Death Canyon: A Jake Trent Novelby David Riley Bertsch
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The debut novel—“a true thrill ride” (Suspense magazine)—in the series featuring prosecutor-turned-Wyoming-fishing-guide Jake Trent: “a twisting, turning, murderous tale that thriller readers will love” (New York Times bestselling author Michael McGarrity).
It’s early summer in Jackson, Wyoming, where former prosecutor Jake Trent has left the law behind to pursue his dream: becoming a fishing guide and opening a small bed-and-breakfast in the West. Now three seemingly unrelated deaths have occurred in one day—unheard of in the scenic valley of Jackson Hole—disrupting Jake’s idyllic new life.
A skier perishes in a freak late-season avalanche. A French couple is discovered mutilated on a remote trail—presumably by a bear. And on the Snake River, Jake stumbles across the body of an expensively attired fisherman. Meanwhile, a series of small earthquakes—not to mention a bitter dispute between land developers and environmentalists—has left the townspeople uneasy.
Before long, the plausible explanations for each death dissolve. Could there be a sinister connection among them? When fresh evidence points to Jake as a suspect, he goes on the defensive. Is someone out to frame him? Jake teams up with beautiful park ranger Noelle Klimpton to get to the bottom of this series of disturbing events. The trail leads right to the region’s crown-jewel attraction: Yellowstone. With “all the elements of a successful thriller” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette), Death Canyon features “evocative Rocky Mountain themes, a spot-on sense of place, brilliant fly-fishing scenes and characters you just want to root for” (New York Times bestselling author C.J. Box).
This debut mystery and series launch introduces attorney–turned–fishing guide Jake Trent, park ranger Noelle Klimpton, a series of murders, criminals of all varieties, energy companies, land development versus preservation issues, and the breathtaking landscapes of Wyoming’s Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. Trent’s past life as an investigator helps him piece together clues from a presumed bear mauling, a skier’s death, and a drowning but also puts him in the crosshairs of the local police. Why does someone want Trent out of the picture? The author, a former lawyer, eases into the plot with its labyrinth of interconnected characters and events, He then propels the book into nonstop action to the finish as Trent discovers why he is being framed for murder and why the Greater Yellowstone ecosystem is being rocked by a series of earthquakes.
Verdict Fans of C.J. Box and Nevada Barr will relish this new sleuth of the great outdoors. Adding to the appeal of this fresh series is Bertsch’s skillful depiction of the allure of the wide open spaces of the West and its regenerative powers for his characters. Adventure, current environmental issues, and love are all a part of the package.Patricia Ann Owens, formerly with Illinois Eastern Community Colls., Mt. Carmel
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Meet the Author
David Riley Bertsch, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated from Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Since 2009 he has lived in Jackson, Wyoming, where he is a professional fly-fishing guide. He is the author of Death Canyon and River of No Return.
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Found this book at an Inn in Jackson, Wyoming, having just come from Yellowstone Park. The name of the book caught my eye as it is the name of a trail hiked in the Tetons. Ordered it as soon as I got home and loved it. It is a great mystery but the real pleasure is in having just experienced the beautiful places written about in the novel. Jake Trent is a good character, and just enough character development to make the reader want more. I look forward to the next in this series.
Jake Trent a retired attorney turned fishing guide just can't leave his old investigative job alone, and looks into some strange deaths in Jackson Hole where he lives, one of the victims he finds himself. Jake is not alone, Noelle Klimpton a park ranger is also curious and teams up with Jake to try and solve the mysterious deaths. All the time minor earthquakes continue to increase in frequency and intensity, adding tension to the already tense situation. The author builds up suspense very well producing an excellent page turner with no dull chapters. He also explores the concept of governments working on projects behind the public's back, starting with good intentions but losing the plot. I recommend you read this and be well entertained whilst exploring the countryside of Wyoming
DEATH CANYON is a smart, tension-packed, well-written thriller set in picturesque Jackson Hole, a place that the author knows well. Bertsch does an excellent job painting Jackson as a place where nature still plays a dominant role in human life otherwise caught in a tug-of-war between principle and greed. And trust me, there's plenty of fishing involved! Few thriller writers who use the environment as a plot foundation are as savvy and objective as Bertsch. The highlight of the book is attorney-turned-fly-fishing guide protagonist Jake Trent, who I hope to be seeing a lot more of in future books. This is the perfect end-of-summer read. Highly recommended!
Can't wait to see more of what Bertsch--and Jake Trent-- have in store. I've finally found my new thriller series!
This is a GREAT read. Terrific characters, fascinating setting, gripping plot. All wrapped in a perceptive and witty narrative and rooted in enduring, profound themes. Can't say enough good things about this debut novel and can't wait for the next in the series!
Enjoyed the setting and story.