099 — The Naturalist

Cover of Andrew Mayne's novel, The Naturalist.

Enjoy or anyway endure the bucolic splendor of Andrew Mayne’s … The Naturalist. Crisp, clean Montana air. Stars so clear and sharp they perforate your frontal lobes. The faintest tang of pine needles, the subtle rustle of a deer in a stand of trees, a tow-truck driver dressed as a bear strapping claws on to kill people … Wait. Come again?

If you’re ready to get your science on, then tuck your everyday carry into your lumbar satchel and get ready for the woods — they’re bloody, dark, and deep, and there are killers to catch before you sleep.


  • Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed
  • Jean Merrill, Pushcart War


  • “Raging River of Fear” by Captain Beyond
  • “I Wanna Be a Bear” by The Descendents
  • “Night Moves” by Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band