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.
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.