Skin River is the story of Buddy Bayes, a man with a past trying desperately for a second chance at a peaceful life as a tavern owner in smalltown Gunnar, Wisconsin. His hopes for a new start are shattered, however, when he finds the severed hand of a missing young woman and falls headlong into a harrowing situation which has Buddy convinced that his past has come back to haunt him. Things aren't what they seem, though, and jumping to conclusions proves to be a disastrous mistake as the true nature of Buddy's situation slowly comes into focus. A tense, chilling novel that introduces Steven Sidor, a fine young writer with an exacting touch, a disciplined hand, and a remarkable talent for suspense.
|Publisher:||St. Martin's Press|
|File size:||218 KB|
About the Author
Steve Sidor lives near Chicago, Illinois, with his wife and two young children. Skin River is his first novel.
Steven Sidor is the author of acclaimed novels including Skin River, Mirror's Edge, Bone Factory. He lives near Chicago with his wife and two children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Steven Sidor's plot line tempts you to read Skin River quickly. Don't. This is a book not only rich in plot, but richer in style and nuance than most novels within the last decade. Perhaps the genre sweeps the reader along briskly, following Buddy Bayes through a physical and psychological maze of deceit, doubt, self-doubt, and revelation. We are tempted to read such books as if we were watching a television series. Mistake. Steven Sidor's book transcends the confinement of genre and achieves the status of literature - a great story with memorable characters and, best of all, a great style, sutiable for any genre. The dialogue is crisp, the imagery haunting, and the narration, like the title itself, flows gracefully and mysteriously without apology - like a river.
A new writer, Steven Sidor has written a compelling thriller with a darkly atmospheric tone as a search goes on for a murderer referred to as the Goatskinner. Thing are not as they seem for a tavern owner wondering if his past is catching up with him or if there is another reason for a sadistic killer to be roaming the banks of the Skin River. This is a good debut, hope to see more from Sidor.
Mr. Sidor keeps the reader guessing until the end. The characters are beleivable and well developed. I hope to see them again. This book pulled me back into a genre I had all but given up on.
The searchers failed to find Melissa Teagles who was held captured and ultimately killed by the Goatskinner. The police could never find a trace of her until Buddy Bayes, the owner for the last year and a half of The Black Chimney Tavern in Wisconsin, found her hand while fishing; searchers never found the rest of her.---- Buddy had left Chicago to start over after what happened in Chicago and he was an upstanding citizen until he found that hand. He believes that the person who took a contract out on him is responsible for Melissa¿s death. He doesn¿t realize that there is a serial killer operating in Gunnar. When someone abducts his waitress, he rescues her but the sheriff suspects him especially since the waitress is in a coma. Buddy devises a plan to make sure that the person who ordered the hit comes after him in Wisconsin. When his tavern burns down; no one lifts a finger to help Buddy who they believe is behind the killings. Law enforcement wises up that the Goatskinner has operated in the area for years and has at least fourteen kills to his credit, but Buddy and his waitress already left town determined to start anew.---- SKIN RIVER is full of stark prose, a foreboding atmosphere and an anti-hero thief who is not ashamed of his past but doesn¿t want to end up in jail so he tries to go straight. He, like everyone, has good and bad character traits but readers will appreciate that he cares about his waitress and is determined to stop the killer from Chicago. Stephen Sidor has written an exciting debut tale with characters that are sides of grey and happy endings are just a pipe dream.---- Harriet Klausner