Wind in the Willows meets Fargo in ‘Ragged’

Wind in the Willows meets Fargo, in Ragged, the debut novel from Christopher Irvin.

Cal is a father grieving for his wife, lost to a mysterious case of rabies. As winter approaches, he must find out how she died, and protect his pups from a town that would turn them out into the cold.

Cal is a mutt with a violent past, one that he can’t seem to leave behind. As he races to find out the truth, before paranoia destroys his family, he is drawn towards a criminal empire, a ferocious gang of rats, weasels and stoats – murderers all.

Because the woodland community is fraying at the seams as rumours of infection and sickness spread like wildfire.

Anyone could be rabid. Anyone could turn violent at a moment’s notice. And the local trader who should be bringing much needed supplies to the community has vanished. With a long, hungry winter ahead, and the great brown bear asleep on the mountainside, can the town overcome its fears before it destroys itself?

One of the most innovative genre-bending novels of the year, Ragged is a compelling and entertaining debut from one of the most exciting new voices emerging from the new American weird literary scene.

Ragged by Christopher Irvin is available on 19 April 2022 from Titan Books.

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