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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (264 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Mark Spragg Narrator: David Aaron Baker Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Award-winning author Mark Spragg writes about the American West with unmatched skill and vision. In Bone Fire, Spragg weaves the tale of Ishawooa, Wyoming, a city marred by the realities of modern life. Sheriff Crane Carlson is having enough trouble with his pot-addled and alcoholic wife when he finds a teen murdered in a meth lab. Violence seems to be exploding all over the small town, but even as the situation spirals out of control, Carlson finds moments of compassion and beauty. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “A starkly beautiful portrait of the modern West.  Spragg is an author with a keen eye for both the poetic splendors and ugly realities of this much-romanticized country.”

    Globe and Mail

  • “Teeming with loss, redemption and personal crisis [with] as compelling a sense of time and place as any in contemporary fiction.”

    Denver Post

  • “A wonder to experience…The bone fire in question can be seen as a metaphor for the grief that burns in one’s soul. That fire has the power to cause great pain but also, one is led to hope here, to heal.”

    Seattle Times

  • “A serious pleasure…Spragg’s Wyoming is quiet and beautiful and very real.  He is a master at balancing minimalism with eloquent depth to paint a striking portrait of place.”


  • “Essential reading for anyone interested in the literature of the West.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A tribute to the human state and an outstanding work…Not one word is out of place, and each and every character is well drawn and intensely believable….This ‘bone fire’ is in fact the burning we call life, symbolizing our shared pain as human beings.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • Selected for the March 2010 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Terry Tschann Skelton | 2/11/2014

    " This is an excellent book. Great use of language; honest characters who, although flawed, fight through their demons to act with charity and compassion. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Beth Rear | 2/10/2014

    " I love Mark Spragg's writing and it was a wonderful book. But not as much plot as An Unfinished Life. Still a good read though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Dixie | 2/5/2014

    " It starts off with the sheriff finding a 20 year old shot to death in a meth lab in a small Wyoming town. The Sheriff is dealing with a medical disease his father died of, his wife drinks too much, her daughter makes bone sculptures & is taking care of her aging Grandfather after she dropped out of college. The Gpa's lesbian sister comes to live with Gpa after her partner dies, and it goes on. Good stories about all the characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Missy | 2/1/2014

    " I did not read the first book in this series so I had some difficulty, at first, connecting the relationships between the characters. Once I figured that out - whose relationship effected whose -the reading their relationships became more meaningful. However, the dialogues were a bit flat. Especially the character's stream of consciousness dialogues, and preceived the female characters to be shallow in their communications with their males - other than the brother and sister characters...to me there characters were role reversed. "

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About the Author
Author Mark Spragg

Mark Spragg is the author of Where Rivers Change Direction, a memoir that won the Mountains & Plains Booksellers Award, and the novels The Fruit of Stone and An Unfinished Life, which was chosen by the Rocky Mountain News as the Best Book of 2004. All three were top-ten Book Sense selections. He lives with his wife in Wyoming.