GHOST TROUT is a series of narratives and essays that chronicle the search for the rare Humboldt cutthroat trout, and rivers and streams and their relationship to people and birds and dogs and the human condition. Pieces of the past are mingled with lives and deaths and a long-ago memory of a dance performed by the daughter of the California poet, Joaquin Miller.
“Like a canvas that is painted with precise strokes, this set of narrative moments freezes your attention on universal images.” -Russell Chatham (writer and painter)
Russell Hill is the author of seven mysteries, a book of short stories and a novel, TOM HALL AND THE CAPTAIN OF ALL THESE MEN OF DEATH, as well as a book of essays, THE SEARCH FOR SHEEPHEAVEN TROUT. He has been nominated for the Edgar Allan Poe award by the Mystery Writers of America three times.
Other books by Russell Hill:
The Lord God Bird
Book and cover design by Lauren Grosskopf, Cover photo by Russell Hill
Back of book praise –
“The Egret is brilliant, concise, poetic, gritty and deceptively simple with all the dark undercurrents of anger and nostalgia.”
-Max Jourdan, London filmmaker
“The Lord God Bird is a breathtaking drama of nature’s mercurial glory and humankind’s grim folly. -Booklist
(The Heeler) “A sublime piece of writing, atmospheric and touching. A brilliant sense of literary balance. Fantastic.”
-Mike Hodges, director of Get Carter and Croupier
Jesse Kellerman, novelist of Sunstroke, Trouble, The Genius, The Executor, Potboiler, and with his father, Jonathan Kellerman, The Golem of Hollywood. –
It’s an extraordinary piece of writing. I know nothing about fly fishing. Many of the landscapes are unfamiliar to me (though a few I recognize). Yet I found myself deeply immersed and captivated and moved. The beauty of the language, its restraint, the deep and plainspoken thought—it’s almost like a book length poem, or a kind of koan. The people spring to life in startlingly few words. The image of your dying neighbor and his single light bulb stubbornly burning will stay with me forever. I’m so glad [Hill] wrote it and so glad that I read it. I hope it finds its way into people’s hands, because it deserves to be read.
Dick Doores, general contractor in Marin County –
What a splendid book! I read it slowly, a little bit each night before I went to sleep. I think my dreams were the better for it.