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Monday, February 15, 2016

The Wild Inside


 
The Wild Inside is a gripping debut novel about the perilous, unforgiving intersection between man and nature. Set in one of my favorite National Parks it was a sure fire read for me....
It was a clear, starry night in Glacier National Park. Fourteen year-old Ted Systead and his father were camping peacefully beneath the rugged peaks and sweeping sky when the unimaginable happened: Ted’s father was mauled by a grizzly bear and dragged to his death. A very unusual but not unheard of event in Montana, it set the psychological tone of this thriller "who done it." Of course, I had just seen the movie Revenant to get me thinking big bad grizzly bears.

 Now, over twenty years later, as a Special Agent for the Department of the Interior, Ted is called back to investigate a crime that echoes the horror of that night. Only this time, the victim was tied to a tree before the animal’s attack. Ted teams up with one of the park officers – a man named Monty, whose pleasant exterior masks an all-too-vivid knowledge of the area and its dangerous people and animals. Residents of the nearby community are less than forthcoming. Suspicious of outsiders and intimately connected to the wilderness that surrounds them, they confront their fellow man and nature with equal measures of reverence and brutality. As the days pass with no clear answers, not only is human life at stake, so too is that of a majestic creature who carries with it valuable evidence. Ted’s search for truth takes him far into the wilderness, on the trail of a killer.
What make this story most compelling is the protagonists balance of his criminal investigation and his memories of the bear killing his father. That challenge is what raises the book above the usual suspense of identifying a killer. And no it wasn't the bear. 
Of course any good murder mystery requires  several possible suspects. My only criticism of the book is the introduction of  too many extraneous characters…. When the suspects become too many to keep track of my inability to emulate Sherlock Homes and guess the culprit becomes a problem....:)
 

 

9 comments:

Should Fish More said...

Huh, sounds like a good read, thanks TB. I'm heading back to still-winter Montana next week, and need a good read for the month of March.

Out on the prairie said...

A real gripper it sounds. I have been reading a series by an author, David Rosenfelt, and just started his 12th book.Like a good thriller always.

Valerie said...

Like you, I don't like too many characters ... nonetheless this is my kind of book.

My Unfinished Life said...

Interesting!!

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Arkansas Patti said...

Ooh, ooh, I think this is one I would like. I will see if I can find it. Thanks for the compelling review.

Stephanie Faris said...

Bears...very scary! I don't know what Revenant is about--is it about grizzly bears?

Bubba Muntzer said...

As is often the case I'm left wondering if the book will be as good as your review. That's a powerful description of those wilderness kind of people you've given us. I think you've known people like that. They can be pretty frightening. I guess it might be possible to get a sense of them from reading a novel like this but I wonder. Anyway, in a couple sentences you had me pumped up over those people and the plot. Then you let out just a little air. Very effective, nicely written review, TB.

Grayquill said...

Sounds like a pretty good book but I am with you - when there are too many characters I just get irritated at the author.

Carla from The River said...

Sounds like a good one. I am heading to the library.