Redback (John Marquez Series #4)

Redback (John Marquez Series #4)

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by Kirk Russell
     
 

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Fourth novel in the highly-acclaimed John Marquez crime series - Eighteen years ago, Special Agent John Marquez was forced to watch as his informant, Billy Takado, was gunned down, the victim of a set-up by criminal mastermind Emrahain Stoval. In the fallout from the affair, Marquez lost his job. Now, working for California’s Department of Fish and Games,

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Fourth novel in the highly-acclaimed John Marquez crime series - Eighteen years ago, Special Agent John Marquez was forced to watch as his informant, Billy Takado, was gunned down, the victim of a set-up by criminal mastermind Emrahain Stoval. In the fallout from the affair, Marquez lost his job. Now, working for California’s Department of Fish and Games, John is contacted by a former colleague. Ted Desault is determined to take Stoval down, but to do that, he needs Marquez’s help . . .

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Publishers Weekly
At the start of Russell's thrilling fourth John Marquez novel (after Deadgame), DEA special agent Marquez and an informant, Billy Takado, meet brothers Luis and Miguel Salazar, members of "the most violent cartel in Mexico," in a Baja California bull ring as part of an undercover drug operation. When Miguel executes Takado as a warning, Marquez takes the blame and is forced to leave the DEA. Two decades later, as an agent for the California Department of Fish and Game, Marquez discovers that wealthy poacher Emrahain Stoval was the ruthless criminal behind Takado's murder and is now the target of a special FBI task force. Even though the choice jeopardizes his family and stirs dark memories, Marquez becomes a temporary FBI agent to pursue the cunning predator. Meanwhile, he realizes that someone he knows and trusts must be leaking information to Stoval. The tension rises as the unpredictable plot skitters and jitters along, powered by smoothly understated prose. (Feb.)
Kirkus Reviews

Just how monstrous can the targets of the California Department of Fish and Game be? John Marquez's fourth case (Dead Game, 2005, etc.)provides a surprising answer.

Before he joined Fish and Game's Special Operations Unit, Marquezwas supervisor of the DEA's Group 5. His career flamed out with the execution of informant Billy Takado and the deaths of three of his federal colleagues, one of them apparently taking kickbacks from Emrahain Stoval, the fearsome money man for the Salazar drug cartel. After being eased out of the DEA and retreating from his affair with agent Sheryl Javits, Marquez married his sweetheart Katherine, settled into his role as stepfather to her daughter Maria, and found work hunting poachers. Now, just as he's hot on the trail of bighorn hunter Patrick Maitland, Ted Desault, his old enemy at the FBI, approaches him with an extravagant offer. Certain that Stoval has fingers in many pies—cocaine smuggling, illegal trophy hunting, trafficking in animal parts—Desault wants to mount an all-out effort against him. He offers Marquez a one-year assignment as a Task Force Officer, "the James Bond of wildlife enforcement," whose job is to track Stoval wherever he goes and nail him on whatever charges he can. Just to sweeten what looks like a rotten deal, Marquez realizes that Patrick Maitland is really Stoval.

Russell's narrative is so drastically compressed that you can barely take in the many action sequences, betrayals and violent deaths in this breathless survey of how much worse international trafficking has grown over the past 20 years.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781847512949
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Publication date:
08/01/2011
Series:
John Marquez Series, #4
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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Redback 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think reading two books back to back on the Marquez series is enough for me. Although they are entertaing, the plot follows the same course. I will recommend them. They are fast pace, they do tend to bog down now and then. Don't let that deter you.
densrack More than 1 year ago
very well writtened. and very much todays headlines.