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In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts a twilight glow over the imposing mountains and vistas of Montana's Glacier National Park. When firefighters are called in to dig fuel line breaks near the small town bordering the park, a crew member is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains.

Park police officer Monty Harris is summoned to the site to conduct an excavation. But with a 2,500-degree incendiary monster threatening to barrel through the town and no forensic detective on hand, Monty must work outside protocol. So he seeks help from Gretchen Larson, the county's lead crime scene investigator and someone on whom Monty feels he can rely.

The two are working against the clock to determine the true identity of the victim when a teenager suddenly disappears from one of the campgrounds in Glacier. Could the cases somehow be connected? As chances for recovery of the missing boy grow slimmer and the FBI finds only dead ends, Gretchen and Monty desperately race to fit all the pieces together in time.

The Weight of Night is Christine Carbo's latest book in a series that "paints a moving picture of complex, flawed people fighting to make their way in a wilderness where little is black or white" (Publishers Weekly). This gripping thriller is a tribute to the power of family, set against one of America's most majestic and unforgiving landscapes.

©2017 Christine Carbo (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Lia
  • Sutton, Australia
  • 08-21-17

Another Good Installment To The Series

I have listened to Christine Carbo's first two novels, The Wild Inside and Mortal Fall, and loved them so I looked forward to a third with great anticipation. I have not been disappointed. Carbo seems to get better with each book and The Weight of Night is my favorite of the series so far.

Like the previous two books, The Weight of Night takes place in and around Glacier National Park in Montana. It's fire season and the forest fires are raging out of control. Amidst the conflagration, firefighters unearth a shallow grave containing human remains. Monty Harris, a Park Police Officer, and Gretchen Larson, a crime scene investigator, are called in to excavate the remains and discover who they belong to and how they got there. In the midst of all this a boy vacationing in Glacier Park with his family goes missing and Monty and Gretchen have to work fast to find him.

Monty and Gretchen are characters from the previous two books, and in this third one we learn a lot more about Gretchen and her interesting and tragic past.

Carbo is a wonderful writer. Her descriptive prose is just beautiful and gets better with every book. I've seen her compared to C.J.Box and Nevada Barr, but those comparisons are flawed. Yes, she sets her novels in a National Park in the West, but that's where the similarities end. Carbo is a much more talented writer than either of them. Her prose is disciplined and beautiful. Her development of and insights into her characters is more profound and illuminating. While I love her skill at crafting mystery plots and maintaining suspense, I would listen her work even if she didn't write thrillers.

R. C. Bray and Sarah Mollo-Christensen were really good with the delivery of the story

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OK, But Predictable

It's a decent story that you've heard before: a dead body has someone reviewing old case files and it turns out there's a serial killer in town. The team on the case (a National Park ranger and the head of the county's CSI team) both have damaged pasts that they are forced to address. A boy is missing who could be another victim. The killer is someone that no one would expect. Oh, and because the ranger is a man and the CSI lady is a woman there is some unspoken sexual tension that never gets addressed. (Maybe in the next book.)

This is the 3rd book in a series focused in and around Glacier National Park. In the first 2 books, Glacier was an organic part of the story. But this one feels like it could be set in any small town in America. Yes, there is a forest fire that sets the story in motion and is in the background, but that's about it.

Still, you want to know whodunit, right? And you want to know how they're going to be defeated. So I hung in there and then, in the ultimate showdown between good and evil - the author cuts the scene! Seriously, one minute the CSI lady is in extreme jeopardy up against the killer and the next minute she's walking out of a building having defeated him. I actually re-listened to that segment because I was sure my mind had wandered and I missed something. Nope, it just skips over the most important scene in any murder mystery. (I'm writing it here in the review and I still can't believe the author did that.)

It's a good story, but not great or very original. (Nevada Barr still sets the bar for National Park mysteries.) It took me a while to get used to the female narrator's Norwegian accent, but after I did I enjoyed her sections as much as those narrated by R. C. Bray.




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Superb narration

All of the books in this series have been wonderful -- well written and engrossing. This third one is especially fine. It has many layers of meaning which is unusual for a mystery, but the literary quality never gets in the way of a great story.

The two narrators are among the best I have heard. They are amazing at producing different identities for their characters, and their mastery of accents is impressive.

I highly recommend this one.

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A lot of feels

I forgot how navel-gazey these things are. And Carbo seems to be taking a page from Tana French’s playbook by featuring a minor character from a previous book. So far each book has had a different lead, but continues with other characters so you get to know them all. Some too much though. Gretchen’s situation is awful, but damn do we get drenched with that deluge over and over and over. It needed some trimming. The title refers to her situation and her extreme sleep disorder. At least Monty kept his agony over his ex-wife to a minimum. Not sure I’ll continue since I don’t love the excessive feels and introspection, but the setting continues to be interesting and the solutions plausible.

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CC + RC + SMC - a winning combo

We really enjoy Christine's work, and of course RC Bray, accompanied by a delightful and deep Sarah Mollo-Christensen deliver!

The theme is redemptive and the plot line thoughtful and tight.

**SPOILER ALERT**




The choice of the Pastor as the ultimate villain felt a little knee-jerk to me. Despite popular opinion religious conviction does not normally accompany fanatic lunacy - in fact a quite opposite correlation is much more often true. Far more likely is a drug-fueled, family-drama or just plain human trafficking abduction, far far more likely than some poor,
horrific and malnourished interpretation of Genesis 22 - just sayin'

Peace! Thanks for your wonderful work Christine!


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Best One Yet

This is the third book by Christine Carbo and I think it's her best. The introduction of Gretchen with her unique history provided a fascinating , dramatic and original storyline . I also think the two narrators were excellent . I really hope Ms Carbo gets the serious recognition her literary skills deserve . Can't wait for her fourth .

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Carbo does it again!

If you love nature and suspense, Carbo's books are for you. Her descriptions of Montana are as glorious as the state itself and the stories are complex and suspenseful.

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Disappointed with this novel

Very slow going with a weak story. The female reader had a very annoying voice and she had to read the weakest parts of the novel. She had to repeat her past over and over again and it really took away from the story which was weak to begin with.

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Great book

Listened to all 3 of her books. This one was the best one yet. Can’t wait for the next. Think I found a new author to follow.

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Great series

Really enjoy this series. If you like Nevada Barr and others authors who write mysteries set in our beautiful state parks, you'll enjoy this series as well.

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  • a mitchell
  • 10-09-17

Really disappointed

I loved the first 2 books in this series. They were really believable and the descriptions of the park were very vivid.

this book was nothing like the others. The back story on Gretchen was really unnecessary and not at all unbelievable. It totally detracted from the rest of the book. It irritated me so much I ended up skipping chunks.

real shame as I thoroughly enjoyed the first books.

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  • R. E. Edeson
  • 09-16-17

Brilliant couldn't wait to get back in the car and listen

Third and best so far in the series hoping for more of Monty Kirsten and Glacier National Park

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  • Rup1969
  • 07-26-17

a wonderful end to the trilogy.

Great story my favourite of the three. missed a few hours sleep... a bit more

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  • Mr Patel
  • 07-23-17

Great story and narration

Good story with good narration. Both characters stood out and the overall story wasn't too predictable.