Little Wolves

wolfpupsSet during a season of drought on the Minnesota prairie in the late 1980’s, Thomas Maltman’s “Little Wolves” weaves a story about a farmer who is trying to make sense of a heinous crime committed by his son, and a pastor’s wife, expecting her first child, who is drawn to the town in order to find answers to a mysterious past.  Award-winning author of “The Night Birds“, Maltman spins a tapestry of a tale woven through with imagery of the hard-scrable prairie farm life, the folklore of ancient Norse mythology, the commonality of the American small town, and the mysticism of Christianity.  It is full of compelling characters, both fallen saints and redeemed sinners, and driven by a compelling murder mystery.  I loved this book, and am looking for more of his works.  My only caution: if you like a mystery where all the loose threads are neatly tied up, you may feel the ending a bit unsatisfying.

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