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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (91 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Scott Wolven Narrator: William Dufris Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Once or twice a decade, an unknown short-story writer blazes onto the literary scene with work that is thrilling and new. Brooding, edgy, and sometimes violent, Controlled Burn’s loosely linked stories are each in some way a distillation of hard time—spent either in prison, the backwoods of Vermont, or the badlands of the American West. Peopled by boxers, drunks, truck drivers, murderers, bounty hunters, drifters traveling under assumed names, and men whose luck ran out a thousand miles ago, these stories feel hard-won from life, and if they are moody and stark, so too are they filled with human longing. Controlled Burn is divided into two sections: “The Northeast Kingdom” and “The Fugitive West” In each, Scott Wolven reveals a broken world where there is no bottom left to hit.

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  • “Dufris masterfully embodies each character with a hard-edged truthfulness.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by J. Alan | 8/26/2013

    " The world of Scott Wolven's loggers, drug runners, burnouts and fighters inspires itself--bad guys doing bad things. Its characters are their own misguided heroes, and it was clearly written by a person who wrote the book he wanted to read. There's something to be said for that. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Scott Sanders | 4/19/2012

    " Some stories were excellent, others just so-so. I would like to read a new collection by him if it comes out. I like his hard-hitting prose. Tough, gripping, outdoor literature like Pinckney Benedict, Breece Pancake, or Larry Brown. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Stanley Hagyard | 4/4/2012

    " i liked this. i liked the speed-freaks and misfits and weird scenery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by John | 12/21/2010

    " I've already read many of Scott Wolven's short stories in the annual Best American Mysteries series edited by Otto Penzler et al. This is a great collection of short stories for anyone who appreciates gritty literary fiction. Can't wait for his next book. "

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About the Author
Author Scott Wolven

Scott Wolven lives in upstate New York. His work has been selected three years in a row for the Best American Mystery Stories for 2002, 2003, and 2004.