Night Game: A John Marquez Crime Novel

Night Game: A John Marquez Crime Novel

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by Kirk Russell
     
 

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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,

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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 hard and moves fast toward a finish that ricochets through wilderness, backwoods towns, and the darker recesses of greed.

Editorial Reviews

Booklist
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.
Kirkus Reviews
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)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

What People are saying about this

Nevada Barr
Kirk Russell writes with the clarity of a mountain stream. He has captured a fascinating subculture and peopled it with characters deep enough to drown in. The story flows through the brain with an exhilarating rush.
C.J. Box
Genuine evil and heart-stopping action are not reserved solely for the gritty inner city, but flourish as well in Kirk Russell's rural California settings in his second John Marquez outing, Night Game. This is a series, and an author, to hitch on to.
David Corbett
Night Game is an engaging, harrowing, and at times heart-breaking tale told with crisp but evocative prose. Author Kirk Russell guides us through a world of ruthless bear poachers and organ harvesters, with an unerring eye for how the marginalized mandate of wildlife protectors opens up into a much larger story of who we are and how we live. A bracing, convincing, and heartfelt read.

Meet the Author

Kirk Russell lives in Berkeley, California.

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