Wolf Kill (Sam Rivers Mystery Bk 1)

Wolf Kill (Sam Rivers Mystery Bk 1)


A Sam Rivers Mystery

Special agent Sam Rivers’ investigation of a bizarre wolf attack leads to evidence of murder, conspiracy, and shocking family secrets in this wildlife-themed thriller.

“Sam Rivers is a welcome addition to the growing list of crime fiction protagonists by Minnesota writers. His love of nature and creatures, even predators, permeates the plot.”
Mary Ann Grossman – St. Paul Pioneer Press

“Wolf Kill is a terrific read! The writing is so good that you can feel the frigid winds blowing through this dark and masterfully crafted novel even as the suspense heats up. And the wolves are as magnificent and frightening as you could hope.”
—David Housewright, Edgar Award-winning author of What Doesn’t Kill Us

“I love books where I go on a great adventure, but I also learn something along the way. Wolf Kill does all this and more—it’s the beginning of a series featuring a smart wildlife special agent who takes us into the wilderness and safely out again. A deeply satisfying read.”
—Mary Logue, author of Claire Watkins mysteries and The Streel

“The deep freeze of a Minnesota winter meets the chilling underbelly of a small Iron Range town in Cary Griffith’s fantastic Wolf Kill. I loved meeting Sam Rivers, the wolf expert and USFW field agent assigned to protect the nation’s wildlife, and can’t wait to follow Rivers on his next adventure.”
—Mindy Mejia, author of Leave No Trace and Strike Me Down

Author Bio:

Award-winning author Cary J. Griffith grew up among the woods, fields, and emerald waters of eastern Iowa. His childhood fostered a lifelong love of wild places. He earned a B.A. in English from the University of Iowa and an M.A. in library science from the University of Minnesota. Griffith’s books explore the natural world. In nonfiction, he covers the borderlands between civilization and wild places. In fiction, he focuses on the ways some people use flora and fauna to commit crimes, while others with more reverence and understanding of the natural world leverage their knowledge to bring criminals to justice. In both genres, readers are likely to learn something about our relationship to the natural world and the creatures who inhabit it. “I was 14 the first time I visited the lakes and boreal forests of northeastern Minnesota,” says Griffith, “and its beauty struck me.” He lives with his family in a suburb of Minnesota’s Twin Cities.

In this outdoors thriller, the investigation of a bizarre wolf attack leads to evidence of murder, conspiracy, and shocking family secrets.

A decades-old promise haunts Sam Rivers, but the wildlife biologist refuses to return home not with his abusive and estranged father still there. Rivers left the family farm some 20 years ago. He found solace in nature and built a respected career as a special agent for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. His experiences have given him a penchant for understanding predators a skill he’ll need, now, more than ever.

After his father’s mysterious death, Rivers is lured back to his hometown of Defiance, in northern Minnesota, to fulfill his mother’s dying wish. But all is not as it seems. Rivers breaks into his childhood home during a howling winter storm and discovers something sinister. His suspicions are heightened after a bizarre wolf attack on local livestock. The events lead the special agent to a series of clues that could change everything he knows or thinks he knows about the town, his family, and himself.

With the help of alluring reporter Diane Talbott, Rivers must unravel the wolf kill and learn what really happened to his father, a man Rivers has hated for most of his life. It is a case unlike any he’s worked before. His knowledge of frigid winters, wolves, and wilderness will be put to the test, as he tries to solve the case and stay alive.

In Wolf Kill, natural history writer Cary J. Griffith introduces readers to Sam Rivers, the predator’s predator, and weaves a masterful tale of danger and suspense in the far north.

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Weight 17.76 oz
Dimensions 5.5 × 8.25 in

Cary J. Griffith



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A Sam Rivers Mystery

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Adventure Publications


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