The Guide by Peter Heller

Published: 2021 1. First lines. 2. Cover: Penguin Random House 3. Fly fishing [Public Domain] via Wikimedia 4. No trespassing [Public Domain] via Pixabay

Jack has started work as a fishing guide at the exclusive Kingfisher Lodge in Colorado. Guests and staff are encouraged to keep within the boundaries of the property, with warnings of an aggressive neighbour who is prone to shooting at trespassers. Jack and his client Allison are suspicious about the behaviour of the staff and management at the Lodge, and discover some very disturbing and sinister goings-on.

“A fire was good company.”

BOOK SNAPS: “Flat dialogue and implausible plot elements” (NY Times) make this a mediocre thriller. The whole premise is bizarre, and not quite believable. Still, the setting is brought to life with “long, descriptive passages that create a vivid sense of place and action” (Kirkus).


“He closed his eyes. he smelled the warm pine needles on the sandy track and heard the muffled rush of the river reverberating in its bed and murmured, ”You’re all right. New gig, couple months, knee deep in a river. What could be better?” And he almost believed it.”

“On her third long cast she made a beautiful throw all the way across the river and six inches upstream from a silently spreading ring; and the hit was so fast and hard, the gulp on the surface so loud they heard it above the current and they both shouted. And the line went taut and the rod tip tugged down hard and quivered and the fight was on.”

”Two men in black caps, not the bearded one, were dragging someone out of the barn by the armpits.”

Author: Peter Heller

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