Title: Mortal Fall
Author: Christine Carbo
Published Date: May 31st 2016
Genre: Mystery Suspense
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
A wildlife biologist’s shocking death leads to chilling discoveries about a home for troubled teens 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.
I will start out saying that through the course of the story Ms. Carbo writes an eloquent story that makes you feel like you are in the park. The descriptive writing makes you feel the dangers and the beauty it. I also liked that the solving of this mystery was true to life. It may have seemed slow and methodical at times but it was like you were really on a ride along with the officers and looking at every clue, big or small.
As Monty works hard to solve this mystery we get a look into his life, past and present. You get to see a man who is not only dealing with work but trying to work things out with his wife and his brother, he has some big decisions to make. Ms. Carbo makes her characters personal. She also does a great job of writing the secondary characters also. They add so much depth and intrigue to the story.
As the murder unfolds it encompasses murder, controversy, illegal actions, wildlife protection, park ecology and so much more. If you want a multi faceted mystery story then I highly recommend this one. I will be looking into Ms. Carbo’s other books.
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