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Crazy Bear Mark Rickman

Crazy Bear

Mark Rickman

Published October 14th 2011
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Kindle Edition
128 pages
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Unable to pull his life together after the death of his wife, Michael Brent neglects himself, his family and his work, resorting instead to the whisky bottle and recreating a formidable new version of his childhood hero, Crazy Bear.But he cannotMoreUnable to pull his life together after the death of his wife, Michael Brent neglects himself, his family and his work, resorting instead to the whisky bottle and recreating a formidable new version of his childhood hero, Crazy Bear.But he cannot conquer his nightmares, or his feelings of guilt and responsibility for her death. Only when he calls the police to report finding the body of a murder victim – and gets treated as the prime suspect – does he find the will to fight back.A page-turning thriller, a satisfying dark comedy, a breath-taking murder trial and a message of hope for anyone who has suffered the lingering death of a loved one – how can one book do all these things? Read ‘Crazy Bear’ and find out.Reviewers’ Comments:“Michael, who is one of the most well rounded fictional anti-heroes I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The writers characters are true human beings with every aspect of their lives, warts and all, revealed with astonishing clarity, thus allowing us to enter their world with trepidation, but also with disturbing ease. They live breathe and fart with the best and the worst of us. The evocation of the eponymous Crazy Bear is achieved with tremendous skill and therefore effect. Despite Crazy Bears somewhat brutal approach to dealing with Michaels problems, we find ourselves thinking of him as Michaels saviour- the only aspect of his semi-ruined existence that Michael can depend upon to be there, and truly on his side.” – Pam Eaves“For me, its main triumph is the characterisation of the hapless hero. You cant help but warm to Michael despite, or perhaps because of, his failings. The style of the book is very skilful in the way it reflects Michaels often drunken state of mind. And then, of course, theres the humour. A thoroughly enjoyable read.” – Sophie Shanahan“… such is the skill of Rickman’s characterisation, storytelling and writing style that we not only empathise but come to care a great deal about Michael. In fact, from very early on in the novella, I found myself admiring the widower and his fantastically fearless, no-holds-barred alter ego Crazy Bear.The story follows the 43 year old as he attempts – or more accurately is forced to attempt – to rebuild his life several years after his wife Margery’s death at just 38 years old from cancer. Helped – or hindered – by his well-meaning sister-in-law Delia and her plans to sort out his life and introduce him to new women, Michael reluctantly struggles to pull himself together. But this is not a recovery, learning to love again, romance. No, this is far more interesting. Take its realistic look at love, sex and relationships and add in the tensions of work, family and an ex-husband. Then throw in a murder, in which Michael becomes the prime suspect, and the real fun starts – without any slackening in characterisation and plausibility.This dark comedy/thriller/unique story in a genre of its own is so gripping and compelling that I literally couldn’t put it down. So much so, in fact, that I was almost late to pick up the children from school… - poet Sarah James