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- DescriptionOnce or twice a decade, an unkwn short-story writer blazes onto the literary scene with work that is thrilling and new. Scott Wolven is such a talent, and his raw, blistering tales of hard-bitten convicts, dodgy informers, and men running from the law make for the most exciting, authentic collection of short stories I have read in years, says George Pelecas.Brooding, edgy, and sometimes violent, Controlled Burn's loosely linked stories are each in some way a distillation of hard time - spent either in prison, the backwoods of Vermont, or the badlands of the American West. Peopled by boxers, drunks, truck drivers, murderers, bounty hunters, drifters traveling under assumed names, and men whose luck ran out a thousand miles ago, these stories feel hard-won from life, and if they are moody and stark, so too are they filled with human longing.Controlled Burn is divided into two sections: The Northeast Kingdom and The Fugitive West. In each, Scott Wolven reveals a broken world where there is bottom left to hit. In the haunting Outside Work Detail, convicts stoically dig graves for their fellow prisoners yet reserve their deepest grief for the senseless death of a deer. Crank introduces Red Green, a maniacally brilliant addict who brews his own crystal meth in a backwoods lab, and whose high-energy antics inspire both cautious admiration and mortal fear in his business associates. In Ball Lightning Reported, Red Green's ultimate fate is revealed. In Atomic Superva, a revenge-obsessed sheriff deputizes a kwn cop-killer to help him hunt down a counterfeiter and drug lord. The unexpectedly tender and heartbreaking The Copper Kings concerns a father facing the dark truth behind his son's disappearance. And in Vigilance, a hunted man struggles to escape his past, always yearning for an horable yet perhaps unreachable future.Powered by a spare, ruminative prose style that recalls the best of Denis Johnson and Thom Jones, Controlled Burn is an unforgettable debut.
- Author BiographyComing soon... William Dufris began his audio career doing radio plays, audiobooks, film/animation dubbing, and language tapes in London, where he lived for thirteen years. While there, he had the honor of sharing the microphone in a number of BBC Radio plays with Kathleen Turner, Sharon Gless, Stockard Channing, and Helena Bonham-Carter. These experiences led him to cofound two audio production companies: The Story Circle Ltd. and Mind's Eye Productions. He has also acted on stage and television in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany. William is the original voice of Bob (and Farmer Pickles/Mr. Beasley/Mr. Sabatini) in the popular children's show Bob the Builder for the United States and Canada (Series 1-9). He produces, directs, acts and engineers for his audio theatre company, Rocky Coast Radio Theatre. He has been nominated nine times as a finalist for the APA's prestigious Audie Award and has garnered twenty-one Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, which also named him one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century, as well as one of the Best Voices of the Year in 2008 and 2009.
- Author(s)Scott Wolven
- PublisherTantor Media, Inc
- Date of Publication01/07/2005
- SubjectShort Stories & Fiction Anthologies
- Place of PublicationOld Saybrook, CT
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintTantor Media, Inc
- Weight162 g
- Width172 mm
- Height165 mm
- Spine24 mm
- Narrator(s)William Dufris
- Format DetailsCD standard audio format
- Running Time300
- Edition StatementLibrary ed
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