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River of no return : a Jake Trent novel
Bertsch, David Riley, author.
First Scribner hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Scribner, 2015.
Physical Description:
389 pages ; 24 cm.
"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"--
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A Wyoming fishing guide must return to his investigative roots to find his best friend's girlfriend in this "nonstop adventure and suspenseful page-turner that leaves the reader breathless" ( Library Journal , starred review).

High season is coming to an end when Jake Trent, "a fishing guide with a shadowy past, is lured into an explosive situation" ( Kirkus Reviews ). As the ex-lawyer ponders rekindling his romance with park ranger Noelle Kimpton, a surprise call from a long-lost love throws his life into disarray. It's been years since Jake last saw Divya Navaysam at their law school graduation. Now a DC lobbyist, Divya wants Jake to come to Washington for a consulting job. He books a ticket, wondering what she is keeping from him.

Meanwhile, back in Jackson, Jake's best friend and occasional employee, J.P., is nursing his own romantic wounds. J.P. has fallen head over heels for Esma, but after a perfect summer together, she has returned to her native Mexico--and before long she drops off the grid completely. Has something terrible happened to her? When local police offer little help, a distraught J.P. turns to Jake. Jake must find Esma and manage a heated relationship with his ex-flame in order to solve the crisis.

David Riley Bertch's second installment in the Jake Trent series is a rollicking thriller--with a twisting plotline involving immigration, overpopulation, dirty politicians, and international intrigue. This wide-ranging novel is a "vivid...breezy read" (Associated Press) with "a cast of characters to rival any political crime drama on television today" ( Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ).

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Booklist Review

A timeless piece of advice to aspiring writers write what you know seems to have guided Bertsch. Both he and his series character, Jake Trent, are lawyers who left to become fly-fishing guides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. In this one, Trent must foil the machinations of a right-wing U.S. senator who is pushing to require all immigrants to be fitted with nano-GPS so they can be tracked 24/7. Not so coincidentally, his company has developed the technology, and he will benefit hugely. The senator is also in league with a rich, twisted Chinese man who is obsessed with Jackson Hole, and an odd American couple who are beta testing the technology on Wyoming wolves. The CIA is aware of nefarious doings and has decided that Jake needs to be their Jackson point man. Bertsch's plot is a bit over the top, but you have to appreciate his imagination and his fine insights into the allure of fly fishing, Jackson Hole, and the culture of the region.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2014 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Bertsch rewards his readers' patience in his second thriller featuring former prosecutor Jake Trent (after 2013's Death Canyon). Trent has found a new, quieter, life as a fishing guide in Wyoming, but his life becomes much less sedate after an old flame, Divya Navaysam, asks him to meet her in Washington, D.C. Divya wants Trent to help her with a group opposed to a plan by an ambitious senator who advocates funding to develop technology that could track illegal immigrants. Divya's allies fear that the creation of SafeTrak will start the country down a slippery slope toward Orwellian surveillance of the entire population. Meanwhile, Jackson, Wyo., police chief Roger Terrell and his wife travel to China to represent their community on an odd tour that lands them in a bizarre village made up to look just like their hometown. The unrelated plot lines end up fitting together logically and smoothly, and Trent is convincing both as a man of action and as one of thought. Agent: Margaret Riley, William Morris Endeavor. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

Starred Review. In this second installment of the series (after Death Canyon), Wyoming fishing guide and ex-lawyer Jake Trent answers a call from an old flame and gets caught up in international intrigue and several missing persons cases. The fun begins when lobbyist Divya Navaysam requests Jake's presence in Washington, DC, to help defeat legislation proposed by an Idaho congressman who wants to implant tracking devices in the bodies of immigrants. Back home in Jackson Hole, Jake's best friend, J.P., needs assistance in locating his girlfriend who has gone missing on her return from Mexico. Meanwhile, something has happened to Jackson police chief Roger Terrell and his wife while they were on a public relations junket in China, and there are unanswered questions about a mysterious dead wolf found in the Tetons. Using skills from his days with the Office of Special Investigations, Jake uncovers the mind-boggling connections among the corrupt politician, a Chinese businessman, the missing girl, and a microchip in the dead wolf. VERDICT Bertsch skillfully twines the subplots and characters into a nonstop adventure and a suspenseful page-turner that leaves the reader breathless. This is a winner, especially for C.J. Box fans.-Patricia Ann Owens, formerly with Illinois Eastern Community Colls., Mt. Carmel (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.