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WILD LANDS (working title)

Patrice Gain

  • Original Title: TERRES FAUVES
  • Publication date: August 2018
  • Publisher: Le Mot et le Reste
  • Country: FR
  • 208 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Noir

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  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: United States
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Corruption, Survival, FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Death, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Violence, LOVE / HATE, Destruction, Sex

Pitch

David, a writer, is asked to write a memoir for senator Kearney, the Republican candidate for the Presidential Elections. He travels to Alaska to interview an old friend of the senator's, a star alpinist who proves to be a true scoundrel. In this oppressive, harsh environment, the body of a young woman is found under a tree...

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Selected for the prix des Libraires 2019 (Booksellers' Prize)

Patrice Gain is a French writer. He is a professional mountaineer and environment engineer. His books include LA NAUFRAGÉE DU LAC DES DENTS BLANCHES (awarded the Prix du pays du Mont-Blanc) and DENALI.

Summary

David McCae, a writer from New York, has been asked to write a memoir for senator Kearney, the Republican candidate for the Presidential Elections. In order to finish the book David travels to Alaska, where he is supposed to interview an old friend of the senator's, grumpy and unpleasant star alpinist Dick Carlson. There the hostile, glacial, majestic landscape is at the center of people’s lives. Most of them hunt and have a close and violent relationship with nature. The atmosphere is quite oppressive and Carlson proves to be a true scoundrel.

A young woman, Nola, disappears and the common explanation is that she was killed by a bear while hiking. She is Carlson’s daughter and had apparently returned to the area to confront him about the past...

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