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Canadian author Andrew Pyper's suspense/mystery takes place in the wilds of the Yukon Territory and revolves around a man physically scarred and psychologically tormented by a horrific past -- a past that seems to follow him no matter how far he runs…
An emotionally supercharged, darkly atmospheric novel in which the protagonist's anguish is almost palpable, The Wildfire Season chronicles the life of Miles McEwan, a firefighter who, while working the wildfire season in northwestern Canada, was terribly burned when a blow-up trapped him and his crew. McEwan carries ghastly scars on his face and neck, but the real pain comes from knowing that his decisions could have led to the death of a young firefighter. After the tragedy, McEwan's personal life imploded; he eventually dumped his fiancée, Alex, and disappeared. Five and a half years later, he is living in the middle of nowhere, 300 miles below the Arctic Circle, when Alex finally tracks him down and introduces him to his daughter, Rachel. But when a suspicious wildfire rips through the region and endangers McEwan's newfound family, fate forces him to make some difficult decisions and brings him face-to-face with his deadliest enemy: himself.
In an industry that is increasingly acknowledging and embracing exceptional mystery and thriller authors from all over the world -- Japan's Miyuki Miyabe, Iceland's Arnaldur Indridason, Ireland's Ken Bruen, et al. -- Pyper is at the forefront of a decidedly conspicuous invasion of talented Canadians (including James W. Nichol, Robert McGill, and Ann-Marie MacDonald, and others). The profound and poetic beauty of this distinctly Canadian novel is in its understated complexity. Equal parts adrenaline-inducing thriller, redemptive spiritual journey, harrowing survival tale, and unlikely love story, The Wildfire Season deftly weaves symbolism and allegory into the narrative to create a profoundly moving work of literature that succeeds on numerous levels. Highly recommended. Paul Goat Allen