RIVER OF NO RETURN

It's a small world, after all.

High season is coming to an end, and fishing guide Jake Trent suddenly has some time on his hands. As the ex-lawyer ponders rekindling his romance with park ranger Noelle Kimpton, a surprise call from a long-lost love lights up his phone.

It’s been years since law school graduation, when Jake’s last seen Divya Navaysam. Now a DC lobbyist, Divya wants Jake to come to Washington for a consulting job—immediately.

Meanwhile, back in Jackson, Jake’s best friend and occasional employee, JP, is dealing with his own romantic woes. After years of bad luck in love, JP has fallen for Esma. But after a perfect summer, JP’s new girlfriend is now back in her native Mexico—and before long, she seems to have gone off the grid completely. When local police offer little help, a distraught JP turns to Jake. To find Esma, Jake must navigate a heated relationship with his ex-flame in Washington. Jake’s renegade investigation leads him to a remote cabin in Idaho—and a series of discoveries that point to a conspiracy bigger than anything anyone could have imagined.

David Riley Bertch’s second installment in the Jake Trent series is a rollicking, juicy thriller—with a twisting plotline involving immigration, overpopulation, dirty politicians, and international intrigue. Now, “Jake Trent will be the next in line for suspense/thriller readers to adore” (Suspense magazine).

DEATH CANYON

Three bodies. Two national parks. One rogue fishing guide.

The first book in a debut thriller series featuring attorney-turned-fishing-guide Jake Trent, whose idyllic life is upended when he finds himself at the center of a series of grisly killings set around picturesque Jackson Hole.

It’s early summer in Jackson, Wyoming, and former east coast prosecutor and now fishing guide Jake Trent is wading through a swift current of local politics, introspection, and tragedy. Three seemingly unrelated deaths have occurred in one day—unheard of in the scenic valley of Jackson Hole. A skier perishes in a freak late-season avalanche. A French couple is discovered mutilated on a remote trail in Grand Teton National Park—presumably by a bear. On the Snake River, Jake himself finds the body of an expensively-attired tourist fisherman. Meanwhile, a series of small earthquakes—not to mention a bitter dispute between land developers and a cultish group of environmentalists—has left the townspeople uneasy.

Before long, the plausible explanations for each death dissolve. Could there be a sinister connection among them? When fresh evidence points to him as a suspect, Jake Trent is put on the defensive. Is someone out to frame him? Can Trent keep his past demons at bay while he tries to discover the truth behind the mysterious deaths?

Defying the police, Jake teams up with park ranger NoelleKlimpton, a loner beauty, to get to the bottom of this series of disturbing events. The trail leads right to the region’s crown-jewel attraction: Yellowstone. What they discover will put all their lives at risk…

Death Canyon marks the debut of a major new talent in suspense fiction.