The Painter

The Painter

Audiobook CD - 2014
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Random House, Inc.

Peter Heller, the celebrated author of the breakout best seller The Dog Stars, returns with an achingly beautiful, wildly suspenseful second novel about an artist trying to outrun his past.

Jim Stegner has seen his share of violence and loss. Years ago he shot a man in a bar. His marriage disintegrated. He grieved the one thing he loved. In the wake of tragedy, Jim, a well-known expressionist painter, abandoned the art scene of Santa Fe to start fresh in the valleys of rural Colorado. Now he spends his days painting and fly-fishing, trying to find a way to live with the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. He works with a lovely model. His paintings fetch excellent prices. But one afternoon, on a dirt road, Jim comes across a man beating a small horse, and a brutal encounter rips his quiet life wide open. Fleeing Colorado, chased by men set on retribution, Jim returns to New Mexico, tormented by his own relentless conscience.

A stunning, savage novel of art and violence, love and grief, The Painter is the story of a man who longs to transcend the shadows in his heart, a man intent on using the losses he has suffered to create a meaningful life.

Baker & Taylor
Struggling with dark impulses after serving time for attempted murder, a successful artist gives in to his obsessions to kill an abusive troublemaker before fleeing authorities and the man's vengeful clan.

Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2014
ISBN: 9780804190435
Branch Call Number: CDBOOK FIC HEL
Characteristics: 9 sound discs (11.5 hrs.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Deakins, Mark


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ermp Feb 19, 2015

Definite 4 stars. Good story, great narration, just what you want in an audio book.

Dec 17, 2014

A comment from "hard to please" - I did not find this the least bit interesting, lots of 4 letter words I don't normally object to except excessive & repetitious. Not a fan of bodice ripper books, leave something to my imagination please. I just want interesting story line & quality writing. Dumped it fairly quickly.

Aug 21, 2014

The reader adds tremendously to this interesting and thought-provoking novel. Looking forward to reading (listening) to more of this author's work, and also to hearing more of this reader's work. He is awesome. In my opinion the cover of this book doesn't do the story justice and had I been the author I would have been disappointed with the effort considering the depth of the effort it must have taken to write this book!

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