- Publisher: Arkham House Publishers
- Editor: April Derleth
- Available in: Hardback
- ISBN: 0870541811
- Published: October 1, 2002
THE CLEANSING tells the story of a violent American Indian wolf god, Wanata, who comes to Earth to make humanity accountable for its abuses against nature.
As strange events unfold in Alaska, freelance journalist Savannah Channing is sent to investigate the story of a rampaging wolf pack systematically destroying entire villages. By the time she arrives, the devastation has spread into a horrifying holocaust that test the mettle of the military forces and a brutal bounty hunter they have employed.
Then Wanata’s cataclysmic mission goes terribly wrong. An Indian Shaman’s magic turns him into a mortal human and he is forced to interact with those he was sent to punish. He must use his wits to survive in a weaker human state while also holding his pack together.
Inexorably, Savannah and Wanata converge into a spine-chilling conclusion that is fresh and original and violent. The writing is taut and gripping. John Harvey tells his suspenseful, episodic drama through the eyes of Savannah and Wanata in such a cunning way that the reader is left in a state of unrelenting tension–anxiously craving for a sequel.