Winner of the 2018 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Crime Novel!
When her park is threatened, warden Jenny Willson takes it very personally.
Jenny Willson is a hard-edged, caustic-witted warden from Banff National Park who considers poachers and ladder-climbing bureaucrats equally repulsive and worthy of the same painful fate. Does keeping her promise to protect her park from them mean crossing lines and putting her career at risk?
When Willson discovers animals disappearing from Canada’s mountain parks, she begins a complex investigation that follows a trail of deceit, distraction, and murder. With a growing list of victims, both animal and human, Willson finds herself in a race for justice that criss-crosses the Canada-U.S. border and pushes her to a place from which she might not return.
Dave Butler is a forester and biologist living in Cranbrook, B.C., in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. His writing and photography have appeared in numerous Canadian publications. Dave is Director of Sustainability at Canadian Mountain Holidays, a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal winner, and a Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow.
Park Warden Jenny Willson is a modern heroine — tough, smart, irreverent and tenacious. A fascinating foray into the isolated world of park wardens and the lengths needed to protect wildlife from trophy hunters in our sweeping national parks. Butler breathes life and beauty into the western landscape, making this the perfect setting for a spiralling tale of subterfuge and murder in Canada's remote wilderness.
This was a great mystery novel and a unique take on the subject — it starts with animal poaching but turns into so much more.
Meticulously researched and beautifully rendered, Full Curl is a gripping tale of greed and excess, infused with Dave Butler's love of the Canadian Rockies and rich with the intimate, detailed knowledge of an insider. I'm an instant fan of the butt-kicking Jenny Willson, and I dearly hope Full Curl is only the first of her many adventures. I'd follow Jenny Willson anywhere.
A series readers will follow for a long time.
With his debut novel Full Curl, author Dave Butler is banging on the doors of a pretty exclusive club. That would be a club headed by the late Elmore Leonard, who pretty much created a whole sub-genre of crime fiction on his own; one based on taut writing, witty dialogue and eccentric characters.
The reader can feel the author's love for the Canadian National Parks and its wildlife … You could almost picture yourself where the action takes place.
Butler’s strong debut shows a powerful heroine determined to bring a nasty but fully fleshed-out set of baddies to justice.
An intricate, full-throttle thriller told with passion and authenticity. Park Ranger Jenny Willson is a smart, tenacious hero for our times.