This is a work of fiction, but it is true that the novel was loosely inspired by a poaching investigation in which I was involved while working as a national park warden in Banff.
The story itself had a long gestation; it sat unfinished on a shelf for years before writing professor and celebrated author Angie Abdou persuaded me to dust it off. I had a lucky break when the novel was short-listed for the 2015 Unhanged Arthur Award (best unpublished crime novel in Canada). At the Crime Writers of Canada gala dinner in Toronto, I met inspiring writers, agents and publishers who were friendly and generous with their advice. It was there that I made contact with the wonderful folks at Dundurn Press.