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Product Details

  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Barking Mad Press (June 30, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 061550776X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615507767
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,092 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Practitioners and fans of the mystery genre have long used Faulkner to shore up its sometimes shaky reputation.  Sooner or later, they'll be doing the same with T. R. Pearson." -The New York Times


"It's a rare and awesome thing to see a writer take perhaps the worst there is -- the tawdry, vain, illiterate, squalid, lurid, basest parts of all that's unrefined -- and transform it magically into a rare and perfect tone for comedy. Pearson does it, and with the touch and control of a master of his craft." - Houston Chronicle

"Make no bones about it; Pearson is an authentic original, one of the few writers today of which that can justifiably be said." - Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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A fast paced thriller with an interesting plot.
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It's also hysterically funny, even as it veers into horrific tragedy.
B. Brittain
Great characters, easy to picture them in your mind.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By B. Brittain on July 17, 2011
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I've been a fan of T.R. Pearson since I first read A Short History of a Small Place way back in the mid 80s. I was very pleased that Warwolf is just as funny, complicated, and moving as all the rest of my favorite T.R. Pearson books. It's set in the mountains of Virginia, and begins with the laconic Deputy Ray Tatum finding a dead body high up in a tree while he's tromping through the woods in search of a morbidly obese and housebound woman's dog. Finding the body sets Ray off on a hunt for a serial killer, accompanied by a possibly deranged FBI agent named Kate.

Warwolf is packed full of the usual peculiar and memorable T.R. Pearson characters; I grew up in the Appalachian mountains, and most of them are versions of people I've known all my life. And it's a page-turner, as Ray and Kate work their way closer to finding the killer and things get progressively grimmer and scarier. It's also hysterically funny, even as it veers into horrific tragedy. I had a hard time putting it down, and highly recommend it!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Cynthia Bazinet on December 10, 2011
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No matter how many years pass between offerings, Pearson's main characters have a way of feeling oddly comforting and instantly familiar. Tatum, this time, is paired with the profane and more than a little stressed Kate LeComte, who is probably best described as the sort of woman that results when you cobble together an FBI agent with a stevedore. And Deputy Ray Tatum, slogging through life with his search light switched constantly to on, is just a joy to spend time with, the kind of guy you'd like to pass a quiet evening with "dismantling people," Benfield fashion, while sipping (decent) wine on a front porch. All combined, what results is a novel heavy on dialogue and repartee that is energetic, snappy, and wholly believable. Pearson's ability to make the rural hollows of Virginia come to stinking life is amazing and pitch-perfect--so much so that if I were ever undecided about whether or not I wanted to visit the rural mountain wide-spots of Virginia, I no longer have any doubts. I don't. And the plot, grisly and depraved, makes for fascinating, somewhat voyeuristic reading. You simply will not be able to put it down. In fact, punctuated as it is with laugh-out-loud dialogue and astoundingly candid human observation of the variety largely avoided by lazier, politically correct authors today, I guarantee you'll have it read in no time. Read it, be horrified and repulsed a little by it, laugh a little while being horrified and repulsed, and then tell a friend.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. L. on July 2, 2011
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I started Warwolf last night just to take a little break from War and Peace, which I've been plugging away at for a week or so now. So the plan was just to read a chapter or two of Warwolf for variety's sake. But that didn't happen. I stayed up late last night reading and finished the book this afternoon.

Warwolf features the same well-polished prose and attention to characterization and descriptive detail that you find in Mr. Pearson's other books. But what makes this one different is that it is very plot-driven. It's a page-turner!

The author has said that the book is little grim. I'll see that and raise him a "grotesque". You'd have to look hard to find a character that you'd say was "normal". And yet, at the same time, you feel a tenderness for some of them, pity for several others; you feel revolted by several, and then there's one or two that evoke a deep ambivalence. But there aren't any characters in the book who you don't end up feeling strongly about, one way or another, including the minor characters. It's a talented writer who can push that much emotion to you through the pages of a book.

Highly recommended.
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After writing a clunker, Red Scare (2008), T. R. Pearson returns to excellent form with Warwolf (2011). No, it's not a werewolf horror story, but it's a horror novel just the same--a chilling tale of blood and gore, mayhem and murder, in which a coven of homicidal maniacs terrorize a Virginia county some twenty miles west of Charlottesville.

While searching for a lost dog, Deputy Delray "Ray" Tatum discovers a body lodged high in the limbs of a black oak tree. Later he discovers that this murder is but the latest in a crime spree of "peripatetic butchery" begun many years earlier in the Western states, and with more carnage yet to come.

"Warwolf" was the name of a trebuchet, a medieval engine of war with a sling for hurling missiles used in the Scottish Wars of Independence, and believed to be the largest such catapult ever made. A similar trebuchet had thrown the body from a nearby rock quarry into the black oak tree.

Desperate for clues to solve the mystery, Deputy Tatum, joined by Katherine "Kate" LeComte, a Special FBI Agent (herself somewhat of a loose cannon) scour the mountains and ridges, hills and hollows, of Appalachia searching for leads to identify and apprehend the killers.

As in other T. R. Pearson novels, Warwolf humorously describes the quirky inhabitants of backwoods Virginia. Tatum muses, "I was stunned by the sheer magnitude of the squalor, and this in a part of the world where living in squalor is a kind of local avocation. If it had been up to me to write the county motto, I would have made it the Latin version of 'Aim Low.
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