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 - journalists, Hudson's Bay Company men, trappers, traders - 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. In an astonishingly assured debut, Stef Penney deftly weaves adventure, suspense, revelation and humour into a panoramic historical romance, an exhilarating thriller, a keen murder mystery and ultimately, with the sheer scope and quality of her storytelling, one of the books of the year.
- Paperback | 496 pages
- 112 x 174 x 36mm | 281.23g
- 12 Feb 2008
- Quercus Publishing
- London, United Kingdom
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 An entertaining and well-written adventure thriller - Spectator A quite remarkable debut novel...atmospheric and delicately written mystery - Birmingham Post
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.
A fascinating, suspense-filled adventure, a refreshing contrast to the conventional murder mystery - Sunday Telegraph Sunday Telegraph