery of a body high in the limbs of a black oak tree. Wry, laconic, and more than a little world-weary, Tatum pursues a savage killer through the rural Virginia uplands with the hot-headed assistance of Special Agent Kate LeComte. Warwolf is by turns hilarious and deeply unsettling,...more
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I've been a fan of T.R. Pearson since I first read A Short History of a Small Place way back in the mid 80s. I was very pleased that Warwolf is just as funny, complicated, and moving as all the rest of my favorite T.R. Pearson books. It's set in the mountains of Virginia, and begins with the laconic Deputy Ray Tatum finding a dead body high up in a tree while he's tromping through the woods in search of a morbidly obese and housebound woman's dog. Finding the body sets Ray off on a hunt for a se...more
Unlike Kate LeComte, I had never heard of a trebuchet. Wikipedia once more to the rescue, but especially also a You Tube clip from an old Nova (PBS) episode, wherein a large siege engine (possibly similar to Warwolf?) was built and tested. Very scary.

Not perhaps as scary as some of the characters in Warwolf, a story of the darkest stripe. Several comments have been made about the amount of blood ---- certainly true, but I appreciate the fact that most of the violence occurred "off-stage." Yes, t...more
Cynthia Bazinet
No matter how many years pass between offerings, Pearson’s main characters have a way of feeling oddly comforting and instantly familiar. Tatum, this time, is paired with the profane and more than a little stressed Kate LeComte, who is probably best described as the sort of woman that results when you cobble together an FBI agent with a stevedore. And Deputy Ray Tatum, slogging through life with his search light switched constantly to on, is just a joy to spend time with, the kind of guy you’d l...more
I started Warwolf last night just to take a little break from War and Peace, which I've been plugging away at for a week or so now. So the plan was just to read a chapter or two of Warwolf for variety's sake. But that didn't happen. I stayed up late last night reading and finished the book this afternoon.

Warwolf features the same well-polished prose and attention to characterization and descriptive detail that you find in Mr. Pearson's other books. But what makes this one different is that it is...more
Based on what I’ve rated 4 stars, I’ll have to agree with the author and give it 3. A good Kindle deal, I got sucked in by the opening chapters regarding the trebuchet, fun to read about, but really a diversion.

It’s hard for me to be objective about a book by this author, as I can’t help but compare anything to his wonderful Neely trilogy, which I read when they came out, and have re-read parts from time to time and still plan on full re-reading but only 1/3 done, and which I’d rate 4-5 stars. I...more
Still miss the long, spinning sentences that were most glorious in "A Short History of a Small Place," but found this novel thoroughly enjoyable. Read it twice, because you miss so much on the first pass. Loved Leslie's character - thank you for not making him a sexual predator but still giving him a vast dark side. The culprits, especially, will stick with me. It reads just a tiny bit like a movie script. I see Kate as Jodie Foster in "The Silence of the Lambs." This book is somewhat dark, but...more
Although I don't read much in the detective/police procedural vein, I found this to be a lot of fun. While I'd quibble with some of the plot details, the story's engaging and populated with enough entertaining backwoods color and offbeat, lowlife characters to keep it rolling. Pearson's voice is as dry and sharply humorous as ever, and drew more than a few chuckles out of me. Highly recommended.
T. R. Pearson has a narrative voice unlike any other, and it is wonderful to spend a little more time in Ray Tatum's head, solving crime in Appalachia. I'm not much for series, generally, but the Tatum novels are always a treat. Think I'll go back and reread Cry Me A River soon.

Somebody give this man a massive book contract, please.
Murder and mayhem in rural Virginia. It's cause for celebration whenever there's a new T.R. Pearson book to fall into.
This is the first book I've read from this author. He is an excellent writer! I hope to read all of his books.
Great book, great characters, T.R. Pearson at his best..
I would drop anything to read a new book by T.R. Pearson.
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Jun 30, 2011 T.R. Pearson rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
I kind of like it. A little grim, though.
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Thomas Reid Pearson is an American novelist. Pearson was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was a student at North Carolina State University, where he gained a B.A. and M.A. in English. He went on to teach at Peace College in Raleigh, North Carolina. He started work on a Ph.D. in Pennsylvania but soon returned to North Carolina, where he worked as a carpenter and a housepainter while he beg...more
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