Local writer and former Mono Lake ranger David Carleâ€™s new book is out on local shelves.
â€śThe Spotting Scope,â€ť a murder mystery based loosely in the Mono Lake area, is the prolific authorâ€™s second book of fiction after publishing 12 successful nonfiction books.
â€śI read mysteries for relaxation, and I wanted to try my hand at one,â€ť Carle, 61, said. â€śI especially wanted to portray a protagonist that enjoys life. Itâ€™s not a humorous or light book, necessarily, but itâ€™s not as dark as some mysteries, either.â€ť
The book traces Saline Lakeâ€™s former state park ranger and search and rescue team member Jack Morganâ€™s search for a missing boy who is lost in the Sierra Nevada mountains. During the search, Jack uncovers connections to a man found dead on the shores of the lakeâ€”and finds his own life in danger.
Carle said he draws upon his own extensive experience as a search and rescue team memberâ€”he was with the June Lake search and rescue team for many yearsâ€”and as a 27-year veteran park ranger.
â€śI started writing fiction because I wanted to get into the charactersâ€™ heads and emotions, after writing exclusively nonfiction,â€ť he said. He wrote a historical novel to test out the genre and liked it enough to write the mystery.
â€śThe Spotting Scope is an apt title for a novel focusing with vivid clarity on sharply escalating tensions following a murder,â€ť said author Kirk Russell, who wrote the books Redback and the John Marquez series.
â€śEx-park ranger David Carle draws on deep knowledge of the terrain and the people who live in it to create a plot where spiraling suspense feels as natural as the surrounding wilderness. I was taken by how clean and clear the writing was, easing from good-natured wit into the darkness of murder and anger unleashed as warring parties hunt a killer,â€ť he said.
The book is at the Booky Joint in Mammoth Lakes, at Spellbinder in Bishop, at the Mono Lake Committeeâ€™s store in Lee Vining, and at the Mono Basin Visitorâ€™s Center just south of Lee Vining. Itâ€™s also available on Kindle via Amazon, or go to http://users.qnet.com/~carle/ for more information about Carle and his books.