The Signal (Hardcover)
June 2009 Indie Next List
“A fishing and back-packing trip into the mountains had become a ritual for Mack and his one-time wife, Vonnie -- however, their reunion not only engenders old feelings and personal troubles, but the probability of danger. This glorious novel encompasses the beauty of the outdoors while also portraying the dark side of human behavior.”
— Kathleen Dixon, Islandtime Books & More, Washington Island, WI
A beautifully written and suspenseful tale of love and peril by an award-winning writer
Backpacking into the Wind River Mountains on their tenth annual trip, Mack and his wife, Vonnie, find the magnificent woods and stunning mountains of Wyoming full of ghosts and danger. Mack comes from a long line of ranchers, and his dedication to keeping the family land has led him into penury and a life of crime. Vonnie is a fiercely intelligent, headstrong girl who came west for love, only to have it stolen from her bit by bit.
They've made this trip to say goodbye to each other, but as they navigate the trails they know so well, they come to understand the true nature of their wounds. And Mack has one more secret: he is trying to receive a signal and retrieve something that has fallen from the sky. It is a beacon that will lead them into a wood far darker than they've ever imagined. Ron Carlson's love for the mountains and his mastery of fiction radiate in the pages of this thrilling, fast-paced love story.
About the Author
Ron Carlson is the award-winning author of four story collections and four novels, most recently "Five Skies." His fiction has appeared in "Harper's, The New Yorker, Playboy," and "GQ," and has been featured on NPR's "This American Life" and Selected Shorts as well as in "Best American Short Stories "and "The O. Henry Prize Stories." His novella, "Beanball," was recently selected for "Best American Mystery Stories." He is the director of the UC Irvine writing program and lives in Huntington Beach, California.