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The Weight of Night

A Novel of Suspense
Series: Glacier Mysteries, Book 3
Length: 13 hrs and 42 mins
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Summary

In a land sculpted by glaciers, the forest is on fire. Thick smoke chokes the mountain air and casts a twilight glow over the imposing mountains and vistas of Montana's Glacier National Park. When firefighters are called in to dig fuel line breaks near the small town bordering the park, a crew member is shocked to unearth a shallow grave containing human remains.

Park police officer Monty Harris is summoned to the site to conduct an excavation. But with a 2,500-degree incendiary monster threatening to barrel through the town and no forensic detective on hand, Monty must work outside protocol. So he seeks help from Gretchen Larson, the county's lead crime scene investigator and someone on whom Monty feels he can rely.

The two are working against the clock to determine the true identity of the victim when a teenager suddenly disappears from one of the campgrounds in Glacier. Could the cases somehow be connected? As chances for recovery of the missing boy grow slimmer and the FBI finds only dead ends, Gretchen and Monty desperately race to fit all the pieces together in time.

The Weight of Night is Christine Carbo's latest book in a series that "paints a moving picture of complex, flawed people fighting to make their way in a wilderness where little is black or white" (Publishers Weekly). This gripping thriller is a tribute to the power of family, set against one of America's most majestic and unforgiving landscapes.

©2017 Christine Carbo (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Really disappointed

I loved the first 2 books in this series. They were really believable and the descriptions of the park were very vivid.

this book was nothing like the others. The back story on Gretchen was really unnecessary and not at all unbelievable. It totally detracted from the rest of the book. It irritated me so much I ended up skipping chunks.

real shame as I thoroughly enjoyed the first books.

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Brilliant couldn't wait to get back in the car and listen

Third and best so far in the series hoping for more of Monty Kirsten and Glacier National Park

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a wonderful end to the trilogy.

Great story my favourite of the three. missed a few hours sleep... a bit more

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Great story and narration

Good story with good narration. Both characters stood out and the overall story wasn't too predictable.

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  • Lia
  • 21-08-17

Another Good Installment To The Series

I have listened to Christine Carbo's first two novels, The Wild Inside and Mortal Fall, and loved them so I looked forward to a third with great anticipation. I have not been disappointed. Carbo seems to get better with each book and The Weight of Night is my favorite of the series so far.

Like the previous two books, The Weight of Night takes place in and around Glacier National Park in Montana. It's fire season and the forest fires are raging out of control. Amidst the conflagration, firefighters unearth a shallow grave containing human remains. Monty Harris, a Park Police Officer, and Gretchen Larson, a crime scene investigator, are called in to excavate the remains and discover who they belong to and how they got there. In the midst of all this a boy vacationing in Glacier Park with his family goes missing and Monty and Gretchen have to work fast to find him.

Monty and Gretchen are characters from the previous two books, and in this third one we learn a lot more about Gretchen and her interesting and tragic past.

Carbo is a wonderful writer. Her descriptive prose is just beautiful and gets better with every book. I've seen her compared to C.J.Box and Nevada Barr, but those comparisons are flawed. Yes, she sets her novels in a National Park in the West, but that's where the similarities end. Carbo is a much more talented writer than either of them. Her prose is disciplined and beautiful. Her development of and insights into her characters is more profound and illuminating. While I love her skill at crafting mystery plots and maintaining suspense, I would listen her work even if she didn't write thrillers.

R. C. Bray and Sarah Mollo-Christensen were really good with the delivery of the story

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  • Log Cabin Pat
  • 19-06-17

OK, But Predictable

It's a decent story that you've heard before: a dead body has someone reviewing old case files and it turns out there's a serial killer in town. The team on the case (a National Park ranger and the head of the county's CSI team) both have damaged pasts that they are forced to address. A boy is missing who could be another victim. The killer is someone that no one would expect. Oh, and because the ranger is a man and the CSI lady is a woman there is some unspoken sexual tension that never gets addressed. (Maybe in the next book.)

This is the 3rd book in a series focused in and around Glacier National Park. In the first 2 books, Glacier was an organic part of the story. But this one feels like it could be set in any small town in America. Yes, there is a forest fire that sets the story in motion and is in the background, but that's about it.

Still, you want to know whodunit, right? And you want to know how they're going to be defeated. So I hung in there and then, in the ultimate showdown between good and evil - the author cuts the scene! Seriously, one minute the CSI lady is in extreme jeopardy up against the killer and the next minute she's walking out of a building having defeated him. I actually re-listened to that segment because I was sure my mind had wandered and I missed something. Nope, it just skips over the most important scene in any murder mystery. (I'm writing it here in the review and I still can't believe the author did that.)

It's a good story, but not great or very original. (Nevada Barr still sets the bar for National Park mysteries.) It took me a while to get used to the female narrator's Norwegian accent, but after I did I enjoyed her sections as much as those narrated by R. C. Bray.




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  • Leah
  • 31-12-18

Highly Recommended

I often rate books I listen to, but rarely write a review. I just had to write a review now however because I literally just finished listening to all 4 of Christine Carbo’s books on audible and I am now left with that listless sad feeling inside, the feeling that you have to wait until the author publishes another book before you can get swept away yet again.
I loved each of her books- the characters and their relationships and the way each character gets developed with each book.. for that reason, it would be best to read them in order.
They each kept me guessing until (or close to) the big reveals and I love the way she writes about Glacier National Park- I love her allusions and references to nature and to wildlife - and the roles they play.
Before picking up her first book, I had been frustrated because I just couldn’t find a book I could sink into.. these books definitely met the mark. I went through all 4 of them in about 10 days!
Sigh- now I’m back to seeking my next good read.

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  • S Mericook
  • 15-06-17

Superb narration

All of the books in this series have been wonderful -- well written and engrossing. This third one is especially fine. It has many layers of meaning which is unusual for a mystery, but the literary quality never gets in the way of a great story.

The two narrators are among the best I have heard. They are amazing at producing different identities for their characters, and their mastery of accents is impressive.

I highly recommend this one.

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  • Nicka
  • 19-03-19

RC BRAY IS AWESOME

RC BRAY does a GREAT job. Too bad the producers and editors missed the authors errors or were not allowed to correct them.
BUT, the female narrator was HORRIBLE.
Throughout her portion of the narration, she drove me completely crazy with her fake Nordic accent and the female FBI agents voice. Combined with her pauseing just before the last word of every paragraph, and adding it after an extremely long pause. She did this THROUGHOUT the book, at least a few hundred times. I'll never buy another book with her name on it.
As for the story... it's a big NOPE.
I'm returning it. I'll go ahead and tell you, it was the butler, in the pantry, with the candle stick.

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  • Arleen Buffington
  • 17-02-19

great

great story. a home town favorite. I do love a good Christine Carbo novel. keep up the good work.

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  • Mark Stain
  • 12-07-17

Best One Yet

This is the third book by Christine Carbo and I think it's her best. The introduction of Gretchen with her unique history provided a fascinating , dramatic and original storyline . I also think the two narrators were excellent . I really hope Ms Carbo gets the serious recognition her literary skills deserve . Can't wait for her fourth .

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  • cathlyn
  • 01-07-17

Carbo does it again!

If you love nature and suspense, Carbo's books are for you. Her descriptions of Montana are as glorious as the state itself and the stories are complex and suspenseful.

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  • James
  • 10-06-19

Great character outline. Pace of story exciting.

Well read but the two readers have different audio levels requiring volume adjustment with each chapter.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-05-19

FINALLY! A PERFECT CHRISTINE CARBO AUDIO!

I HAVE HAD A VERY HARD TIME WITH BRAY AS A NARRATOR FOR CHRISTINE CARBO'S MYSTERIES. IT WAS HARD TO BELIEVE HE WAS THE SAME GUY WHO READ THE MARTIAN. BUT DURING THIS PAST SALE, A FRIEND SAID I SHOULD GIVE THE CARBO MYSTERIES IN AUDIO ANOTHER CHANCE AND BOY AM I GLAD I DID!

HERE, PAIRED UP WITH SARAH MOLLO-CHRISTENSEN, BRAY NAILS MONTY. MONTY HAS MATURED FROM THE FIRST TIME WE MET HIM. BRAY'S PORTRAYAL OF THE YOUNG PARK RANGER REMINDED ME OF SIMON PREBBLE OR GEORGE GUIDAL. HE MADE IT EASY TO GET DRAWN IN. I FINISHED THIS BOOK IN ONE DAY, I WAS SO INTERESTED IN HOW THE STORY WOULD PLAY OUT. AND I AM GOING TO LISTEN TO IT AGAIN ON A SHARED CAR TRIP NEXT WEEK! THAT'S HOW GOOD IT IS.

SARAH MOLLO-CHRISTENSEN WAS VERY, VERY GOOD FOR THE FEMALE CHARACTER, GRETCHEN. GRETCHEN COULD BE ANNOYING IN HER RUMINATING, BUT SARAH WAS ABLE TO READ THESE SECTIONS W/O MAKING ME GRIND MY TEETH. SOMETIMES I THINK AUTHORS OR EDITORS SHOULD COUNT THE WORDS IN A CHAPTER OR 2 OR 3 AND ASK: DOES ALL THIS SORT OF ANGST & NAVEL GAZING REALLY MOVE THE PLOT FORWARD? A LITTLE MORE HEMINGWAY AND LESS JOYCE.

I JUST FINISHED THE AUDIBLE BOOK SMOKEJUMPERS AND HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. HERE IN THIS MYSTERY, THE FIRE ACTS LIKE ANOTHER CHARACTER. HAVING READ SMOKEJUMPERS, I FELT A GREAT DEAL OF EMPATHY FOR THESE INCREIBLE PEOPLE WHO RISK THEIR LIVES TO CURTAIL RAGING FOREST FIRES IN OUR NATIONAL PARKS. THE TENSION THAT DEVELOPS WHEN DECIDING HOW MUCH TIME DO THE LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENTS HAVE TO FINISH WORKING A CRIME SCENE HAD ME ON THE EDGE OF MY SEAT. YES, IT WAS A PAGE TURNER AS THEY SAY.

CHRISTINE CARBO IS A RELATIVELY NEW AUTHOR AND IS STILL FEELING HER WAY -- BUT SHE IS GOOD AND WILL ONLY GET BETTER.

[ASIDE: ALTHOUGH I JUST FOUND OUT THAT THE NEXT NOVEL REVOLVES AROUND THE FBI AGENT ALI PAIGE WHO WAS THE ONLY UNBELIEVABLE CHARACTER IN WEIGHT OF NIGHT. VERY CARDBOARD. ONE DIMENSIONAL. A LAZY CHARACTER: JUST A BULLY FOR BULLYING SAKE. NOT PLAUSIBLE AT HER RANK. SHE NEVER WOULD HAVE MADE IT THRU THE ACADEMY. I CAN'T READ CHARACTERS LIKE THAT. & SKIM READING IS NOT EASY IN AUDIBLE.]

SO, I HOPE CARBO'S GLACIER MYSTERY #5 COMES OUT SOON AND THAT IT IS AS GOOD AND THRILLING AS #3. CUDOS TO THE NARRATORS: BRAY HAS REDEEMED HIMSELF, AND I WILL SEARCH FOR MORE BOOKS READ BY SARAH MOLLO-CHRISTENSEN.

AN A+ MYSTERY. DEFINITELY WORTH THE MONEY OR THE CREDIT.