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The Darkest Places: Unsolved Mysteries, True Crimes, and Harrowing Disasters in the Wild
Longtime readers have come to understand that Outside's true gift is in chronicling misadventure. The Darkest Places chronicles mysterious disappearances, unsolved murders, and deadly disasters, taking us to far-flung places no sane person would want to go.
Hardcover, 408 pages
Published May 1st 2019 by Falcon Press Publishing
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A collection of mostly really great magazine stories from Outside magazine. Each story is written about some crisis, often a death, and what happened in its aftermath. Nothing bloody or disgusting; all stories written very nicely examining an event, not necessarily a death. Only a couple duds in the whole book.
“An Iraq vet can surmise that two of three people he encounters don’t consider his sacrifice worth the trouble. “You come back to this oblivion,” says Reddish, “and people don’t even care that you’re in a bad way, that your friends had to be identified from a dog tag in their boots. They say, ‘You did a great job. Now, how much money do you owe me this month?”
“The winter was harsh. Kay had been spending days in her trailer hunkered down under piles of blankets—some even say with an older bear named Betty Sue. Her skin was turning gray, which could suggest emphysema, pneumonia, or a pending heart attack. The fact that her outerwear was found untorn could also suggest hypothermia, which sometimes makes victims feel like they’re burning up. Hopkins told me that Kay probably collapsed while walking back to her home. He said it’s even possible that”More quotes…