Mortal Fall

  • by Christine Carbo
  • Narrated by R. C. Bray
  • 12 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A wildlife biologist's shocking death leads to chilling discoveries 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.

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The Action Moves At Glacial Speed

I loved Carbo's first book The Wild Inside and had hoped for more along those suspenseful lines. However, Mortal Fall, to me is so slow, so wordy, and so boring I'm not sure I can get past the 8 hour point. The writing lacks the beauty and poetic descriptions of wild Montana and Glacier National Park that filled book one. It leans heavily on flash backs and wooden dialogue. The character relationships are unbelievably superficial.

I find myself wondering if writers aren't pushed to produce books for a series faster than they are capable of managing. After all, well thought out mysteries take time to create, plan and ponder. This entry in the series is so loosely connected that at times I couldn't follow the vague, wandering story line. After eight hours of this I'm not sure I care enough to continue trying. This novel of "suspense" seems to be all talk and no action let alone suspense. Sadly, I can't recommend this book. In my opinion, it's just too boring and a waste of valuable time.
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- Sara "Avid Reader"

A Good Story Ruined....

What disappointed you about Mortal Fall?

This is the second book of Carbo I have purchased, listened to and been disappointed both times. Ive tried. Great settings, good plot lines but miserable characters; I can not find a single one that I would want to sit down with. Monty seems to me to be a total creep. I guess he is what Carbo thinks is the perfect 21st century male. Book also includes every PC talking point known to man: neo-nazis, low downs who live off of the land (sic) , you know those "other" Americans, probaly will vote for Trump, unquestionable climate change facts, mental health issues, Ken, the partner is the wrong type of male neanderthal,etc. Perfect book for East/West Liberals who want the West and human nature to be what they want it


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of R. C. Bray?

He is perfectly cast for the dull character dialogue.


What character would you cut from Mortal Fall?

Hard to cut Monty, but I sure would think about it.


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- Thomas "Richmond, Virginia"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-31-2016
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.