Jenny Willson finds more than she bargains for when she travels to Namibia to save local wildlife from poachers.
Parks Canada warden Jenny Willson has left Canada to join an American colleague on a secondment to assist Namibian authorities trying to stem the loss of the country’s rhinos to illegal hunting. But the plan takes a dramatic turn when Willson finds herself in the crosshairs of a conspiracy involving wildlife poachers backed by a shadowy network of international buyers prepared to eliminate any obstacles in their way, including Willson and her new team.
While the Namibian assignment allows Willson to sidestep personal and professional questions that remain unanswered back home, she quickly recognizes that her decision to leave the Canadian Rockies could have deadly ramifications.
Dave Butler is an author, photographer, forester, biologist, and a Royal Canadian Geographical Society Fellow. His first Jenny Willson Mystery, Full Curl, won the Arthur Ellis Best First Crime Novel Award. He lives in Cranbrook, B.C.
Butler’s strong debut shows a powerful heroine determined to bring a nasty but fully fleshed-out set of baddies to justice.
A series readers will follow for a long time.
While there is never a dull moment in protecting rhinos these days, Dave Butler takes it up a more than a couple notches with this exceptionally suspenseful and well-researched mystery tale that sees Jenny Willson back in action this time alongside a stellar team of colleagues in Namibia working to save one of the last populations of truly wild black rhinos. In Rhino We Trust is a testament not only to Namibia’s unconventional collaborative efforts to combat rhino poaching — which includes numerous female champions — but also highlights the realities rangers face when confronted by the complex and creepy underworld of illegal wildlife trafficking. This one will be difficult for anyone to put down!
"There is nothing more profoundly dead, than finding a faceless, poached elephant in the bush". This was a quote from a good friend in Africa, a continent that I have been systematically exploring each year since 1984. In those days, encounters with wild rhinos was expected when we walked in the bush. Hardly a decade later, they were all but gone. In Dave Butler's latest book, he takes you into the heart of a southern African country where rhinos still exist in good numbers. The challenge he so creatively illustrates with his latest Jenny Willson novel — In Rhino We Trust —is to keep them alive. As I read, I could feel the daily heat building, hear the doves calling, and feel the gut-wrenching angst of the wildlife heroes as they hunted the poachers. Dave will pull you inside the world of anti-poaching and into the precarious edge of the Namibian wilderness. His descriptions of the landscape, the people who live there, the wildlife, the dust, the beauty, the politics and the heartbreak, make his latest book a winner and a must read for any wildlife enthusiast.