Man in the Woods by Scott Spencer

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“A smart, haunting thriller with bass reverb and a pounding heart.”
—Jayne Anne Phillips, author of the National Book Award finalist Lark and Termite

Scott Spencer, the acclaimed author of Endless Love and A Ship Made of Paper, reaffirms his storytelling mastery with Man in the Woods—a gripping psychological thriller about a carpenter at loose ends and the crime of passion that radically reorders his world. Rudy Wurlitzer lauds Man in the Woods as a stunning work that offers “heartbreaking insights into the dark frailties of human nature,” and which he calls, “a page turner from beginning to end.” And New York Times bestselling author Francine Prose hails its achievement, writing, “In this brilliant novel, Scott Spencer further expands his range.”


About Scott Spencer

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Scott Spencer has worked as a character designer and sculptor at The Weta Workshop in Wellington, New Zealand, since 2009, most recently on The Hobbit. He has taught ZBrush digital sculpting at Gnomon since 2005 and was previously an artist at Gentle Giant Studios. His credits include films such as Alice in Wonderland, the game Golden Axe for Sega, and dozens of other projects. He is the author of ZBrush Character Creation and ZBrush Digital Sculpting Human Anatomy.
Published September 14, 2010 by HarperCollins e-books. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Nature & Wildlife. Fiction

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A Dostoyevskian complication drives the plot, as chance (or is it fate?) leads Paul to tragedy—an encounter with a stranger in the woods, a man beating his dog, that will change the lives of all concerned and upset the delicate balance that Kate and Paul have come to believe is their destiny.

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The murder in Scott Spencer’s 10th novel doesn’t act as a motor for the action; it glows like something toxic in the daily lives of the characters.

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Publishers Weekly

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Spencer portrays the dog's life minus the sentimentality and anthropomorphism forced upon animals in fiction, and ingeniously uses Shep in this compelling story's dénouement—which underscores how even the most loving relationship might not be able to redeem a deadly act.

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Entertainment Weekly

In his latest, Man in the Woods, Scott Spencer (Endless Love) revisits Kate, the seething alcoholic of 2003's National Book Award finalist A Ship Made of Paper.

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In Scott Spencer's new novel Man in the Woods , ordinary, cheerful, mild-mannered, Paul Phillips, is driving up the Saw Mill River Parkway from New York City one fall day when he decides to pull over at a state park and take a little walk.

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And he wishes suddenly, fervently, that there was a God looking on, with his eye on the sparrow and everything else, knowing what we did, what we meant, what we did not mean, what was deliberate, what was accidental, what was so perplexing and mixed you couldn’t with any confidence say what was w...

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Connie Ogle Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 3.5 of 5 Stars "The appeal of Man in the Woods comes from its execution--varied characters, sharp, wry observations about America on the cusp of the 21st century and a clever detective-story plot that hangs on that shaggy dog which becomes a favorite of Pa...

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The Miami Herald

The essence of what Spencer is trying to say in Man in the Woods sometimes get a little confusing, as when Paul wonders, ``How can we ever see ourselves, let alone see ourselves as others see us, when the person seeing is the same as the person seen?'' But then again, life is messy, death is m...

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