The Hunt Club by Bret Lott
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It started with a body, the head of it pretty much gone, the hands skinned. We found it the Saturday after Thanksgiving, out to Hungry Neck Hunt Club. Uncle Leland owns the Hunt Club, which might make him sound important, or rich. But he's not.

Huger Dillard is no ordinary fifteen-year-old from the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He may not have a father to help him grow up, but day-to-day guiding of his blind Uncle Leland--Unc, for short--and weekends spent at the Hunt Club have made him an expert on the habits of deer, the pompous attorneys and doctors of nearby Charleston, and the ways of the world. But with Unc's discovery of a mutilated body, Huger suddenly learns that he is expert at nothing--least of all his own life. Everything he knows and everyone he loves--Unc, his mother, his foundering teenage romance--is at risk, and Huger must use every ounce of resourcefulness and bravery to stay alive and protect what he believes in. Yet, when he finally discovers precisely what happened that Saturday morning, there is still one more secret to uncover, this one too dark, too deep, for him to even imagine.

From Bret Lott, the critically acclaimed author the Los Angeles Times called "one of the most im-portant and imaginative writers in America today," The Hunt Club is a novel of deft pacing and remark-able detail, and a sultry evocation of a land and culture that has existed for generations but soon may be lost forever.

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About Bret Lott

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Bret Lott is the author of the novels Ancient Highway, A Song I Knew by Heart, Jewel (an Oprah's Book Club selection), The Hunt Club, Reed's Beach, A Stranger's House, and The Man Who Owned Vermont; and the story collections A Dream of Old Leaves, How to Get Home, and The Difference Between Women and Men; the memoir Fathers, Sons, and Brothers; and the writing guide Before We Get Started. Formerly editor of The Southern Review, he was appointed to the National Council on the Arts in 2006. Bret Lott lives with his wife, Melanie, in Hanahan, South Carolina.
Published September 7, 2011 by Villard. 260 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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 A gifted and expert storyteller (Reed's Beach, 1993, etc.) takes a slightly different—and not altogether successful—turn in his first thriller, set in the lowlands of South Carolina.

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The publisher calls Lott's fertile new novel both a mystery and a thriller.

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The Hunt Club opens as though Lott were working from a how-to manual on Southern literature: Huger Dillard is a quiet, especially literate 15-year-old boy splitting time between his divorced mother's home in a poor section of Charleston, South Carolina, and his widowed, blind uncle's rural huntin...

Mar 29 2002 | Read Full Review of The Hunt Club: A Novel


The corpse which Huger discovers with his blind uncle, Leland, while setting up a deer hunt for the Charleston elite is but the first in a whole series of puzzles whose solutions, it turns out, only widen the broader mystery and provide young Huger a spitfire education in all the world's darkness...

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