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A gripping new mystery from the author of The Wild Inside, set in the magnificent and brutal terrain of Glacier National Park

In the darkening days of autumn, a murdered journalist's body is discovered in a remote region near the Canadian border. Before she was found, Anne Marie Johnson had been writing an article about a canine research program that uses trained dogs to track scientific data. She was last seen with a man named Reeve Landon, whose chocolate Lab was one of the subjects of the piece. Now he's the prime suspect.

Back in the FBI's regional office in Montana, investigator Ali Paige is not officially assigned to the case since the crime was committed outside federal land. But Landon happens to be an ex-boyfriend and the father of her child. He calls Ali for help while he is being questioning, but soon he goads her to find out what really happened to Anne Marie.

Intensely private and paranoid, Landon ventures deep into in the woods to avoid being arrested. But even as he evades the detectives, Landon secretly feels the whole thing is somehow deserved, a karmic punishment for the horrifying crime he committed as a young boy. As for Ali, she has only one objective in mind: to save her daughter from the pain of abandonment she endured as a child.

As the clock ticks and the noose tightens around Landon's neck, Ali isn't sure how far she will go to find out the truth. And what if truth is not something she wants to know?

©2018 Christine Carbo (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Research needed on types guns

The gun described was a Winchester lever action 30-30. it does not have a safety as the hammer must be cocked for it to fire. Once fired the lever must be worked befor it can be fired again. I am all for gun safety and child protection but get your facts right.

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Best Carbo so far

Best Carbo so far. I will definitely get the next one.
Pros: interesting character development; I liked the alternating chapters ie Ali and Reeve.
Both narrators were pretty good at speaking as the "opposite sex". I think it's harder for a female narrator to "speak like a man" ie assume a lower register, and I appreciated the male narrator not relying on falsettos when portraying the voice of a woman. The relationship between Reeve and the reporter was extraordinarily described and from a man's POV, hard for ME to describe, just that it was so subtle and none of this "me Tarzan you Jane " supposedly intimate baloney some authors come up with. It was exquisite, the whole relationship from woods time to the (yes or no) seduction. (No spoilers).
Carbo inserts a lot of environmental background into her novels, (welcomed!) yet what I call the "wolverine one" was so far overdone with bartenders and drifters sounding like they had inhaled Sierra Club wolverine data. Not so in this novel. She used the persona of a woman reporter regarding environmental topics and a surprisingly well-balanced discussion of gun topics. The author has toned down the comparisons that she used to overdo, the only one that baffled me in this novel was "The lake looked like teflon". Huh? Like a teflon frying pan, which is the only thing I could think of? Comparisons like this cause the reader to blurt out "say what???" Completely breaking the "escape" a remarkable book provides. Some authors like Burke have carried these (similes?) to a ridiculous level....the sun was like....the sunset was like.. Carbo's extensive vocabulary serves that purpose perfectly, there is no need for "the sunset looked like molten lava" ie from the most recent Burke novels.
Cons: I had to roll my eyes at (a little) at the outcome of the long hike. I hate spoilers, so I will just say.......hmmm. Another "con" is that no wildlife biologist I know of would reward play time to their dog in the thick of the woods in a national park, full of alder patches, etc, but throwing a ball far out into the brush for the dog to charge after at full speed. And this, while collecting samples of fresh bear and other mammal scat. Just something I have never run across in years of living in the bush. Dogs shouldn't be trained to run full blast into the wild woods....obvious, I think. In fact, if a park ranger saw a hiker throwing a ball as hard as he could into the alder patches and thick woods in a national park it would probably result in a fine and a ticket. I saw this "boisterous dog in the woods" theme as a means of creating suspense, yes, it worked, but was "not fair".

Anyway! Loved this Carbo and listened non-stop. Good job!!



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Enjoyed Prior Titles: Readers Ruined This Title

I really enjoyed the three previous books by Christine Carbo. I gave 5 stars to each. The prior titles provided excellent suspense and the author conveyed the beauty and wonder of Glacier Park. I returned ``Sharp Solitude'' to Audible because both readers were terrible....Neither reader portrayed any drama in their sing/song voices. Both sounded like whining teenagers and not the FBI agent and ``outdoorsman'' that they were hired to portray.. The first three books in the series were read by R.C. Bray and Sarah Mollo-Christensen and their readings were excellent. I know that if this audio series continues with McClain and/or Plummer, I won't buy that edition.
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Spoiler Alert: I did purchase the trade paperback through Amazon and will continue to read the published edition. Although at this point the FBI character doesn't seem realistic when she does not tell (order?) her ``friend" to hire a lawyer after he has been questioned by the police and he lied to them. Instead the FBI agent thinks about how she can help him personally. I was in law enforcement for 20 years and the best (and only) advice I would give someone in that situation is to get legal representation and then go back to the police and tell the whole story a/s/a/p.

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Totally unbelievable

The premise was interesting, But the cop/agent who is self-destructive beyond all understanding is overused and stupid. Jonathan McClain way overdid the gravelly voice thing and it was just incredibly annoying. I felt like I had to finish it to see how it ended and I wish I could get those hours back to listen to a better book. I can't understand how it got 4.4 stars. Some of the dialogue was just mind-blowingly bad. spoiler alert: she now knows that the killer has been her nanny for years and yet she "knows Rose better than anybody". Really? And how does losing your job and livelihood because you break all the rules and betray your partner protect your daughter? Really, really bad. Can't believe there's a Book 2.

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female narrator did not enhance the story

I have enjoyed Christine Carbo's previous audiobooks but did not enjoy the female narrator in this one. Her voice & tone detracted from story and was not a good fit for the character. She was not believable in creating the seriousness of the situations or the fact that she was supposed to be an FBI agent.

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An excellent outdoor adventure/mystery

This is a really good story with an amazing setting in Glacier Park. The author does an amazing job at creating well thought out characters that are believable and real.

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Preachy Anti-2A Blather

Apparently, there are three other books by this writer that are excellent but I'm hard-pressed to believe that based on what I was able to get through of this ridiculous story. The main character does not behave like an FBI agent and the liberal anti-gun ranting stopped me a chapter 17. The narration was off, as well. I'm glad this one was free.

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Narration is so important.

I am a pretty seasoned Audiobook listener and Christine Carbo is an awesome writer, but the narration of this book made it feel as if the writing was sub par. same thing as an actor making a movie scene believable or not. still a pretty good listen but an RC Bray performance would have made all the difference.

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Slow drone

I was excited to read this book but it ended up being a slow, drawn out bore.

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Unfortunately a anti 2A work. 2nd/578 not finished

2nd out of 578 books in my Library I didn't finish.
The first three books in the series with great. I enjoyed the storylines, character development, and the way Christine writes the scenes. But this is just a anti-gun work of fiction.

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  • EH Dublin
  • 04-19-22

Yawn

Okay! So I know this may not be fair. But what a boring book. I got to chapter eighteen but I had to give up in the end. The male protagonist actor had a drawl that you could trip over. I just wanted to tell him to get on with it. Trying to fluff up his character with descriptions of nature and how much he was a man of the land. Nah! Didn’t work for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-14-22

Disappointing

The narrators are very irritating and nowhere near as good as the readers of the first three books. The drawl of the male narrator and the complete absence of a Norwegian accent from Gretchen by the female got on my nerves very early on. Unfortunately I also found the pace of this story slow compared with the excitement of the previous books and gave up after two hours or so of listening.

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  • DAN MARTIN
  • 03-31-22

Excellent Story and well worth your ears

Only came across Christine Carbo recently and was more than impressed with this first story ive listened to, so much so Ive downloaded all the rest of her work..I cant wait to get stuck in

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  • TulipGirl
  • 03-29-22

Good story with great location

Really enjoyed the story and tracing the stunning settings on a map. The characters were distinct and believable, and were well performed.

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  • Eve
  • 03-19-22

waiting for more

Rather enjoyable murder mystery. Love the recurring characters in the background. Want to go back and hear more from all of the people in this series!

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  • Quercus
  • 02-27-22

Hard to believe

Although I like the settings for this series it seems that every character that is focused on has a terrible psychological problem from their past - so that every law enforcement officer or park employee is badly damaged - I presume this is to allow the author to provide the back story and psychological reasons for their behaviour but it is tedious. The FBI agent Ali, focused on in this book is a pretty unpleasant and unlikeable character and not a very good agent as evidenced in the last book where the CSI and Park police solved the case while she just threw her weight around , was rude and generally annoyed everyone.

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  • Liz Haynes
  • 02-16-22

Enjoyed the story, gripping, although far fetched.

Enjoyed this story, have listened to all four books and think it's great how the author focuses on one character to tell their story. Also liked the background and how the characters develop. Not normally the type of story I would listen to, however I'm now hooked and will recommend

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  • Norman
  • 11-14-21

A gripping story from beginning to end

Crime, wilderness adventure, US gun-law and police interview commentary all fused into a great listen! what more can I say.

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  • Sheryelle
  • 12-12-21

Best of the series

This one is much more coherent and better researched than the others in the series

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  • Sandra
  • 03-30-20

Best

Best in the series. A great story and I thoroughly enjoyed it. You won’t be disappointed in this one.