The Painter (Paperback)

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Peter Heller's writing is lyrical and intense.  He writes the outdoors so vividly, you can close your eyes and be there.  His descriptions of Jim while he paints are spot on. He tells of Jim's love for fishing with so well you can hear the fly hit the water. He speaks of Jim's raw ache for his lost daughter with such love that you can feel it.

He writes of the dark urges we all have. Some are buried deep, some so near the surface you can see them.


Heller's debut novel The Dog Stars was one of my favorite books in 2012.  The Painter promises to be one of my favorites for 2014.

Peter Heller is an outdoor writer who has contributed to Outside Magazine, Men's Journal among others.

— Sally


An "Must-Read" Book

After having shot a man in a Santa Fe bar, the famous artist Jim Stegner served his time and has since struggled to manage the dark impulses that sometimes overtake him. Now he lives a quiet life. . . until the day that he comes across a hunting guide beating a small horse, and a brutal act of new violence rips his quiet life right open. Pursued by men dead set on retribution, Jim is left with no choice but to return to New Mexico and the high-profile life he left behind, where he'll reckon with past deeds and the dark shadows in his own heart.

About the Author

Peter Heller is the best-selling author of The Dog Stars. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop in both fiction and poetry. An award-winning adventure writer and a longtime contributor to NPR, Heller is a contributing editor at Outside magazine, Men's Journal, and National Geographic Adventure, and a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek. He is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Kook, The Whale Warriors, and Hell or High Water: Surviving Tibet's Tsangpo River. He lives in Denver, Colorado.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780804170154
ISBN-10: 0804170150
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: March 3rd, 2015
Pages: 384
Language: English