Contrary to popular belief, not all loners have a pathological of social contact. "Some people simply have a low need for affiliation," says Jonathan Cheek, a psychologist at Wellesley College. "There's a big subdivision between the loner-by-preference and the enforced loner." Those who choose the living room over the ballroom may have inherited their temperament, Cheek says. Or a penchant for solitude could reflect a mix of innate tendencies and experiences such as not having many friends as a child or growing up in a family that values privacy.
Drifting into New Mexico Territory, Conrad Morgan, The Loner is turning his back on the past. Then he rides up on a wagon train of pioneers--and straight into an inferno of death and revenge. . . Out Of The Heat. Into The Fire. . .Led by a charismatic fool, a group of pioneers are crossing Apache territory, blind to the danger around them. The Loner would ignore the passing pilgrims if it weren't for a beautiful woman. Then, when he turns his back, the Apaches strike. The night is lit with an unholy fire. Mutilated bodies are left behind. And four women are taken prisoner across the Rio Grande. . .To go where no man should go alone, The Loner joins a brutal band of scalp hunters. His plan is to strike before a notorious Mexican slaver gets a hold of the captive women. But the first shots The Loner fires might be the easy ones. Getting out of Mexico alive--with two bands of enemies behind him and miles of desert straight ahead--will be the fight of The Loner's life. . .
Title: The Loner
Author: Ester Wier
Recommended Ages: 9 & up
Star Rating: ★★★★
Pam Norfolk of the gave the book a very positive reception: "Packed with characters from every walk of life and a storyline that moves from the dark streets of Edinburgh's underbelly to the sunlit countryside of Spain, The Loner sees Jardine as his enigmatic best." However, reviewing for , John O'Connell was generally unenthusiastic about its content: "For the most part it's a sentimental coming-of-age story narrated by Xavi (as he's known) with all the brio of a Christmas round robin." The online crime and thriller ezine was more positive, describing as a "book of two halves": "It foregoes pace and quick kicks in favour of a slow-burn that cleverly hides the shocks to come in its narrative...The Loner is a genre-defying novel, with a depth beyond the remit of many crime stories."