Dead Game: A John Marquez Crime Novel

Dead Game: A John Marquez Crime Novel

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by Kirk Russell
     
 

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Named one of the top ten crime novels of 2005 by the American Library Association, Deadgame marks the return of "far and away the most inventive new detective hero" (Booklist). Ex-DEA agent John Marquez, now head of the undercover unit of the California Department of Fish and Game, is closing in on sturgeon poachers, whose highly profitable caviar

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Named one of the top ten crime novels of 2005 by the American Library Association, Deadgame marks the return of "far and away the most inventive new detective hero" (Booklist). Ex-DEA agent John Marquez, now head of the undercover unit of the California Department of Fish and Game, is closing in on sturgeon poachers, whose highly profitable caviar trade is backed by the Russian mafia. When his key confidential informant disappears, Marquez follows the trail directly into the middle of a deadly FBI operation and a web of conflicting loyalties. Newly releasedin paperback, this fast-paced, compelling, and vivid ecothriller pushes the tough-but-sensitive Marquez to the limit.

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The latest challenge for California Fish & Game Warden John Marquez is a group of poachers who kill sturgeon for caviar and aren't too solicitous about higher species either.

Fish & Game's Special Operations Unit is on the ropes. Tax-averse California citizens have cut their budget repeatedly, slashing the number of agents from ten to five to three, even though the bad guys are just as active and inventive as ever. Marquez (Night Game, 2004, etc.) and his wardens hope to turn sturgeon poacher Abe Raburn against former KGB agent Nikolai Ludovna, who came to the U.S. to move real estate and black-market caviar. But Raburn is so terrified of Ludovna that he's not much help. Russian-born field guide Anna Burdovsky has agreed to do some snooping on Marquez's behalf. When she disappears from a rendezvous with Don August, whose specialty-food stores may be selling illegal caviar, signs point to foul play. Marquez's boss is getting put out to pasture, and his home life doesn't look so great either: He and his wife Katherine are too obsessed with their jobs to make much of a home for Katherine's daughter Maria, who's visiting East Coast colleges without the slightest intention of attending any of them. Although the tale and its people may all seem familiar, Russell brings some formidable skills to bear: an exquisite eye for a hundred shades of gray among the poachers, traffickers, buyers and informants along the food chain, and a passion for every corner of the wilderness they're bent on exploiting into oblivion. And not just them, but the populace at large. As Marquez reflects: "The debate wasn't so much about how to live in balance with nature, but whether it was worth the effort."

Russell tackles both action sequences and intractable moral problems with prose as sharp and efficient as a filleting knife. Kirkus Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811859356
Publisher:
Chronicle Books LLC
Publication date:
05/03/2007
Series:
John Marquez Series, #3
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.75(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Kirk Russell is the author of Shell Games and Night Game, the first two books in the John Marquez crime novel series. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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