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The twisty follow-up to the Hillerman Prize?winning The Territory, featuring tough smalltown Texas police chief Josie Gray
It was pure luck that Josie Gray spotted Cassidy Harper's car, abandoned on the side of the road. If she hadn't, then she'd never have found Cassidy, lying nearly dead of heatstroke on the desert sand beside the body of a Mexican immigrant. But Cassidy can't explain why she was out for a walk in the midday desert heat, let alone how ...
The twisty follow-up to the Hillerman Prize–winning The Territory, featuring tough smalltown Texas police chief Josie Gray
It was pure luck that Josie Gray spotted Cassidy Harper's car, abandoned on the side of the road. If she hadn't, then she'd never have found Cassidy, lying nearly dead of heatstroke on the desert sand beside the body of a Mexican immigrant. But Cassidy can't explain why she was out for a walk in the midday desert heat, let alone how she happened upon the corpse. And once Josie sees the ominous wounds on the man's body, she knows she needs to find the answer fast, before her own life is in danger.
Tricia Fields's The Territory marked her as talented new author of Southwestern crime, and Scratchgravel Road marks an inventive new mystery set in the unique world of smalltown Texas.
“Captivating. … Fields deftly balances the intriguing intimate relationships among her characters with the broader themes of industrial corruption and greed. With her wild desert settings and her thrilling plot, Fields' novel is situated somewhere between Western terrain and mystery territory.”
“Full of nonstop action … Fields’s second crime novel will be a sure hit with mystery fans who miss the late Hillerman and readers who love contemporary Westerns.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“As in Fields’ Tony Hillerman Prize–winning debut: carefully integrated red herrings, a tinge of romance and dead-on descriptions of West Texas weather—oppressive heat, weeklong downpours and earth-obliterating mudslides.”
“Noteworthy for the delineation of the west Texas desert country and the well-drawn cast of characters; Josie Gray is a protagonist worth following.”
“Fields sounds a warning on industrial dangers and their wide-ranging effects on ordinary people in this engrossing follow-up to her Hillerman Prize–winning debut, The Territory. … A tense climax with a flood, mudslide, explosives, and a possible murderer add to the suspense.”
“This author was born in Hawaii and lives in Indiana, but she's earned a spot as an honorary Texan. Her series featuring police chief Josie Gray vividly brings Artemis, a West Texas border town, to life.”
“Some readers might think they have the mystery figured out early on, but they should keep reading. Fields has a couple surprises in store.”
—Dallas Morning News
“Scratchgravel Road is a fast-paced, action-packed mystery that is quite frightening. … Tricia Fields has ripped the headlines from today's newspapers, created an intense, fast-paced plot, and fleshed it out with realistic characters, both good and bad. Highly recommended for mystery lovers who crave a lot of action and drama, Scratchgravel Road will take readers on an unforgettable journey”
Verdict Fields’s second crime novel will be a sure hit with mystery fans who miss the late Hillerman and readers who love contemporary Westerns. [See Prepub Alert, 10/8/12.]—Patricia Ann Owens, Illinois Eastern Community Colls., Mt. Carmel
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Posted October 2, 2013
Just finished this 2nd book in the series and loved it! I read the first book a year ago and enjoyed it. I thought the 2nd book was even better. The first book sets up the town and the cartel. It explains "The Territory" as a place along the border with Mexico and all the cartel drama that comes with that. I thought this was an even better overall mystery. I loved the connection to the closed nuclear weapons factory. Very original storyline and was happy that Josie and the basic cast of characters was back. I heard the author speak at Bouchercon and was impressed. She has a new book with the series coming out sometime later this year. I would definitely recommend the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 25, 2013
Was very disappointed in this novel. Purchased after reading her first effort. Did not have the good story line nor did it keep you reading to find out what happens next. I found myself skimming through pages trying to get to a more exciting stage of the story. I would not recommend this book to anyone and I shall wait to order any future effort by the author until it has been out for a while and readers have had a chance to review it.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.