A man-eating tiger is on the prowl in Russia. John Vaillant's nature thriller has the myth and mystery of a spooky fairy tale, but this account of a Siberian tiger terrorizing the residents of a remote Russian village is no fiction. Primorye (also known as the Maritime Territory) is a sparsely populated region of Russia that borders on China, and a locale where illegal tiger poaching and trading is a common source of income.
Vaillant recounts the struggle between man and nature as a team of tiger trackers, including a man who usually works to study and protect the local tiger population, hunts down the powerful feline killer so vindictive that Valliant calls it a "weretiger." Inspired by Sasha Snow's documentary Conflict Tiger, Vaillant's book has been acclaimed nationally and internationally, and won a clutch of awards, including the B.C. National Book Award for Non-Fiction, the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Award, a Banff Mountain Festival Special Jury Prize, the CBA Libris Award for non-fiction, and the Sigurd Olson Nature Writing Award. The feature film rights were purchased this year by Brad Pitt.