Buckingham, Royce Scott. Impasse. New York: Thomas Dunne: St. Martin's. March 2015. 304p. ISBN-13: 978-1-250-01154-1. $25.99. ebk. ISBN 978-1-250-02106-9. Fiction

Stuart Stark is an understandably cautious man. Fired from the Bristol County, MA, DA’s office for botching a case that allowed a murderer to go free, he now practices civil law with Clayton Buchanan, who is willing to overlook not only the finer points of the law but ethics as well. When the two men come to an impasse over their fee in a liability case, Clay decides risk-averse Stu needs an adventure to rediscover his manhood. But what was supposed to be a joint hunting trip to a remote cabin in Alaska turns into a terrifying ordeal when Stu, dropped off alone in the interior with winter coming on and no cabin in sight, soon realizes that the float plane is not coming back. VERDICT Older readers may recall Frederick Manfred’s Lord Grizzly, based on the real-life frontiersman Hugh Glass, left for dead after a grizzly bear attack. Buckingham (Demonkeeper, The Terminals) spins an equally tense but thoroughly modern thriller of survival and revenge in which a man is forced to confront both deadly peril in the wild and a sadistic manipulator and unfaithful wife at home. Highly recommended for those who enjoy men’s adventure.

Library Journal, 140, no. 2 (February 1, 2015), 76.

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