Book: For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down

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For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down

Author: David Adams Richards
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Publisher: McClelland and Stewart

A suspenseful and moving novel which has at its centre one of Richards’ most memorable and haunting characters. It is the fall of 1989 in a small Miramichi mill town. Jerry Bines is acquitted of murder and returns home to his estranged wife and young son, with hopes for a new beginning. But when he learns that Gary Percy Rils has escaped from prison, he has good reason to fear for his own safety and that of others. In his attempts to protect his family from Rils by taking him under his wing, Bines sets in motion a series of events that ultimately leads to tragedy. The story of what happens unfolds piece by piece, as related by police reports, interviews, and by a man to a boy. Vivid in its sense of place, this penetrating chronicle of lives is both dark and redemptive, devastating and comic. This novel was made into a Gemini Award-winning film of the same name.

When he was twenty-two, David Adams Richards published his stunning first novel, The Coming of Winter, which earned national recognition and which, along with his subsequent books, still sells today. In the twenty years since then, Richards has published six acclaimed novels. For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down is David Adams Richard’s most haunting and powerful novel to date, and is set within the same fictional Miramichi community as his previous two award-winning novels, Nights Below Station Street and Evening Snow Will Bring Such Peace. It is now the late 1980s. Jerry Bines has been acquitted of the murder of Buddy Savoie and comes back home. His actions are often misunderstood by others—those who fear him but are drawn to the power they sense in him. Joe and Rita Walsh have died; Adele and Ralphie Pillar’s daughter is being raised by someone else; Nevin White is being kept away from his daughter, Hadley, because of his ex-wife Vera’s suspicions about him; Vera, college educated, is writing a book; and Ralphie finds himself, in spite of Adele’s warnings, in an uneasy friendship with Jerry Bines. When Bines learns that Gary Percy Rils has escaped from prison, he has good reason to fear for his own safety and that of others. Bines’ attempt to protect his family from Rils leads to the novel’s dramatic climax. The story of what happens unfolds piece by piece, as related by police reports, interviews, and by a man to a young boy. For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down is a suspenseful and moving novel, which is both dark and redemptive, devastating and comic. Richards’ characters, many of whom were introduced in the previous two novels, are portrayed with subtlety, insight, and affection. They reveal the damage we are capable of causing through misunderstanding and good intentions.

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