The men who set off from Tacoma, Washington State, on a hunting trip
in the high country formed an unlikely group. There was ex-GI Dan
Alders, his big brother Jack the loser, tough ex-Marine sergeant
McKlearey, Cal, the big-shot wheeler-dealer, and finally mild, henpecked
In town they had been held together by a mutual taste for beer, spirits and endless arguments – with a little lying and wife-stealing on the side. But now, high in the mountains on a test of endurance to see who could bag the biggest deer, everything was falling aprat.
As old jealousies were dusted off and forgotten hatreds revived, everyone knew an explosion was coming. No one knew who or what would survive. Only the tattered shreds of their pride kept them from giving up and returning...
David Eddings (1931–2009) was an American author. Eddings' first books were general fiction and sold moderately. He later switched to writing epic fantasy novels and achieved best-selling status. David Eddings' wife, Leigh Eddings (1937–2007), is uncredited as co-author on many of his early books, but he later acknowledged that she contributed to them all.
Born in Spokane, Washington, and raised in the Puget Sound area north of Seattle, he received his bachelor of arts degree from Reed College in Portland, Oregon, in 1954, and a master of arts degree from the University of Washington in 1961. He served in the United States Army, worked as a buyer for the Boeing Company, and was also a grocery clerk and a college English teacher.