The Boy Who Shoots Crows

The Boy Who Shoots Crows

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by Randall Silvis
     
 

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A riveting new psychological thriller from a "a masterful storyteller" (New York Times Book Review).

Yesterday, a local boy went missing in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Transplanted painter Charlotte Dunleavy was used to seeing him go into the woods, rifle in hand, to shoot at crows. Suffering from the debilitating aftereffects of a migraine,

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A riveting new psychological thriller from a "a masterful storyteller" (New York Times Book Review).

Yesterday, a local boy went missing in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. Transplanted painter Charlotte Dunleavy was used to seeing him go into the woods, rifle in hand, to shoot at crows. Suffering from the debilitating aftereffects of a migraine, Charlotte is shrouded in a fog of pain and barely remembers the details of the day, just splinters of memory, as if they were a dream-but nothing concrete enough to help the local sheriff in his search.

Outside of Charlotte's windows, the woods are peaceful, the play of light and dark among the leaves offering her inspiration for her art. But the truth can penetrate even the deepest shadows of a forest-and a killer's mind...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When 12-year-old Jesse Rankin vanishes while out shooting crows in rural Cumberland County, Pa., at the start of this thoughtful character study, suspicion falls on an older boy, Dylan Hayes, a convenient scapegoat whose only fault is to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Sheriff Mark Gatesman interviews reclusive painter Charlotte Dunleavy, an attractive divorcée and well-to-do recent transplant from New York City, whose eyewitness testimony has damned Dylan and whose tragic past turns out to have a direct connection to the mystery confounding the people of Cumberland County. As Gatesman’s investigation falters, Silvis (In a Town Called Mundomuerto) dwells on Dunleavy’s claustrophobic inner emotional landscape. The final revelation appears with the slow inevitability of a glacier, inexorably grinding the characters beneath it. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101552797
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
579,707
File size:
593 KB
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Randall Silvis lives in Pennsylvania.

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The Boy Who Shoots Crows 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
SaraMC More than 1 year ago
I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of this book. In The Boy Who Shoots Crows, we meet Charlotte Dunleavy, who, among other things, is a painter, a heartbroken woman who inspires this tragic story of a lost boy, a lost sheriff, and a lost innocence. But the real artist is author Randall Silvis. He paints upon the canvas of our psyches, compelling us take a closer peek inside his work, inviting us to step deeper and see beyond the surface so they we might imagine ourselves walking amidst Charlotte's woods and their achingly beautiful despair. Then he asks if we are brave enough to blink away the darkness and search for the light of truth. The clues are there in this tale of a gothic Pennsylvania, but following them to the end is not for the faint of heart because the details will haunt you, persuading you to revisit them, tempting you to remember them as you prefer instead of the way they are, rousing that last bit of hope that you didn't know the truth from that very first page.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is well written, but the story is not well constructed.The main character, Charlotte, is maudlin beyond words. The plot is illuded to from the very beginnig of the book, but it takes over 250 pages to make any sense of this story. However well written the prose is, this does not make up for a dragging story line. I don't recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not the best book I've read but not the worst