A Solitude of Wolverines: A Novel of Suspense

A Solitude of Wolverines: A Novel of Suspense

by Alice Henderson


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“Both a mystery and a survival story, here is a novel written with a naturalist’s eye for detail and an unrelenting pace. It reminded me of the best of Nevada Barr." —James Rollins, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Last Odyssey  

The first book in a thrilling series featuring an intrepid wildlife biologist who's dedicated to saving endangered species...and relies on her superior survival skills to thwart those who aim to stop her.

While studying wolverines on a wildlife sanctuary in Montana, biologist Alex Carter is run off the road and threatened by locals determined to force her off the land.

Undeterred in her mission to help save this threatened species, Alex tracks wolverines on foot and by cameras positioned in remote regions of the preserve. But when she reviews the photos, she discovers disturbing images of an animal of a different kind: a severely injured man seemingly lost and wandering in the wilds.

After searches for the unknown man come up empty, local law enforcement is strangely set on dismissing the case altogether, raising Alex’s suspicions. Then another invasive predator trespasses onto the preserve. The hunter turns out to be another human—and the prey is the wildlife biologist herself. Alex realizes too late that she has seen too much—she's stumbled onto a far-reaching illegal operation and now has become the biggest threat.

In this wild and dangerous landscape, Alex’s life depends on staying one step ahead—using all she knows about the animal world and what it takes to win the brutal battle for survival.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal


Henderson moves from science fiction ("Skyfire Saga" and "Supernatural" series) to crime fiction with a title where wilderness collides with wanton greed and murder. A gunman almost kills conservation biologist Alex Carter for supporting a wildlife habitat in Boston, where Alex has reluctantly lived a city life. When her former professor at UC Berkeley contacts her to study wolverines at a protected land trust in Montana, she jumps at the chance. Upon her arrival at her new home—an abandoned ski resort reminiscent of TheShining—it's clear the residents in the area don't want her there. One leaves a threatening note on her windshield, and someone tries to run her off the road. But Alex is hard to scare. Dangerous things continue to happen and when she spots a bizarre creature deep in the forest, she's convinced something sinister is in play. Someone is trying to kill her, but who and why? Not sure whom she can trust, Alex's survival skills are put to the ultimate test against men with high-powered rifles hunting her in a blizzard. VERDICT Fans of ecological fiction will enjoy the juxtaposition of the natural environment with the best and worst of human nature in this exciting backwoods thriller. —K.L. Romo, Duncanville, TX

Publishers Weekly


Idealistic biologist Alex Carter, the heroine of this middling series launch from Henderson (the Skyfire Saga), did an environmental study in Boston that thwarted plans to turn a tract of wetlands into commercial real estate. At the dedication ceremony for the nature preserve that was established instead, a man who lost money as a result is about to shoot Carter when an unknown sniper blows his head off. Traumatized by the violence, Carter leaps at a job offer to study wolverines in Montana on land donated to the Land Trust for Wildlife Conservation. After she arrives, someone leaves a note on her windshield warning her off, and someone else almost drives her off the road. She has apparently become the target of those who object to land being used to benefit animals rather than people. The stakes rise when Carter finds a badly injured man in the woods who disappears before she can return with help. A plot that strains credulity is matched by characters who lack depth. Readers interested in conservation-themed thrillers will be better served by the novels of Jon McGoran. Agent: Alex Slater, Trident Media Group. (Nov.)

Douglas Preston

A Solitude of Wolverines by Alice Henderson is a thriller with a heart, a riveting story of conspiracy, murder, and wilderness survival that will keep you turning the pages. Vivid characters, a pulse-pounding plot, a fascinating wildlife-conservation background, and beautifully realized settings make this an exceptional read. This is the first book in a series about wildlife biologist Alex Carter; I can’t wait for the next one.

James Rollins

A true stunner of a thriller debut. Both a mystery and a survival story, here is a novel written with a naturalist’s eye for detail and an unrelenting pace. It reminded me of the best of Nevada Barr, where the wilderness itself is as much a character as the feisty wildlife biologist who must solve a crime in a remote town where no one is talking, and everyone is a suspect. It’s so fraught with excitement and wondrous details that it demands to be read in one sitting and savored afterward. Don’t miss it

Owl Goingback

Alice Henderson has proven she is a true master of suspense. A Solitude of Wolverines is not for the faint of heart. It is a compelling, nail-biting story that kept me on the edge of my seat from the very first page. I couldn’t put it down."

Michael Laurence

"Looking for a little action with your activism? A Solitude of Wolverines delivers in spades. A page-turning read that will definitely leave you guessing. Alice Henderson is an author to watch!"

Lisa Morton

"A Solitude of Wolverines is a rare species indeed: an edge-of-your-seat thriller that engages not just the adrenaline glands but the heart and soul as well. With an engaging heroine, an incredible setting and pulse-pounding action, this one is truly a breed apart."

Nevada Barr

What a treat! Alice Henderson has delivered a treasure of a novel—and, to readers' delight, a promise of more where this came from. Her depiction of the natural world in all its beauty and terror is spot-on. Into this she weaves a cast of characters both original and fascinating, as well as a heroine who does the unbelievable, yet one can believe it.  A great read!

Terry Shames

"A thriller that combines non-stop, breathtaking action with lyrical descriptions of a haunting landscape. I could not put it down.

Fresh Fiction

Best thriller of the year so far. Seriously.

The Nerd Daily

"The combination of environmentalism, suspense, and action strategically placed throughout A Solitude of Wolverines makes this novel distinctly different than others in its respective genre... A Solitude of Wolverines is filled with twists and turns that keep readers interested and engaged.


"Alice Henderson at this point takes what might have been the first animal-activist/naturalist thriller I can recall and combines chills, thrills, and heart right up through the breathless finale. I look forward to the next Alex Carter novel!"

Denver Post

The novel is packed with action. Alex is smart, with an impressive knowledge of wildlife as well as guns and self defense tactics. It’s no plot spoiler to say she survives and will be back…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062982063
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/27/2020
Series: Alex Carter Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,410
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

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