The Weight of Night (2017)

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 Montana’s Glacier National Park. 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.

Park Police Officer Monty Harris is summoned to the site to conduct an excavation. But with a 2,500-degree incendiary monster threatening to barrel through the town and no forensic detective on hand, Monty must work outside protocol. So he seeks help from Gretchen Larson, the county’s lead crime scene investigator, and someone on whom Monty feels he can rely.

The two are working against the clock to determine the true identity of the victim when a teenager suddenly disappears from one of the campgrounds in Glacier. Could the cases somehow be connected? As chances for recovery of the missing boy grow slimmer and the FBI finds only dead ends, Gretchen and Monty desperately race to fit all the pieces together in time.

The Weight of Night is award-winning author Christine Carbo’s latest novel in a 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.

Reviews of The Weight of Night:

“Stunning descriptions…. It’s in depicting nature’s drama that Carbo’s writing thrives.” – The New York Times

“Engrossing…. An intricate plot complements compelling characters.” – Publishers Weekly 

Carbo extols the beauty of her setting and provides sensitive character development. Monty (introduced in Mortal Fall, 2016) is already established as an appealing protagonist and pairing him with Gretchen produces a winning team.” – Booklist

“Tension comes from all sides…. Carbo creates a vivid setting and strong characters, as well as a stunning mystery. Fans of page-turning suspense will find this book impossible to put down.” – RT Book Reviews

“An intricate plot complements the compelling characters.” – The Bozeman Chronicle

Carbo leaves us with… two very real human beings finding their way in the world and still struggling with the weight of life and their pasts – and some crackling good questions that resonate down deep in our bones.” – President of Rocky Mountain chapter for Mystery Writers of America and Award-Winning Author Mark Stevens


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Author: Christine Carbo

Christine Carbo is a teacher and writer living in Whitefish, Montana with her husband, Jamie, their three kids, one dog and one cat. Her love of Glacier National Park inspired her first novel, The Wild Inside, which was published in early 2015 by Atria Books / Simon and Schuster.