"This book is the start of a series; but this story is so good, I’m not sure how Bertsch is going to top it…. What starts small blows up to world-ending proportions…. There is a long career ahead for this new writer."

—Clay Stafford, Killer Nashville


"Izaak Walton called fly fishing a contemplative man’s recreation, and some of the same can be said of David Riley Bertsch’s Death Canyon except that this debut thriller series featuring fishing guide Jake Trent stacks up bodies faster than cordwood and deftly threads together an investigation like a premium hand-tied fly."

- Craig Johnson, New York Times-bestselling author of the Walt Longmire Mysteries, the basis for the hit A&E television series Longmire

"Set in the beautiful Wyoming high country, Death Canyon introduces Jake Trent, a smart and savvy protagonist, in a twisting, turning, murderous tale that thriller readers will love."

- Michael McGarrity, New York Times-bestselling author of Hard Country

"DEATH CANYON shoots straight at the heart of America’s love affair with our national parks–and reminds us that beyond the tourist attractions lies true wilderness, vast, remote, and full of dangerous animals–especially the kind that walk on two legs. This is a harrowing journey into that world, written by an insider who knows where the tracks lead."

- Neil McMahon is the author of ten novels, as well as a collaboration with James Patterson—Toys—which was a New York Times #1 Bestseller. He has written two series: the Carroll Monks books, and the Hugh Davoren books.

"David Riley Bertsch's first novel Death Canyon offers evocative Rocky Mountain themes, a spot-on sense of place, brilliant fly-fishing scenes, and characters you just want to root for. Welcome aboard, Dave Bertsch."

- C.J. Box, New York Times-bestselling author of Breaking Point and The Highway