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Controlled Burn - Stories of Prison, Crime, and Men

Scott Wolven

Once or twice a decade, an unknown short-story writer blazes onto the literary scene with work that is thrilling and new. Scott Wolven is such a talent, and his raw, blistering tales of hard-bitten convicts, dodgy informers, and men running from the law make for "the most exciting, authentic collection of short stories I have read in years," says George Pelecanos. Brooding, edgy, and sometimes violent, Controlled Burn's loosely linked stories are each in some way a distillation of hard time - spent either in prison, the backwoods of Vermont, or the badlands of the American West. Peopled by boxers, drunks, truck drivers, murderers, bounty hunters, drifters traveling under assumed names, and men whose luck ran out a thousand miles ago, these stories feel hard-won from life, and if they are moody and stark, so too are they filled with human longing. Controlled Burn is divided into two sections: "The Northeast Kingdom" and "The Fugitive West." In each, Scott Wolven reveals a broken world where there is no bottom left to hit. In the haunting "Outside Work Detail," convicts stoically dig graves for their fellow prisoners yet reserve their deepest grief for the senseless death of a deer. "Crank" introduces Red Green, a maniacally brilliant addict who brews his own crystal meth in a backwoods lab, and whose high-energy antics inspire both cautious admiration and mortal fear in his business associates. In "Ball Lightning Reported," Red Green's ultimate fate is revealed. In "Atomic Supernova," a revenge-obsessed sheriff deputizes a known cop-killer to help him hunt down a counterfeiter and drug lord. The unexpectedly tender and heartbreaking "The Copper Kings" concerns a father facing the dark truth behind his son's disappearance. And in "Vigilance," a hunted man struggles to escape his past, always yearning for an honorable yet perhaps unreachable future. Powered by a spare, ruminative prose style that recalls the best of Denis Johnson and Thom Jones, Controlled Burn is an unforgettable debut.

Once or twice a decade, an unknown short-story writer blazes onto the literary scene with work that is thrilling and new. Scott Wolven is such a talent, and his raw, blistering tales of hard-bitten convicts, dodgy informers, and men running from the law make for "the most exciting, authentic collection of short stories I have read in years," says George Pelecanos. Brooding, edgy, and sometimes violent, Controlled Burn's loosely linked stories are each in some way a distillation of hard time - spent either in prison, the backwoods of Vermont, or the badlands of the American West. Peopled by boxers, drunks, truck drivers, murderers, bounty hunters, drifters traveling under assumed names, and men whose luck ran out a thousand miles ago, these stories feel hard-won from life, and if they are moody and stark, so too are they filled with human longing. Controlled Burn is divided into two sections: "The Northeast Kingdom" and "The Fugitive West." In each, Scott Wolven reveals a broken world where there is no bottom left to hit. In the haunting "Outside Work Detail," convicts stoically dig graves for their fellow prisoners yet reserve their deepest grief for the senseless death of a deer. "Crank" introduces Red Green, a maniacally brilliant addict who brews his own crystal meth in a backwoods lab, and whose high-energy antics inspire both cautious admiration and mortal fear in his business associates. In "Ball Lightning Reported," Red Green's ultimate fate is revealed. In "Atomic Supernova," a revenge-obsessed sheriff deputizes a known cop-killer to help him hunt down a counterfeiter and drug lord. The unexpectedly tender and heartbreaking "The Copper Kings" concerns a father facing the dark truth behind his son's disappearance. And in "Vigilance," a hunted man struggles to escape his past, always yearning for an honorable yet perhaps unreachable future. Powered by a spare, ruminative prose style that recalls the best of Denis Johnson and Thom Jones, Controlled Burn is an unforgettable debut.
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Once or twice a decade, an unknown short-story writer blazes onto the literary scene with work that is thrilling and new. Scott Wolven is such a talent, and his raw, blistering tales of hard-bitten convicts, dodgy informers, and men running from the law make for "the most exciting, authentic collection of short stories I have read in years," says George Pelecanos. Brooding, edgy, and sometimes violent, Controlled Burn's loosely linked stories are each in some way a distillation of hard time - spent either in prison, the backwoods of Vermont, or the badlands of the American West. Peopled by boxers, drunks, truck drivers, murderers, bounty hunters, drifters traveling under assumed names, and men whose luck ran out a thousand miles ago, these stories feel hard-won from life, and if they are moody and stark, so too are they filled with human longing. Controlled Burn is divided into two sections: "The Northeast Kingdom" and "The Fugitive West." In each, Scott Wolven reveals a broken world where there is no bottom left to hit. In the haunting "Outside Work Detail," convicts stoically dig graves for their fellow prisoners yet reserve their deepest grief for the senseless death of a deer. "Crank" introduces Red Green, a maniacally brilliant addict who brews his own crystal meth in a backwoods lab, and whose high-energy antics inspire both cautious admiration and mortal fear in his business associates. In "Ball Lightning Reported," Red Green's ultimate fate is revealed. In "Atomic Supernova," a revenge-obsessed sheriff deputizes a known cop-killer to help him hunt down a counterfeiter and drug lord. The unexpectedly tender and heartbreaking "The Copper Kings" concerns a father facing the dark truth behind his son's disappearance. And in "Vigilance," a hunted man struggles to escape his past, always yearning for an honorable yet perhaps unreachable future. Powered by a spare, ruminative prose style that recalls the best of Denis Johnson and Thom Jones, Controlled Burn is an unforgettable debut.

Language:

English

Narrators:

William Dufris

Length:

6h 4m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

06:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:49


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:13


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

06:40


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:04


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

03:25


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

04:03


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

06:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:44


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

06:46


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:31


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

03:54


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

06:05


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:08


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:21


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

06:32


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

03:37


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

03:57


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

03:16


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:48


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

05:51


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:03


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

03:20


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:48


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:54


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

06:34


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:17


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

03:11


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

06:35


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

03:22


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:13


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

06:30


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

03:45


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:38


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

03:31


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

03:57


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:43


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

03:03


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

05:53


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:47


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

03:55


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

03:35


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:10


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

06:34


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:56


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

06:40


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:58


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

06:23


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:09


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

06:29


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:58


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

04:59


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:29


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:35


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:49


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

03:41


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:46


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:26


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

06:57


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

03:40


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:38


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:03


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:20


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:00


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

06:30


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

06:36


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:30


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

06:57


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:00


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:20