I read this about 20 years ago (90's or maybe late 80's). The main protagonist is a guy trying to get away from organised criminals. He moves to upstate New York (I think) to live in the woods and begins to experience strange goings on with Pan like supernatural beings.


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Sounds to me like Charles DeLint's Greenmantle from 1988, his second book. The protagonist was a former hit man trying to retire. He falls for his neighbor (who is being stalked by her ex-) and winds up getting involved in the mysteries of the deep woods.

Not far from the city there is an ancient wood, forgotten by the modern world, where Mystery walks in the moonlight. He wears the shape of a stag, or a goat, or a horned man wearing a cloak of leaves. He is summoned by the music of the pipes or a fire of bones on Midsummer's Evening. He is chased by the hunt and shadowed by the wild girl.

Greenmantle front cover

Several of the reviewers at Goodreads mention the mafia content (~1/2 the book) as well as the frequent use of the term "fercrissakes", which might be memorable to you.

  • I’ve added a summary from Goodreads and the summary from there. I tried adding the front cover image but I can’t seem to copy the larger image on my phone.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jul 10, 2018 at 20:02
  • That's it! As soon as I saw the title and cover it came back to me. Thanks very much.
    – Tim Ring
    Jul 11, 2018 at 23:49
  • Thanks, Carrot! Good edits, much appreciated.
    – docwebhead
    Aug 15, 2018 at 20:28
  • Glad to hear it, Tim! De Lint has a great storytelling style, he's in my Canadian SF Top Ten (along with Robinson, Huff, Harrison, Hughes...).
    – docwebhead
    Aug 15, 2018 at 20:55

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