Wolf Kill

(A Sam Rivers Mystery)

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Wolf Kill
(A Sam Rivers Mystery)

by Cary J. Griffith

$16.95 – ISBN 978-1-64755-057-8 – June 15, 2021 – 256 pages
Publisher: Adventure Publications, an Imprint of AdventureKEEN

A decades-old promise haunts Sam Rivers, but the wildlife biologist refuses to return home―not with his abusive and estranged father still there. Sam 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, Sam 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. Sam 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, Sam must unravel the wolf kill and learn what really happened to his father―a man Sam 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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Praise for Wolf Kill

“Fans of Paul Doiron’s The Poacher’s Son or the Joe Pickett books will appreciate this descriptive novel with an intriguing plot and well-written characters.”
— Lesa Holstine, Library Journal

“Cary J. Griffith's Wolf Kill is a surprisingly fast-paced, highly intriguing outdoor action thriller with some mystery and romance thrown in for good measure.”
— Joseph B. Hoyos, Gumshoe

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

“... involving, fast-paced... [Cary J. Griffith’s] writing is so vivid the reader wants to bundle up and enjoy the beauty of the landscape, even at 20 below zero.”
— Mary Ann Grossmann, Pioneer Press

“The latest from accomplished Minnesota author Cary J. Griffith brings us a new North Woods hero to join the ranks of William Kent Krueger’s Cork O’Connell and Allen Eskens’ Max Rupert. He even gives Brian Freeman’s Minnesota-to-the-core Jonathan Stride a run for the money.”
— Genny Greene, Star Tribune

“In Northern Minnesota, winter is full of dangers that can kill: hard cold, hard men, and hungry wolves. Cary J. Griffith brings the menace of all three into play in his riveting new thriller. Returning to the childhood home he fled 20 years earlier, Sam Rivers finds himself battling a group of scheming reprobates and struggling against an avalanche of painful memories. Griffith’s intimacy with the territory he writes about comes through in every line. I loved this novel and recommend it highly. But I suggest you enjoy it under a warm blanket. Honestly, I’ve never read a book that evokes the fierce winter landscape of the North Country better than Wolf Kill.”
— William Kent Krueger, Edgar Award–winning author of This Tender Land

"Up here in the North Country, we have a bounty of fine mystery writers.
Krueger, Housewright, Eskins, Freeman, Mejia, Sanford . . . add to that list
Cary Griffith, whose Wolf Kill thrills for its plotting, superb writing, and
unforgettable characters, not least the brutal Minnesota winter. Sam Rivers
is not only a fine sleuth, but a complicated man with a complicated history
and a fair family grudge. Taken together, he’s a force, both on the page, and
long after you finish reading his story. Good thing there’s more of him to go
around, and I’ll be first in line for the next Sam Rivers novel."
—Peter Geye, author of Northernmost

“Griffith’s prose makes you feel the winter chill . . . and the twisty plot delivers
a chill down your spine. This is a Minnesota mystery with razor-sharp teeth.”
—Brian Freeman, New York Times bestselling author of
The Deep, Deep Snow

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

"Cary J. Griffith defines the savage, howling beauty of a Northern Minnesota
winter in this taut, compulsively readable mystery. I want more Sam Rivers!"
—Wendy Webb, author of
The Haunting of Brynn Wilder

"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


Sam Rivers, special agent for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, returns to Minnesota's Iron Range. He investigates wolf depredation of livestock, but wolves aren't the only predators around. A murder lands him on a case unlike any he's worked before.