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Professor Theo Cray is trained to see patterns where others see chaos. So when mutilated bodies found deep in the Montana woods leave the cops searching blindly for clues, Theo sees something they missed. Something unnatural. Something only he can stop.
As a computational biologist, Theo is more familiar with digital code and microbes than the dark arts of forensic sleuthing. But a field trip to Montana suddenly lands him in the middle of an investigation into the bloody killing of one of his former students. As more details, and bodies, come to light, the local cops determine that the killer is either a grizzly gone rogue…or Theo himself. Racing to stay one step ahead of the police, Theo must use his scientific acumen to uncover the killer. Will he be able to become as cunning as the predator he hunts—before he becomes its prey?
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Wow! I need to smoke an imaginary cigarette and let this one marinate! This was a one day read and I am sponge brained. Buckle up buttercup! Fast paced, interesting, educational, entertaning, enjoyable, and you can't stop till it is over! I just realized there is another one in this series, just bought and pre-ordered the third one! SCORE! Gotta go read number two! Thank you NetGalley for the opportunity to read for a fair review!
Professor Theo Cray is called in to help locals investigate the death of a former student, Juniper Parsons. It looks like a bear attack and that is what the locals label the death. But Theo thinks that this is a man killing like a bear. But when Fish and Wildlife kill the suspected bear everyone thinks it is all taken care of. Theo doesn’t agree. He starts digging into the past and discovers murders like this have been happening to young women over the last thirty years. He keeps digging but Theo is an odd duck and attracts the attention of the police who are starting to think that he is the one that killed Juniper. This is a great mystery thriller with lots of science. I love how Theo’s computational biology is the thing that catches all the clues to the killer. But his awkwardness is what attracts the attention of the police. Theo is a great person and he is intent on stopping the real killer before he gets arrested. The science really added to the story and made it that much more believable. I’m glad to see this is the first in a series. I can’t wait to read more about Theo Cray. I received The Naturalist from the publisher for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.