Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 12/27/2013

Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 334
ISBN : 9781490719870
Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 334
ISBN : 9781490719856
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 334
ISBN : 9781490719863

About the Book

The international animal trafficker known as The Rooster sights his rifle on a black bear rooting for grubs in a decaying silver maple tree in the woods of Nebraska. Black bear organs fetch a high price on the black market. Hiding nearby, investigative reporter Alexander Henry trains his camera on The Rooster. Suddenly, a massive cloud of leaves and debris swarms over The Rooster. The startled bear runs away from the commotion, directly towards Alexander Henry’s hide. Despite his fear that The Rooster may have discovered him, Mr. Henry decides that encountering the frightened bear is a bigger threat and bolts away. As he jumps a fallen log, a searing pain shoots down his leg. Someone has shot the reporter with a tranquilizer dart. When the drug wears off, Mr. Henry finds himself a captive in an underground cell. But why would anyone want to hold him prisoner? In answer, a Jacob’s slot on the solid prison door opens, and in waddles a badger. The baffled and alarmed reporter now wonders, “Why would they stick a live badger in a prison cell with me?” So he holds out his hands in a non-threatening manner, and attempts to befriend the badger. “There there. Good girl. Nice badger. I will not hurt you.” The badger rises up on her hind legs, eyes the man curiously, and places her paws on her hips. “Mr. Henry,” the badger replies. “We should be making those same assurances to you.”

About the Author

Driving through the Minnesota countryside during a college break, my girlfriend (now wife) and I stumbled upon a massive beast lying on the side of the road. It was a large badger. We wondered about this animal’s backstory. What was he doing? Where was he going? Did he have family? This began a research project that stretched from Minnesota to Texas A&M University. Technical papers were devoured. People who had welcomed badgers into their homes were interviewed. The gruesome history of badger-baiting was uncovered. Eventually, a story began to emerge. The characters are fictional, and necessarily humanized, to draw the reader into the world of the badger. But the life of the badger is opened to the reader. When the research was complete, the story itself was mostly written during a period of life where we lived in New Orleans. During lunch, I would steal away to the Mississippi River, and on the levee banks the story of Trupela and Brata and Thing-In-Itself revealed itself. The final draft was written at the Laura Plantation, where the Stories of the South were originated giving us such memorable characters as Brer Rabbit, Brer Bear and Brer Fox. My family now lives in Japan. Temporary expats in a foreign land.