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The Tenderness of Wolves by Stef Penney
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Aug 24, 12

bookshelves: 1800s, hist-fiction, pioneer-days, canada
Recommended to Sandy by: next to Louise Penny - a favorite mystery author - on the library shelves and thus... home it came and I'm glad as it was very good.
Recommended for: lee aiken
Read from August 17 to 25, 2012

survivalist in the bleak bitterly cold, wintery landscape of the Canadian wilderness back in the days of the Hudson Bay company... that greedy company that literally wiped out the fur-bearing creatures of North America .... obliterating the silver fox, wolves, red foxes, black foxes, bears, beaver, anything and everything that would turn a dollar... ghastly destruction of the richness of the continent for the luxury of ladies fashions and money. ... Still a fascinating murder mystery of the Canadian wilderness in the 19th century. French Trapper is scalped and throat slit in a cabin outside a sensible pioneer town in the wilderness... and who is the murder? And why? The young boy who goes missing at precisely the time of the murder, the self-centered opportunist determined to get possession of that tablet of unknown origin that he's sure just may make him famous and that's all he can think of, that half-breed who's out there-somewhere- And what off all the Company Men who come to pursue the murder - convinced that it's their business because the Trapper was in cahoots with other trappers to set up a competitive business that threatens their monopoly... anyway - very well written, vivid world of the cold, the bitterness, the bleak wind and storm swept wilderness... the vast distances between settlements, the intense isolation of peoples from one another in this vast stark landscape... really successful depiction of pioneer north america.

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