On most days, the wilderness gave me peace. But not tonight.
In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts a twilight glow over the imposing mountains and vistas of the Crown Jewel of the Continent. When firefighters are called in to dig fuel line breaks near the small town bordering the park, a crewmember is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains.
The Weight of Night is Christine Carbo’s latest novel in an award-winning series which “paints a moving picture of complex, flawed people fighting to make their way in a wilderness where little is black or white” (Publishers Weekly). It is a gripping tribute to the power of redemption, set against one of America’s most majestic and unforgiving landscapes.
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Reviews of Mortal Fall:
“Carbo doesn’t do superficial. She gives her characters weight. And like her debut, Mortal Fall provides a story with dual tracks—the investigation into murder and the rugged journey of the soul.” —New York Journal of Books
“Compulsively readable.” — Publishers Weekly
“The descriptions of Glacier Park are powerful, but the real strength of Mortal Fall is its well-drawn characters…. this book [was] more and more engaging as it moved along a dark and dangerous path to a surprise conclusion.” —Mystery Scene Magazine
“If Mortal Fall were just a beautifully written, sharp-eyed procedural, that would be reason enough to read it. But Christine Carbo offers so much more in this fine second novel. It’s a study of flawed, compelling characters and the ghosts that haunt them. It’s also a fascinating look at the relationship of humans with the too-rapidly changing landscape of Glacier Park. And finally, it’s the tragic story of the forces that can shatter a family. This novel works on so many levels, all of them masterfully crafted.” — William Kent Krueger, New York Times bestselling author of Windigo Island
“Mortal Fall is a terrific read. With a masterful hand, Christine Carbo guides her readers through an intriguing mystery full of complex relationships and smartly-developed characters. Her rich descriptions immerse you in the grandeur of Glacier National Park as this riveting story unfolds. Christine Carbo should be a part of every mystery-lover’s personal library.” — Allen Eskins, award-winning author of THE LIFE WE BURY AND THE GUISE OF ANOTHER
“Carbo brings subtlety and sensitivity to the smallest of moments… those willing to soak up the character-driven context will find much to enjoy here.” —Booklist