THE LAST RANGER – Peter Heller – Uncover Yellowstone’s Secrets!

Life and death are intertwined in a swift and poetic narrative.

By Peter Heller ‧ RELEASE DATE: Aug. 1, 2023

Ren Hopper, a ranger in Yellowstone National Park, has a unique job that involves a variety of tasks. From arresting an intoxicated driver for hitting a bison to saving a family from a protective mother moose, Ren’s job is often busy and sometimes perilous. His current mission is to track down the poacher responsible for killing the park’s wild wolf population, which had been absent for over seven decades before being restored.

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His friend Hilly, a renowned wolf biologist, is almost killed by a trap that was set for her, leading Ren to suspect a local resident, Les Ingraham, who was denied a professional football career due to injury. He also can’t rule out the possibility that a militant group hostile to federal hunting restrictions may be involved. Heller’s writing is fast-paced and elegant, and he creates a cast of characters that are well-developed, particularly Ren, who is still dealing with the grief of his mother leaving the family. The story culminates in a thrilling chase scene that brings the nature adventure to a satisfying conclusion.

Pub Date: Aug. 1, 2023
ISBN: 9780593535110

Page Count: 304
Publisher: Knopf

Review Posted Online: June 21, 2023
Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 15, 2023