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The term "coming of age" is often overused -- but not here. This novel explores the bittersweet pleasure and agonizing distress of teen-age friendship and first love -- and the unfathomable menace of pure evil. I found the characterizations to be nothing short of astonishing. Until I read this story, I thought that only Charles Dickens had the seemingly magical gift of letting the reader, in a scant handful of words, seem actually to see the scene almost like a photograph, and of consistently presenting dialog so true to life that you'd think you were actually hearing the characters speak. ... Seldom have I encountered fictional characters who took on such vivid, three-dimensional life that, even without detailed descriptions, I felt I actually knew them. That's what happened in reading this book. Two or three times the exquisite exactness of Mr. Frazier's word choice actually left me breathless, with a "Yes! That's exactly right" reaction. The story itself is sometimes funny, often heart-rending, and just about impossible to put down. The descriptions of daily life are so bullseye perfect that time and again they took me back to my own childhood and teen years, now way over a half century past. I don't mind a bit saying that this book moved me to tears a dozen times. I hated like anything to leave some of the characters behind: I felt they were my friends by the book's end. I will definitely be reading A Death on the Wolf again. It is not apt to leave my mind--ever. It's simply a wonder, and, I think, a great gift from a very talented writer. ... I cannot recommend it highly enough.  --Jon Rutherford [Goodreads]

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  • File Size: 2717 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Epicea Books (November 9, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 9, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064X5KUW
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I have been writing fiction for the last twenty years. The writers who have influenced me the most are Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Harper Lee, Walker Percy, and Pat Conroy. My stories run the gamut from the supernatural to the sublimely real. The Taking of Trevor Ward is a mystery and suspense novella about a PI with a unique "gift." A Death on the Wolf is a coming of age story set in Mississippi in 1969. Gerard is a novella about a ten-year-old vampire. Brian's Wish is about a rich businessman who, through his "make-a-wish" foundation, comes to know a youngster who is dying of cancer. Return to Innocence is a dark and disturbing tale of a therapist whose life is ruined when he is falsely accused of child abuse. And Summer Solstice is a story about a grief stricken widower who learns to love again.

From 1998 to 2000 I was Managing Editor at Genesis Press. I currently spend my time writing, editing, and practicing Family Law in the Upstate of South Carolina.

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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By albertagirl on February 29, 2012
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This was free when I got it; and I (wrongly) didn't hold out much hope for it to be better than average. I was very much pleasantly surprised, though; this is a *fantastic* book; one of the better ones I've read this winter.

Although the subject of race is (very!) lightly touched on, this book is about the summer in which a 15-year old boy confronts the issues of love, loyalty, courage, friendship, and inner moral character, while leaving boyhood behind and laying the groundwork for the man he will become.

There's an epilogue, too, to tell "how things all worked out," and in this case I thought it added a nice touch.

Can't recommend this one highly enough. 4.5 / 5, IMO. A great read!
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Gayle G. Lin on November 9, 2011
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This is one of the best coming-of-age stories I've ever read. The synopsis at amazon.com tells what the book contains. I'll tell you how much I loved it.

Gary Frazier has outdone himself this time. I was bowled over by this book. I rarely give five stars to a book, but I did for this one
because, for books in its genre, it covers so many issues and handles them with dignity.

The story takes place long before the use of the word "gay" in it's present day connotation. The only terms used for a homosexual
individual were derogatory and inflammatory.

This book deals with physical disabilities, homosexuality, physical abuse of children, a teen with high morals and love for his family.

I could go on and on. I'd love to see this made into a movie.

I urge you to give it a try. I don't think you'll regret it.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Rhouse on March 25, 2012
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Death on the Wolf deals with a variety of issues, all from a 1969 teen boy's point of view. Physical abuse, being gay (before it was "gay"), physical handicaps, dysfunctional homes, and life in 1960s Mississippi.

I KNOW that all sounds very depressing, but the author manages to make the characters so POSITIVE that when you're finished, you are smiling.

It isn't labeled as such, but this would be an excellent novel for young adults. I recommend this realistic coming of age book to teens as well as adults!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By The Kindle Book Review on October 7, 2012
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"A Death on the Wolf", by G.M. Frazier is a coming of age tale with danger and suspense thrown into the mix. It is the story of Nelson Gody, who is sixteen in the summer of 1969. He is living in Bells Ferry, Mississippi with his father and younger sister, Sachet. His Aunt Charity lives in the house next door on the family land.

What begins as a routine summer for Nelson, working at the gas station and hanging out with his friend Frankie on the Wolf river, quickly changes when Aunt Charity brings 14 year old Mary Alice to stay with her for the summer. Mary Alice is a blind orphan who normally resides at the orphanage. Nelson is smitten the moment he lays eyes on her.

As the summer progresses and love blooms, Nelson learns that Frankie has been harboring a secret that impacts both their lives. When a mysterious stranger arrives in town on a sleek black motorcycle danger arrives with him.

This is a wonderful story set in a time and place that is a story in itself. Bells Ferry is still working through the civil rights movement and Hurricane Camille is on her way. Nothing will be the same.

Frazier has created wonderful characters with many layers to them. They are well developed and I felt I knew each of them intimately. The story is well paced and compelling. I couldn't stop reading because I needed to know what would happen next. The suspense builds and holds you in it's grips. A fantastic read!

5 stars - Kate Farrell, The Kindle Book Review
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Oregon Dreamer on May 21, 2012
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As a 17 year old in 1969, the author brought the memories of that time back to the forefront of my mind. The writing was so well done that it felt like I was actually a member of the family. I'm not sure exactly how G.M. Frazier was able to make me feel as if I was experiencing the thoughts and emotions of Lem as a young man so convincingly as I am female, but that is what happened. I became so involved while reading the book that when "reality" intruded, it sometimes took me a moment or two to switch my mind back to the present. The portrayal of the southern locale was also done in such a way that, having never been further east or south than Colorado, I felt like I had been there. I rarely re-read any book, so after having just finished, I can't believe that I want to put it right back in my "to be read" list.
I will not hesitate to 1-click any other books I find by this author.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By T. Bezerra on June 5, 2012
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First the bad news. The writing is can be clumsy and overly descriptive - a good editor would have really helped. A few of the good characters - especially Nelson's first love, Mary Alice, and his father - are a little too perfect. Mr. Gody's Good Man status almost reaches an Atticus Finch kind of level, only without the nuances of Harper Lee's protrayal of the ultimate good father. And the friendship between Nelson and Frankie, which supposedly reached back to their early childhood, didn't ring true to me - given the time and place, I could buy that he might not have guessed Frankie's secret, but I couldn't get past his total ignorance of Frankie's father's drinking problem and abuse of his family. And in the end, things wrap up a little too neatly.

I did enjoy Nelson's story, in large part because Nelson is such a real, believable and fully realized main character. I do think he would have struggled a bit more to become comfortable with Frankie's secret, but to me he really read as a teenaged boy, a good, responsible kid who wants to do the right thing and is bewildered by chaos that unexpectedly swirls around him the summer he turns 16.
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