By David Guterson
From the writer of the best-selling Snow Falling on Cedars, a stunning new novel approximately adolescence and idealism, maturity and its compromises, and powerfully various visions of what it capability to stay an exceptional life.
John William Barry has inherited the pedigree—and wealth—of of Seattle’s elite households; Neil Countryman is blue-collar Irish. however, whilst the 2 boys meet in 1972 at age 16, they’re introduced jointly by means of what they've got in universal: a fierce depth and a love of the outside that takes them, jointly and sometimes, into Washington’s distant backcountry, the place they have to depend upon their wits—and every one other—to survive.
Soon after graduating from collage, Neil units out on a direction that would lead him towards a lifestyles as a loyal schoolteacher and family members guy. yet John William makes a considerably assorted selection, dropping by the wayside of faculty and relocating deep into the woods, confident that it's the in basic terms solution to reside with no hypocrisy. while John William enlists Neil to assist him disappear thoroughly, Neil unearths himself drawn right into a internet of secrets and techniques and infrequently agonizing accountability, deceit, and tragedy—one that might eventually holiday open with a totally unforeseen, life-altering revelation.
Riveting, deeply humane, The Other is David Guterson’s so much remarkable and provocative novel so far.
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He fingered the dressing in the same absentminded manner that, as a kid, he’d played with a loose tooth: repeatedly testing the pain it caused. ” His head hurt less now, after a double dose of codeine. “Less than a minute. I was trying to decide if you were just deep in thought or dead. ” Jon laughed, which stirred up the pain. ” “Open your eyes, this is an official consult. ” Wayne moved his vertical finger to the right then to the left, observing Jon’s eyes. Then he turned the finger horizontal and moved it up and down.
How long was he unconscious? Minutes? Days? Fisher seemed to be waiting for . . What? Oh, yes, the question . . “An inch maybe . . maybe twenty pounds heavier than me. Muscle though, not fat. ” Fisher scratched the side of his jaw, considering something. ” “Dobbs is gay. ” D e ad E n d D e a l | 35 Jon felt uncomfortable discussing Wayne’s personal life behind his back. Then again, if it helped the investigation . . Besides, Wayne didn’t hide it. ” There it was: guilt by association. Even though this wasn’t the first time the question had been asked, it still pissed him off.
He paid the deposit in cash and didn’t buy insurance. ” “You talked to the clerk who rented it? ” Jesus! ” He squeezed the bridge of his nose again and shook his head, more irritated at his own lack of patience than Ritter’s accusatory tone. ” Fisher pushed out of the chair and arched his back, working on the ache burrowing in between his shoulders. “No, that’s not all. Let me assure you we take this case seriously. Both the University and Seattle cops are also all over it. Last night SPD had two detectives going door to door in your neighborhood asking if anyone remembered seeing anything out of the ordinary the past two weeks.