ROSS RIVER, a.k.a. ""lost liver,"" is a town on the edge, clinging
to the outside world at the end of the Yukon's loneliest road. It's
the perfect hiding place for Miles McEwan, the town's
hard-drinking, fist-fighting fire chief. No one gets close to
Miles, except the blackened spectre of a young man only he can see,
a haunting reminder of the forest fire that scarred Miles's face
and psyche, forcing him to abandon his plans for the future as well
as the woman he loved.
But the slow burn of Miles's exile is about to explode into
lifeand deathover the course of a handful of days at the height
of the wildfire season. A hunting party seeking one of the last
giant grizzlies is about to encounter a savagery of a different
sort. In the mountains, a flame ignited by human hands begins to
smoulder. And amidst the primeval beauty of rock and forest,
someone is contemplating murder.
As the hunting expedition confronts a chilling new enemy, and
the growing inferno races to the edge of town, Miles embarks on a
desperate rescue not only for the life of his five-year-old
daughtera child, who, until this dangerous summer, has been a
complete strangerbut also for his own salvation.
In The Wildfire Season, Andrew Pyper returns to
the fictional landscape of the last true wilderness, portrayed with
such authenticity in Lost Girls, his bestselling
first novel. A blockbuster work of storytelling that drives
relentlessly to its heart-stopping conclusion, The Wildfire
Season is a dark psychological thriller, a visceral
adventure and an unusual, and unusually moving, love story. It is
also a lyrical exploration of our most raw emotional truths, of
what ultimately binds us to family, to conscience, to what remains
of the natural world. The Wildfire Season is
storytelling at its very best.