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'The Tiger also counts as a supreme example of true-crime writing driven by wide-angle empathy and compassion. Some readers may choose to shelve it, not among cosy wildlife yarns, but with Truman Capote's In Cold Blood.' -- Boyd Tonkin, Independent 'This is an altogether different kind of manhunt story ... The pursuit culminates in a breathtaking stand-off of man versus cat in a forest clearing - a denouement every bit as explosive and surprising as the raid in Abbottabad earlier this week.' -- Hampton Sides, Wall Street Journal 'A personal favourite of mine, an extraordinary account of a tracker on the trail of a Siberian man-eating tiger in 1997. Along the way we get a load of tiger facts and a beautiful portrait of a forbidding region. It is a stunning, lovely, lovely book.' -- Bookseller 'extraordinary ... a brilliantly told tale of man and nature' -- Tim Flannery, New York Review of Books 'a remarkable story, exceptionally well told.' -- Financial Times 20100913 'The Tiger is the sort of book I very much like and rarely find. Humans are hard-wired to fear tigers, so this book will attract intense interest.' -- Annie Proulx 20100913 'The Tiger takes us on a journey to the raw edge of civilization, to a world of vengeful cats and venal men, a world that, in Vaillant's brilliant telling, is simultaneously haunting and enchanting.' -- Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers 20100913 'This book must be read by everybody who is interested in the conservation of wildlife. It takes you to the Russian wilderness to meet face-to-face with the Siberian tiger.' -- Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation 20100913 'An absolutely superb book.' -- George Schaller, Wildlife Conservation Society & Panthera 20100913 'A masterpiece' -- Outside 20100913 'Brilliant' -- US Library Journal 20100913 'Few writers have taken such pains to understand their monsters, and few depict them in such arresting prose.' -- New York Times Book Review 20101003 'instant classic' -- Calgary Herald 20100909 'astoundingly gripping' -- Toronto Star 20100910 'read this fine, true book in the warmth, beside the flicker of firelight. Read it and be afraid. Be very afraid.' -- Simon Winchester, Globe and Mail 20100903 Breathtakingly exciting -- Vancouver Sun 20100904 'A hair-raising tale in which conservation, madness and even murder collide.' -- Montreal Gazette 20100828 'fascinating and compelling plot' -- Ottawa Citizen 20110912 'Overall, this is a superb book -- hyper-intelligent, wonderfully well-written, with a great cast, both human and animal, and at its heart, the amazing and truly chilling story of one tiger's winter campaign of murderous revenge.' -- Daily Mail 20100827 'Riveting' -- The Washington Post 20100829 'Not so incidentally, if ever a nonfiction author has used the techniques of fiction any better to recount a real-life narrative, it is difficult to imagine who that author would be.' -- The Seattle Times 20100830 By all means read Vaillant's magnificent book about the animal: The Tiger offers readers a shiver-inducing portrait of a predator that has been revered - and feared - like no other animal. -- San Francisco Chronicle 20100929 'Enthralling' -- Christian Science Monitor 20100831 'Writing in a vigorous, evocative style ... Vaillant paints a haunting portrait of man's vexed relationship with nature.' -- Publishers Weekly 20100831 'Brad Pitt has bought the movie rights to "The Tiger," but with all due respect to Mr. Pitt, there's no way the movie will match Mr. Vaillant's book.' -- Washington Times 20100910 'part natural history, part Russian history and part thriller; it tells a gripping and gory story of what it's like to stalk - and be stalked by - the largest species of cat still walking the Earth.' -- National Public Radio (USA) 20100910

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The gripping true story of the hunt for a man-eating tiger across the forbidding landscape of Russia's Far East...

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The gripping true story of the hunt for a man-eating tiger across the forbidding landscape of Russia's Far East...

About the Author

John Vaillant is the award winning author of The Golden Spruce. He has written for The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Outside, National Geographic and Men's Journal, among other publications. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his wife and children.

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Canadian author John Vaillant writes with a great sense of mood, place and pace. This is a chilling and gripping story. - The Sunday Telegraph It has drama, immediacy and is highly atmospheric. - The Age John Vaillant has written a chilling and gripping story about predators and prey, humans and animals, in a strange and forbidding landscape. - The Sunday Mail Brisbane Vaillant has achieved a difficult goal, maintaining compassion and sympathy for all involved: poachers, villagers, law officers, and the tiger itself...a lyrical, gripping, lovely read. - Courier Mail Vaillant's absorbing, insightful epic describes a drama as old as humanity. - Adelaide AdvertiserThe Tiger is the sort of book I very much like and rarely find. Humans are hard-wired to fear tigers, so this book will attract intense interest. - Annie ProulxWriting in a vigorous, evocative style . . . Vaillant paints a haunting portrait of man's vexed relationship with nature. - Publishers WeeklyThis book must be read by everybody who is interested in the conservation of wildlife. It takes you to the Russian wilderness to meet face-to-face with the Siberian tiger. - Temple Grandin, author of Animals in Translation

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