Author: David Riley Bertsch

David Bertsch is the author of the Jake Trent series, set in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. "Death Canyon" debuted in 2013 to strong reviews. The thrilling followup "River of No Return" will be available Fall 2014 from Scribner, a division of Simon and Schuster.

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River of No Return - A Jake Trent Novel, #2

River of No Return
  • Stars
  • Number: 9781451698039
  • Release: 2015-01-06
  • Author: David Riley Bertsch
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Suspense: Action / Thriller
  • Publisher: Scribner
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A Wyoming fishing guide must return to his investigative roots to find his best friend’s girlfriend in the second book in this thrilling series that “fans of C.J. Box and Nevada Barr will relish” (Library Journal).

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 - A Jake Trent Novel, #1

Death Canyon
  • 4 Stars
  • Number: 9781451698015
  • Release: 2014-07-08
  • Author: David Riley Bertsch
  • Genre: Suspense
  • Tags: Debut Title
  • Publisher: Scribner
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It’s early summer in Jackson, Wyoming, where former prosecutor Jake Trent has left the law behind to pursue his dream: becoming a fishing guide and opening a small bed-and-breakfast in the West. Now three seemingly unrelated deaths have occurred in one day—unheard of in the scenic valley of Jackson Hole—disrupting Jake’s idyllic new life.

A skier perishes in a freak late-season avalanche. A French couple is discovered mutilated on a remote trail—presumably by a bear. And on the Snake River, Jake stumbles across the body of an expensively attired fisherman. Meanwhile, a series of small earthquakes—not to mention a bitter dispute between land developers and 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 Jake as a suspect, he goes on the defensive. Is someone out to frame him? Jake teams up with beautiful park ranger Noelle Klimpton to get to the bottom of this series of disturbing events. The trail leads right to the region’s crown-jewel attraction: Yellowstone.