A wildlife biologist's shocking death leads to chilling discoveries in Christine Carbo's haunting and compelling new crime novel set in the wilds of Glacier National Park.
Glacier National Park police officer Monty Harris knows that each summer at least one person - be it a reckless, arrogant climber or a distracted hiker - will meet tragedy in the park. But Paul "Wolfie" Sedgewick's fatal fall from the sheer cliffs near Going-to-the-Sun Road is incomprehensible. Wolfie was an experienced and highly regarded wildlife biologist who knew all too well the perils that Glacier's treacherous terrain presents - and how to avoid them.
The case, so close to home, has frayed park employee emotions. Yet calm and methodical lead investigator Monty senses in his gut that something isn't right. So when whispers of irresponsibility or suicide emerge, tarnishing Wolfie's reputation, Monty dedicates himself to uncovering the truth - for the sake of the man's family and to satisfy his own persistent sense of unease.
Monty discovers that Wolfie's zealous studies of Glacier's mysterious, embattled wolverine population, so vital to park ecology, had met resistance, both local and federal. To muddy the waters further, a wilderness facility for rehabilitating troubled teens - one that Monty's older brother attended - may have a disturbing connection to the case. As Monty delves further into an investigation that goes deeper than he ever imagined, he wrestles with the demons of his past, which lead back to harsh betrayals he thought he'd buried long ago.
And then a second body is found.
©2016 Christine Carbo (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I will buy her next one, give another chance, in case she brings back the magic of Montana portrayed in Wild Inside, which was exquisite. This one seemed more like it began and ended in Montana but the rest was a lot of dialogue, driving around, and with flashbacks that didn't seem plausible. One of my main criticisms is how several characters sounded like they were reading direct quotes from Audubon or the Sierra Club magazines. People express opinions, but with less technical descriptions on environmental issues. Sure, I expect Fish and Wildlife employees to spout forth with life histories of wolverines, etc, but not guys in bars and hippies living near the park. I am an environmentalist, and did enjoy learning about wolverines, but the dialogue from too many person sounded like it was being read from sources as I mentioned above. The narrator was very good, maybe another Will Patton in the making.
I loved Carbo's first book The Wild Inside and had hoped for more along those suspenseful lines. However, Mortal Fall, to me is so slow, so wordy, and so boring I'm not sure I can get past the 8 hour point. The writing lacks the beauty and poetic descriptions of wild Montana and Glacier National Park that filled book one. It leans heavily on flash backs and wooden dialogue. The character relationships are unbelievably superficial.
I find myself wondering if writers aren't pushed to produce books for a series faster than they are capable of managing. After all, well thought out mysteries take time to create, plan and ponder. This entry in the series is so loosely connected that at times I couldn't follow the vague, wandering story line. After eight hours of this I'm not sure I care enough to continue trying. This novel of "suspense" seems to be all talk and no action let alone suspense. Sadly, I can't recommend this book. In my opinion, it's just too boring and a waste of valuable time.
Good suspense, believable characters.
I just discovered Christine Carbo and can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
As someone who grew up in the mountains of Idaho and Utah and recently took a job in Houston this book really takes me back to the mountains. It makes me feel at home... With the exception of all the murder, lies and deception. Can't wait for more!
I love Montana, the mountains, the wilderness. For that reason, I was able to stick with "Mortal Fall" until the end.
I was disappointed. This one just didn't have the suspense and didn't engage me like her first wilderness thriller. There was a prologue that was a distant connection, and I didn't feel like I was in Montana this time around.
RC Bray.. is always a good choice for narrator, and this novel was no exception.
Keep them coming Carbo. I definitely will be buying the next one.
I think the premise could have made a good book, but the character hardly seemed like a hardy outdoorsman, with too much baggage to be able to focus on solving any crimes.
The narration was very monotone and I felt like I was listening to Joe Friday from Dragnet. But the one thing I dislike about any mystery is when it is solved in the last chapter by a stroke of luck. It seems more like a novel based on character development than an actual suspenseful mystery story.
A very enjoyable and suspenseful thriller set in one of the most beautiful parts of this country. Great characters and some interesting plot lines running a among them.
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