The Tenderness of Wolves
1867, Canada: as winter tightens its grip on the isolated settlement of Dove River, a man is brutally murdered and a 17-year old boy disappears. Tracks leaving the dead man's cabin head north towards the forest and the tundra beyond. In the wake of such violence, people are drawn to the township - but do they want to solve the crime or exploit it? One-by-one the assembled searchers set out from Dove River, pursuing the tracks across a desolate landscape home only to wild animals, madmen and fugitives, variously seeking a murderer, a son, two sisters missing for 17 years, a Native American culture, and a fortune in stolen furs before the snows settle and cover the tracks of the past for good. Siobhan Redmond captivates in this gripping rendering of Stef Penney's award-winning debut. She reads with warmth, wit and understanding, deftly characterising the small Canadian township and its inhabitants. Redmond's keen sense of suspense complements Penney's superb story-telling ability, bringing this panoramic, romantic and exhilarating thriller to life.
- 124 x 142 x 27mm | 193g
- 12 Apr 2007
- Quercus Publishing
- London, United Kingdom
- Abridged edition
A fascinating, suspense-filled adventure, a refreshing contrast to the conventional murder mystery - Sunday Telegraph An original and readable mixture of mystery and history, with a good dollop of old-fashioned adventure - The Times Suspenseful epic, offering a leitmotif of constant unease ... impressive - Guardian
About Stef Penney
Stef Penney was born and grew up in Edinburgh. After a degree in Philosophy and Theology from Bristol University she turned to film-making, studying Film and TV at Bournemouth College of Art. On graduation she was selected for the Carlton Television New Writers Scheme and has since written and directed two short films. The Tenderness of Wolves is her first novel. Siobhan Redmond has appeared in several television productions including Between the Lines, Lift, The Smoking Room, Casualty, The Catherine Tate Show, Every Woman Knows a Secret, The Bill and Holby City. Her varied theatre work has included seasons with the RSC, National Theatre of Scotland and productions in London's West End. Films include Beautiful People, Captives and Duet for One.
A fascinating, suspense-filled adventure, a refreshing contrast to the conventional murder mystery - Sunday Telegraph Sunday Telegraph