Death Canyon by David Riley Bertsch
A Jake Trent Novel

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...an interesting premise, a stunning location...and the obligatory sex scenes but it never cranks up to the tension found in the most thrilling thrillers.
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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).
 

About David Riley Bertsch

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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.
 
Published August 13, 2013 by Scribner. 401 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Crime, Westerns. Fiction
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Kirkus

Below average
on Jul 19 2013

...an interesting premise, a stunning location...and the obligatory sex scenes but it never cranks up to the tension found in the most thrilling thrillers.

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Publishers Weekly

Above average
on Jun 17 2013

Bertsch clearly knows the environmental issues involving the Wyoming wilderness, but he needs to sharpen his focus if he’s to rival Craig Johnson or C.J. Box.

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