A Canadian park warden’s investigation of hunters poaching on park lands runs deeper than she ever dreamed.
Protecting Canada’s natural areas is the passion of Banff National Park Warden Jenny Willson, whose years of experience have prepared her for most of what she’s seen on the job—until she finds evidence that poachers have begun to use the national parks for trophy hunting. At the same time, Bernie Eastman, who runs a business guiding hunters and who’s under pressure to earn extra cash, can find no better helper than Charlie Clark, an older man Eastman would describe as a loser if he didn’t rely so much on him to serve the needs of his wealthy clients. As Jenny uses her social network along with Bill Forsyth, a new hire who’s still a work in progress, in an attempt to tie Eastman to the crimes, Eastman himself gets more adept at hiding his trail. Forsyth wants to help as best he can until he learns how much of the job is paperwork and red tape. Nor is Jenny’s dedication to tracking the perps shared by her superiors. Through a monthslong investigation, Jenny prepares a takedown of Eastman that will be supported as much by her care for the natural world as by evidence. But she may not be prepared for all the messy business dealings of Charlie and Eastman, whose wrongdoings go far beyond the parks’ borders.
Butler’s strong debut shows a powerful heroine determined to bring a nasty but fully fleshed-out set of baddies to justice.