Night Game: A John Marquez Crime Novel

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Former DEA agent John Marquez brings gritty investigative techniques and a clouded past to his role as head of a special operations unit of the California Department of Fish and Game. In the second thrilling case of this masterful series, Marquez and his team's cover is blown, leaving him caught between a ruthless band of bear poachers, a corrupt local game warden, and a county detective obsessed with a murderer-at-large. Meanwhile, Marquez's own fragile family is left wide open to mortal danger. Night Game hits ...
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Overview

Former DEA agent John Marquez brings gritty investigative techniques and a clouded past to his role as head of a special operations unit of the California Department of Fish and Game. In the second thrilling case of this masterful series, Marquez and his team's cover is blown, leaving him caught between a ruthless band of bear poachers, a corrupt local game warden, and a county detective obsessed with a murderer-at-large. Meanwhile, Marquez's own fragile family is left wide open to mortal danger. Night Game hits hard and moves fast toward a finish that ricochets through wilderness, backwoods towns, and the darker recesses of greed.
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A highly original detective . . . . Russell writes of the wilds with deep knowledge, making his story achingly credible.
Library Journal
In his second outing (after Shell Games), California Fish and Game Lt. John Marquez and his Special Operations Unit (SOU) go undercover in the Sierras to find the source of bear parts farming, an illegal business made lucrative by Chinese medicine practitioners needing bear bile. Wary of his informant, Marquez also doubts local warden Bill Petroni's forthrightness since the two of them have a history-and Petroni is dating a member of a known poaching family. Worse still, sheriff's detective Jack Kendal wants to implicate Petroni in an unsolved homicide of a geology graduate student. Things really heat up when Petroni's estranged wife turns up dead, he disappears, and the SOU finds its case deeply entwined with the others. With its complex plotting and tough yet honorable protagonist, this exciting outdoor crime series is just the ticket for fans of C.J. Box's Joe Pickett and Joseph Heywood's Grady Service. For most mystery collections. Russell lives in Berkeley, CA.-Teresa L. Jacobsen, Santa Monica P.L., CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Splendid second outing in a procedural series (Shell Games, 2003) about a tough-as-nails California Fish & Game investigator busting a cabal of bear poachers. Lt. John Marquez thinks he's alone in the forest when he hears a twig snap. Kirk milks so much malevolence from that single sound that the disturbingly horrific events that follow-including a murder as ghastly as the infamous flaying deaths in The Silence of the Lambs-invest the scenic northern California mountains with as much brooding danger as any inner city slum. As head of the last remaining state Fish & Game undercover investigation team, Marquez is after a shadowy group of poachers who bait, trap, torture, and kill bears, then sell pieces of them to folk healers. No mere bunch of backwoods bad boys, this group has hacked into the state computers and has the names and addresses of Marquez and his team, and of their family members. Now, Marquez finds himself cast as a go-between a possibly corrupt game warden, Bill Petroni, and a zealous homicide detective, Jack Kendal. Kendall is trying to solve a nearly year-old murder of an idealistic young camper, while Petroni, who once led a similar Fish & Game undercover team, has left his wife to move in with bar maid and local femme fatale Sophie Broussard, whose family and boyfriend have a history of drug manufacturing, bear poaching, and over-the-top violence. Add in a powerful state senator who's about to join a logging industry lobbyist on a bear hunt-without a license. Russell manages expertly in shifting between scenes of shocking brutality and sour cynicism (for conniving bureaucrats and venal lawyers), not to mention in portraying the many levels of affection Marquez feels forhis team, his family, the animals he's sworn to protect, and the magnificent wilderness that surrounds him. Superb suspense, culminating in an exhausting but satisfying series of chases, showdowns, and bitter glimpses of justice denied.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811850445
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: John Marquez Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.62 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Kirk Russell lives in Berkeley, California.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2004

    A Fast-Paced, Compelling Read

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, the second installment in the John Marquez crime fiction series. Intelligent characters, well-paced plot, an insight into a world I knew nothing about, the illegal trafficking in bear bile (just as the first Marquez explored the world of abalone smuggling, another world previously unknown to me) - plus, to top it all off, good writing. One could hardly ask for anything more, except a third installment. As to that, I understand one is on the way, one focusing on caviar and sturgeon trafficking, with a special appearance by Russian mobsters. I'm looking forward to it already. In the meantime, though, check out Night Game. You won't be disappointed.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    Pretty good!

    This is not the type of book I normally read (nonfiction, scifi, classics) so it was hard to get used to the writing style but overall I think it was a good book. It kept me entertained and was a good vacation read. I thought the plot was very interesting- haven't found anything related to Fish and Game mysteries ever. If you want an easy, interesting read I recommend it!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

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    Leave it to harriet klausner to ruin another book with her cliff note plot spoiler. Bn needs to delete all her plot spoiling posts.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 29, 2012

    a good mystery and likeable main characters

    Russell sets his books in beautiful parts of California that don't make the news, the people actually understand nature, not like so many "nature lovers", and Marquez has a real life outside of his work. I also like that Marquez and his family aren't at odds over his work's demands for a change.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    A character driven thriller

    California Department of Fish & Game Special Operations Chief Lieutenant John Marquez and his undercover team investigate poachers using torturous devices to capture, and slaughter bears to sell body parts to healers. The violators are organized, professional, and one step ahead of the game wardens because they hacked into the law enforcement computers. No one interferes with this shadowy group¿s lucrative business and if threatening the wardens and their families fails, murder will follow and may have already occurred.................................. Meanwhile as he struggles to do his job without endangering his loved ones, John investigates disgraced game warden, Bill Petroni at the same time that homicide detective Jack Kendal suspects Bill for murder of a camper last year. The link is Bill¿s live in lover Sophie Broussard, who has ties to bear poaching and other illegal activities. Could Bill have provided insider information to a deadly group intent on keeping their profits the envy of the Fortune 500 firms?................... The atmosphere is incredible as the picturesque Northern California Mountains come across as sinister and dangerous as any urban noir scene. John is terrific with his ethics pulled in several directions due to concern for his family, his team and their family, the bears he is supposed to protect, and doing his job. The enemy is the key as they are shadowy yet successful, which leads to intrigue balanced against cruelty and cynicism from government officials whose vision is a paraphrase from the Eisenhower administration that what is good for business is good for the USA. This is a fabulous tale in which justice and morality struggles against making a buck at any cost (as long as someone else pays the tab)....................... Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 15, 2013

    Well told story

    I'll look for other books in the Series. Well told story with interesting twists. Believable to an ex-cop

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  • Posted January 17, 2013

    Recommend

    This book was hard for me to get interested in, but once I did it was a very good book.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    Not a Good Read

    Thought it was to contrived. Finished it just to finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Rcommend for the outdoors men.

    The story includes too many character,game wardens,poochers,girls,lawmen. I just found it too hard to follow,but I always continue to the end.

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

    An interesting read I became totally involved in.

    Living in California I knew all the areas the author wrote about. And I always like that. This book was about the law enforcement that protects our wild animals, in this case bears. It brought up problems I never knew about concerning selling bear parts to black markets for profit. And after reading this book I want to investigate more on the subject in a non-fiction setting. It is a page turner for sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    A good mystery

    Moves slower then I expected but lots of twists.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Booooring

    Forced myself to finish it. Not worth the time

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2012

    Don't Bother

    I gave on this book after 37 pages. Very hard to read, as the author doesn't punctuate well. I grew tired of rereading sentences to make sense of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2012

    Gay

    I recommend this book to anyone else that it gay buzzums

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2012

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    This is very simple. All u hav 2 do is skip the reviews that r mpte than 2;pages long. Obviosly u r 2 stupod 2 figure it out on ur on. I like harriets reviews. Unlike u, i dont have the money 2 by al of the salevbooks. So do me a favor, and shut ur dum trap. Some people dont appreciate wen others whine about everything. Why dont u worry about something that is going to matter like wen u die or something!

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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