Death Canyon (Jake Trent Series #1)

Death Canyon (Jake Trent Series #1)

by David Riley Bertsch


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Death Canyon (Jake Trent Series #1) by David Riley Bertsch

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).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781451698015
Publisher: Scribner
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Series: Jake Trent Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,299,700
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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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Death Canyon 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
FlashSR More than 1 year ago
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.
BasingstoneBook More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to see more of what Bertsch--and Jake Trent-- have in store. I've finally found my new thriller series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the setting and story.