© 2021 Boise State Public Radio
NPR in Idaho
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

James A. McLaughlin Shares His Debut Novel "Bearskin"


A literary thriller, Bearskin is set in the wilds of the Appalachian Mountains.  Rice Moore is the caretaker of this nature preserve, a man running from a sordid past, only to face a fresh crime perpetrated in his new stomping grounds: black market bear poaching.  With his past transgression gaining on him, Moore goes deep into the woods in his attempt to stop the killings. 

James A. McLaughlin’s essays and fiction have appeared in The Missouri Review, River Teeth, and elsewhere.  Bearskin, his first novel, has received praise from every corner of the literary scene, included in Amazon’s Best Mysteries and Thrillers of 2018, Southern Living’s Best Southern Books of the Year 2018, among other mentions.  McLaughlin holds law and MFA degrees from the University of Virginia.