The Wild Inside: A Novel of Suspense (Paperback)

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A grizzly bear, Glacier National Park and a special agent for the Dept. of the Interior - what else would one need for an exciting suspense story? Ted Systead is sent to investigate a crime that recalls his own horrific experience with a grizzly at age fourteen. Now, a man has been bound to a tree and has been savaged by a Park grizzly and none of the residents or Park staff are particularly helpful. The resentment between locals and outsiders (and he is considered very much an outsider) makes Ted's work nearly impossible. It is obvious that Carbo knows her setting very well and Montana and Glacier are wonderful backdrops for dire doings.

— Edie


A haunting crime novel set in Glacier National Park about a man who finds himself at odds with the dark heart of the wild--and the even darker heart of human nature.

It was a clear night in Glacier National Park. Fourteen-year-old Ted Systead and his father were camping beneath the rugged peaks and starlit skies when something unimaginable happened: a grizzly bear attacked Ted's father and dragged him to his death.

Now, twenty years later, as Special Agent for the Department of the Interior, Ted gets called back to investigate a crime that mirrors the horror of that night. Except this time, the victim was tied to a tree before the mauling. Ted teams up with one of the park officers--a man named Monty, whose pleasant exterior masks an all-too-vivid knowledge of the hazardous terrain surrounding them. Residents of the area turn out to be suspicious of outsiders and less than forthcoming. Their intimate connection to the wild forces them to confront nature, and their fellow man, with equal measures of reverence and ruthlessness.

As the case progresses with no clear answers, more than human life is at stake--including that of the majestic creature responsible for the attack. Ted's search for the truth ends up leading him deeper into the wilderness than he ever imagined, on the trail of a killer, until he reaches a shocking and unexpected personal conclusion.

As intriguing and alluring as bestselling crime novels by C.J. Box, Louise Penny, and William Kent Krueger, as atmospheric and evocative as the nature writing of John Krakauer and Cheryl Strayed, The Wild Inside is a gripping debut novel about the perilous, unforgiving intersection between man and nature.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476775456
ISBN-10: 1476775451
Publisher: Atria Books
Publication Date: June 16th, 2015
Pages: 416
Language: English
Series: Glacier Mystery