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The Territory: A Novel

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At the end of State Road 170 and just past a ghost town lies Artemis, population 2,500. The townspeople had sought out this remote corner of Western Texas in hopes of living lives of solitude and independence. None of them realized that their small town would become a hot spot for Mexican drug runners, whose turf battles have turned both sides of the Rio Grande into a war zone. Still, many of the locals would rather take the law into their own hands than get ...

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Overview

At the end of State Road 170 and just past a ghost town lies Artemis, population 2,500. The townspeople had sought out this remote corner of Western Texas in hopes of living lives of solitude and independence. None of them realized that their small town would become a hot spot for Mexican drug runners, whose turf battles have turned both sides of the Rio Grande into a war zone. Still, many of the locals would rather take the law into their own hands than get help from police chief Josie Gray, even when they're up against a cartel's private army.

After arresting one of the cartel's hit men and killing another, Josie finds her life at risk for doing a job that many people would rather see her quit. And when the town's self-appointed protector of the Second Amendment is murdered and his cache of weapons disappears, it's clear that she doesn't have to pick sides in this war. She's battling them both.

Set in a desert landscape as beautiful as it is dangerous, The Territory captures the current border issues from the eyes of a tough, compelling heroine and richly evokes the American Southwest.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Drug runners have turned Artemis, Tex., across the Rio Grande from Mexico, into a war zone in Fields’s impressive debut, winner of the 2010 Tony Hillerman Prize. On both sides of the border, the police are outnumbered and whole neighborhoods fear the turf battles between the Medrano and the La Bestia cartels. Police chief Josie Gray and her small department are doing their best to keep the criminals in check, but losing ground every day. Josie is targeted after killing a La Bestia hit man and wounding another. She also learns she’s on the “enemies” list of a Second Amendment group, whose leader, Red Goff, has just been murdered. The town’s egotistical, power-hungry mayor constantly undermines her, and she finds evidence that at least one sheriff’s deputy is on the take. Fields’s rich plotting, nonstop action, and deft characterizations show the personal side of the larger issue of drug cartels on both sides of the border. (Nov.)
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A Sun-Sentinel Best Mystery Debut of the Year

"Buckle your seatbelts for an off-road trip full of adrenaline. Tough and determined to make her way in today’s Wild West, Josie is the type of police chief you’d want in your hometown, a gutsy new heroine who would be friends with Nevada Barr’s Anna Pigeon and probably Lori Armstrong’s Mercy Gunderson, too."

Library Journal (starred review)

"Fields’s rich plotting, nonstop action, and deft characterizations show the personal side of the larger issue of drug cartels on both sides of the border."

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

 

"Fields builds suspense with a well-wrought cast of characters who deal with deadly violence that’s particularly frightening for being all-too-believable. And no one does it better than Josie Gray, who persists in the face of unspeakable danger. Readers will want to see much more of her."

 

--Booklist (starred review)

 

"Tricia Fields' gritty debut novel about a Texas border town battling a Mexican drug cartel feels like, well, fresh territory for a mystery. The Territory has a lot going for it, in addition to its newsy storyline."

 

USA Today

 

"The Territory provides plenty of thrills for readers, as well as food for thought, as it examines the problems that Mexico's drug cartels, their wealth and their ruthlessness present for small U.S. communities along the Texas border."

 

Associated Press

 

"Police Chief Josie Gray is an unforgettable character. ... Tricia Fields' The Territory is an exciting debut in a series that has much promise. It is highly recommended for fans of noir, especially Texas noir."

 

Gumshoe Review

 

"Less a police procedural whodunit than a portrait of a town in constant crisis, [The Territory] runs on adrenaline."

 

Houston Chronicle

 

"I really enjoyed this book - its sexy heroine, its dramatic landscapes of the Chinati Mountains and its strong plotting that includes a breathless chase through an "arroyo" in brownout conditions. One of the novel's themes - that decent people working both sides of the border are under regular threat from violent bajadores as much as from uninformed budget cuts - is a particularly harrowing one."

 

Journal Sentinel

 

"The Territory introduces a fresh, confident writer of Western crime fiction. For a debuting author, Tricia Fields dives right in. ... Fields captures the solitude, beauty and heat of the Chihuahuan desert, the brutal violence spilling across the border and the humanity and grit of the townspeople Chief Josie is sworn to protect."

 

Dallas Morning News

 

"[A]terrific first novel, ... both promising and satisfying."

 

Sullivan County Democrat

 

The Territory has it all: believable characters, a terse plot, and an accurate depiction of a section of the Texas/Mexican border that’s a virtual war zone.  This is a gritty contemporary crime novel that’s lifted above the pack by the intense humanity of its female protagonist.  Don’t miss it.”

—Milton T. Burton, author of Nights of the Red Moon

“There’s a new voice in Western crime fiction—Tricia Fields is the real deal."

—Craig Johnson, author of The Cold Dish and Hell is Empty

“With a sure voice and ferocious pacing, Fields enters the crime fiction work with an entertaining, beautifully executed novel that belies its debut status. Crime fiction readers who yearn for wide-open spaces, characters with real heartbeats, and stories that ring true will welcome Fields and wait breathlessly for the next installment in this exciting new series.”

—M.J. Rose, author of The Reincarnationist

“As an expat West Texan, I love a story that authentically captures the special qualities of far-West border life, and The Territory does just that. Tricia Field's engaging mystery is as much about its people as its plot, a portrait of complicated, yearning, striving folks. Some have fallen to their worst impulses, and villainy chomps at the edges of civilized life. But others, like the delightfully stubborn and surprisingly tough Police chief, Josie Gray, do their best to bring peace and safety to their town, and love to their hearts.”

Sandra Scofield, author of Occasions of Sin, Winner of a Best Fiction award from the Texas Institute of Letters, and finalist for the National Book Award

 

Library Journal
Josie Gray, police chief for a tiny Texas border town, isn't about to let the Mexican drug cartels overrun Artemis, population 2500. But a night of brutal slayings on the Mexican side spills over into her local emergency room, and the result is a hospital shoot-out with huge ramifications for Josie's personal safety. Whew! And that's just the beginning. Then the local off-the-grid guy (who just happens to run an illegal-weapons business) is killed execution-style—turns out he'd been selling to the Mexicans. The violence increases along with Josie's strategizing as she tries to figure out whom she can trust in this mess of deception and greed. VERDICT Buckle your seatbelts for an off-road trip full of adrenaline. Tough and determined to make her way in today's Wild West, Josie is the type of police chief you'd want in your hometown, a gutsy new heroine who would be friends with Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon and probably Lori Armstrong's Mercy Gunderson, too. This razor-fast thriller debut won the 2010 Tony Hillerman Prize for best first mystery set in the Southwest.
Kirkus Reviews
A drug war between the Medrano and La Bestia cartels holds a small border town hostage. Artemis, Texas, police chief Josie Gray is having a rough week. Caught in a shootout between two rival drug cartels, Josie finds that her job description now includes protecting one gang from the other. While she's trying to keep the peace, Josie becomes a target when she kills one gang member and imprisons another. There's more trouble in another corner of town. Red Goff, the local face of Second Amendment rights, is found shot and killed in a trailer neighboring his own. Red was the head of a local group of gun enthusiasts creatively named The Gunners. Now his stash of weapons has gone missing. With so much violence already plaguing Artemis, a big cache of missing weapons is bad news for Josie and her colleagues, Sheriff Roy Martinez and Mayor Moss. Nor is Josie's bad week limited to her investigation of Red's murder and her tightrope walk between the two drug gangs. Her mother, an adult version of a spoiled child, has come for a visit and who knows whatever else. Danger mounts as it becomes increasingly clear that the Medrano gang is going to hold Josie personally responsible for any deaths on her watch. Despite a clear, detailed plot, Fields' debut lacks the spark that would bring her sorely tried heroine and her problems alive.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312613785
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

TRICIA FIELDS lives in a log cabin on a small farm with her husband and two daughters. She was born in Hawaii but has spent most of her life in small town Indiana, where her husband is a state trooper. A lifelong obsession with Mexico and the Southwest led to The Territory and its sequel, Scratchgravel Road. She is currently working on her third Josie Gray mystery.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Highly recommended - action packed!

    Loved this book! Debut author, but it doesn't read like a first book. The setting was something you could step into, and the characters were fascinating. She puts the cartel situation into human terms - very scary times for West Texas. I hope this is part of a series, but I'm not sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2014

    Tony Hillerman fan applauds

    Great book. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series. Anyone who has enjoyed Tony Hillerman's work will appreciate Fields' effort. I love how the desert becomes part of the story. Good character development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2012

    Towleg place

    There is fence just on the other side is a house. A Twoleg place. In the grarden there is a patch of catmint great for greencough and whitecough. There is also a patch of honey-suckles. To make herbs easier to eat...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2011

    Fantastic

    Hope the author has more coming, good mystery read

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