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The Trail Paul Leroux is a serial killer wanted for murdering women in North Carolina When the police start to catch up with Leroux he panics and decides to escape to Canada on the Appalachian Trail where thr

  • Title: The Trail
  • Author: Ray K. Anderson
  • ISBN: 9781630269821
  • Page: 339
  • Format: Paperback
  • Paul Leroux is a serial killer wanted for murdering women in North Carolina When the police start to catch up with Leroux, he panics and decides to escape to Canada on the Appalachian Trail, where thru hikers use trail names and travel anonymously Leroux, who is overweight and unhealthy, struggles at first on the trail but begins to relax as he gets stronger and can utilPaul Leroux is a serial killer wanted for murdering women in North Carolina When the police start to catch up with Leroux, he panics and decides to escape to Canada on the Appalachian Trail, where thru hikers use trail names and travel anonymously Leroux, who is overweight and unhealthy, struggles at first on the trail but begins to relax as he gets stronger and can utilize the physical changes he gains from his intense hiking as a disguise His urge to kill, however, is invigorated by the nearness of female hikers, and his intention to stay away from them on his trip begins to weaken His life is further complicated when Desert Storm veteran Karl Bergman, who is also trying to escape his own failure, becomes suspicious of Leroux and begins to pay careful attention to his every move Leroux becomes increasingly panicked as he realizes that both Bergman and the police are close on his tail as he races to the border hoping to find a haven with his Canadian family In this cat and mouse thriller, Ray Anderson dives inside two men s minds as they struggle to fight their identities and confront their fears and internal turmoil.

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    1. Ok. I have never been on even a day hike so I went into this novel with no preconceived notions about hiking and whether it would serve as a good setting to interest me but I was surprised how much I enjoyed the book purely on the the hiking aspect. I thought it served as a fantastic setting for a thriller and I was thoroughly entertained.

    2. A tremendous first novel--hope there are more!Ray Anderson's debut novel THE TRAIL is an excellent read. Ray is an accomplished hiker and mountaineer, and he blends those skills with a truly suspenseful tale about the hunt for a serial killer loose on the Appalachian Trail. I learned a great deal about the techniques and traditions of the "through hikers", the people who are walking the entire AT from Georgia to Maine (or Maine to Georgia) and found it all fascinating.Anderson's ability to vivid [...]

    3. Creepy novel about a serial killer/stalker on the AT. Loved descriptions of the trail. Thoughts of serial killer, not so much.

    4. This was an engrossing book.Could not put it down. I guess partly because I am so familiar with Trail living near Blue Ridge Parkway. Well-written Mystery. Thank you.

    5. Ray Anderson has created a terrific blend of a serial killer thriller with first-hand expertise of the Appalachian Trail. Unique plot and well crafted characters. Ray keeps your attention with action and details. Look forward to his second book Sierra about the Pacific Coast Trail as the scene of another crime.

    6. Good read. Held my interest although I don't know if it would be as interesting to a non-hiker. Nice light read.

    7. Ray Anderson has written a lively tale about hiking the Appalachian Trail. But it is also a story of two men with major dysfunction in their lives. We quickly learn that Paul Leroux has major issues and a penchant for making things worse. The protagonist, Karl Bergmann, also has problems -- a tough back story from the first Iraq war and a tendency to overdo the booze. His life is a mess and he's left behind a girlfriend in Boston, Linda, who has had about enough of his antics. But he loves hikin [...]

    8. Karl Bergman is suffering from PTSD. He has nightmares and this has driven a wedge between him and his wife. Maybe a trip along the Appalachian Trail will get him back on track. Meanwhile, a brutal serial killer and rapist may have left too many clues behind when he committed his last crime. The police have a name and description. He also thinks disappearing on the AT might be a good way to make his way north and to family in Canada. With AWOL and Moonwalker moving north and both aware of the ot [...]

    9. I don't normally read thrillers, so perhaps my expectations are too high for this kind of material. But I found the writing to be brief and disorganized; the author would often tell you what people did, said, or felt rather than show you. As a social worker and researcher, the entire premise of why the man was a serial killer was trite, stereotypical, and inaccurate. The narrative was sympathetic to him, seeming to view the fact he was laughed at by women as an adolescent to be a valid reason on [...]

    10. Must disclose at the outset that "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson is one of my favorite all time books. At the same time I read books such as those by Greg Iles involving dark subject matter, such as serial killers. So I should love a well crafted book about a serial killer loose on the Appalachian Trail, right? Maybe it was like letting your peas get in your potatoes but I was troubled by the mix. That said, this is a very well done book written in two voices , that of the serial killer and [...]

    11. Okay, let me start out by saying I don’t love serial killer like plots, and I wanted to try one out, and I wasn’t sure if I would like it, so I was very pleased I did! The adventure and character development grows on you, and in such a way that you grow really strong feelings for the main characters. I loved the aspect of the Appalachian Trail. The fact that these two men were on this incredible journey, and to bring more drama, to add the serial killer and complicated lives of real characte [...]

    12. Told from three perspectives: Karl Bergman, a through hiker; Paul Leroux, a serial killer; and Chief Stevens, a policeman, keeping it interesting. The story unfolds along the Appalachian Trail, which Bergman, a trauma sufferer from Desert Storm, is hiking to find himself, hoping to get back together with his girlfriend. Leroux enters the trail, leaving a trail of blood behind him, trying to escape the law and get to safety in Canada. Along the way he meets other unsuspecting young women who he c [...]

    13. I received a copy of The Trail from Turner Publishing, in exchange for an honest review. The story unfolds along the Appalachian Trail, which Karl Bergman, a trauma sufferer from Desert Storm, is through-hiking, trying to work out his issues and get back together with his girlfriend. Serial killer, Paul Leroux, an out-of-shape chain smoker, enters the trail, trying to escape the law and get to Canada. Along the way he meets other unsuspecting young women and he can't resist. Chief of Police Stev [...]

    14. I surprised myself by really liking this book. The narrator is a flawed character and I hated the ending, but it was so readable I didn't, ultimately, care. Hiking the Appalachian Trail (or any other trail) is not something I aspire to. Camping, sure, but you can keep the blisters and the knee surgery and the GORP. However, by reading this book I got an insider's glimpse into long distance hiking that was eye opening and informative and entertaining. The author has hiked that trail and a few oth [...]

    15. An excellent fictional account of the AT. Prepare for a good thriller.I enjoy thrillers and The Trail was a good one. It had many twists and turns and always kept the reader guessing. I particularly liked the descriptions given of the areas being hiked. I felt and could envision what the hiker was experiencing. Never having hiked overnight, I felt what a thru hiker endured on his journey from Georgia to Maine. I recommend this book to all who love mysteries and thrillers. Hikers would also enjoy [...]

    16. I loved this book. I admit that I initially bought it because I have met Ray a few times and he is truly a good guy & gentleman. I am very happy for him. This book is amazing. As a hiker, I do enjoy reading about hiking. That may not be for everyone but the story includes hiking & the trail as an amazing backdrop with great characters. I was on the edge of my seat a bit & really wanted to avoid life to finish reading.

    17. A Real Thriller!I loved this particular thriller because it took place in a unique setting that set it apart from other thrillers. Also the author made the story and characters easy to follow and I was never taken out of the story because I didn't know who someone was. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good thriller!

    18. This is a great first book by Ray Anderson. It qualifies as a "thriller," rather than a mystery and it truly is. The suspense is delivered artfully. Can't wait for the next one. Don't think I'll read it while hiking, though.

    19. I had a hard time putting it down. It was enthralling in a strangely disturbing way. The fact that it all takes place on the Appalachian Trail drew me in even deeper.

    20. Intense ReadAnderson tells a great story against the backdrop of the AT. Suspenseful and riveting, this one was hard to put down. Can't wait to read the next one!

    21. One of the best thrillers I have read in a while. Super terrific read I hated to put the book down. It would make an awesome movie. Would def read this author again.

    22. Thru-hiker Knowledge and RealismI've hiked large parts of the AT & Mr. Anderson's knowledge is spot on. Kind of makes you wonder how he got to know the mind of Moonwalker?!

    23. Excellent, and creepy. This is the first book I've read by a local author here in Connecticut - fantastic.

    24. A fun read if you have hiked sections of the AT as you can picture where the hikers are. A murder mystery that will help you pass the time on the beach.

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