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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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By Sara on 07-29-16
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.
37 of 43 people found this review helpful
By Lia on 06-17-17
Great Addition To The Series
Monty Harris a park police officer in Glacier National Park. is introspective, stubborn and obsessive in his personal life and is faced with two problems,one professional and one personal. A wildlife researcher is found dead at the bottom of a cliff in the park and although it looks like an accident Monty is not convinced it was. When a second body is discovered in the same area a few days later he is assigned to investigate the deaths and so begins an outstanding outdoor police procedural to solve the cases in spite of pressure from superiors to call the two incidents accidents.
On a personal level he is struggling with the separation from his estranged wife and the appearance of a cruel, sadistic brother he has not seen in four years. He is also haunted by his dysfunctional past family life and how it is impacting his life creating a empty feeling that he tries to fill through obsessive behavior in his orderly life.I did not find Monty to be a very likable character but one that was very interesting to follow.
A good story to me combines a strong plot and story line, good character development and a fine sense of atmosphere. This novel has all three and is strongly recommended. This was an excellent listen for those who like outdoor mysteries.
R. C. Bray was outstanding with the delivery of the story
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