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CONTROLLED BURN: STORIES OF PRISON, CRIME, AND MEN
Author: Scott Wolven
Publisher: SIMON & SCHUSTER, Apr 2005
Wolven takes us deep into the lives spent inside & outside prison, & reveals a world of hard & hurt men for whom there is no bottom left to hit. 6x9 inches, 224 pgs.
In the haunting "Outside Work Detail," men stoically dig graves for their fellow convicts & reserve their grief for the senseless death of a deer.
WHAT THE EXPERTS ARE SAYING:
Controlled Burn is good. Very good. Remarkable, actually. Tough, gritty, and honest -- reminiscent of Hemingway with a little bit of John Steinbeck. Scott Wolven writes about an America that few of us have ever seen--and he writes about it from first-hand experience. - Nelson DeMille
It has been at least a few years since a story collection gripped me from first to last. The drought has ended, and now I will read this book again. The wisdom, love, and depravity of convicts, boxers, cranksters, loggers, and drunks fill the stove of this fine book so that long after you finish the last story, Scott Wolven's savage and lovely characters and crystalline prose will burn through your heart. - Anthony Swofford author of Jarhead
Scott Wolven's tales are tough, unsentimental, and completely earned. This is the most exciting, authentic collection of short stories I have read in years. - George Pelecanos
Scott Wolven's stories are torn road maps leading into an adrenalin-fueled land of the lost. Ever since I first read "the Copper Kings," an early story, I've been addicted to his fierce insights and fascinated by the way a strange sweetness underpins the violent macho trappings of his beyond-the-law, hard-case men on the run. - Michele Slung editor of Stranger and I Shudder at Your Touch
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Scott Wolven has worked as a logger, a creative-writing teacher, and an adverstising salesman. His short stories have been selected three years in a row for The Best American Mystery Stories(2002, 2003, 2004). He lives in upstate New York.