Dead Game

Dead Game

by Kirk Russell

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Dead Game by Kirk Russell

There's only one reason for the illegal killing of so many sturgeon—caviar. And behind the highly profitable trade in caviar is the Russian mafia, dealing in things much more dangerous than fish eggs.

John Marquez is closing in on the sturgeon poachers when his key confidential informant disappears. Marquez and his understaffed team—which is slated for shutdown by top brass—search frantically for the informant in their remaining weeks, while also pursuing the poachers and tangling with the Russian mob and the FBI.

Fast-paced, thought-provoking, and vivid, this eco-thriller pushes the tough but sensitive Marquez to the limit. Dead Game is a tale of unforgettable action and complex human emotions.

“Russell tackles both action sequences and intractable moral problems with prose as sharp and efficient as a filleting knife...”
—Kirkus Reviews

“...wildly fun and solidly convincing...undercover procedure, well-drawn characters, and the kind of description—whether of action or scenery—that leaves one gasping. Russell is at the top of his game.”
—Booklist (starred review, and one of the top ten crime novels of the year!)

Product Details

BN ID: 2940153997124
Publisher: Kirk Russell
Publication date: 02/01/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 404,559
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Kirk Russell is the author of numerous thrillers and crime novels, including "Shell Games," "Redback," and "One Through the Heart." His book "Dead Game" was named one of the top ten crime novels of 2005 by the American Library Association. Russell’s novels have had numerous starred reviews. Among them, Library Journal referred to his "Counterfeit Road" as “an addictive police procedural on speed.” Russell lives in Berkeley, California.

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Dead Game 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
California Fish & Game Special Operations Unit Warden John Marquez is concerned with the poaching of sturgeon in the Sacramento/San Joaquin River delta. Someone was killing the sturgeon to ¿extract¿ the eggs to make caviar and is unconcerned about collateral damage to other fish. However, Marquez does not have the manpower to stop the poachers as his unit has shrunk down to three while the criminals have gotten smarter, bigger, and more energetic, and the FBI steps in and out looking for sound byte poser cases only. --- Still he tries using informants to help him catch the crooks such as former sturgeon poacher Abe Raburn who Marquez pressures into testifying against former KGB agent Nikolai Ludovna, who came to the states allegedly as a realtor, but is the caviar poaching kingpin. Abe proves uninformative perhaps out of fear of retaliation. Russian-born field guide Anna Burdovsky agrees to help, but she vanishes without a trace following a meeting with specialty food storeowner Don August, who Marquez believes sells illegal caviar. With potential problems at home, Marquez concentrates on expediting Anna from danger though he fears he is too late. --- The key to this fine fish and wildlife police procedural is the different personalities that make up the sturgeon poaching crowd as readers will understand the economic motivations of poachers, sellers, storeowners, users, law enforcement officials, and informants. The story line is somewhat typical of the undermanned and under-equipped cops struggling to defeat superior forces while knowing a victory today just means a new criminal takes over the territory. DEAD GAME is a fabulous tale that entertains the audience while also educating readers with how complex the environmental-economic issues are. --- Harriet Klausner
GameFace More than 1 year ago
I liked Russell's second book in this series better but this book wasn't too bad. I really liked the idea of the book but felt some parts could have been developed more. There were a few times I had to stop for a second and fill in the gaps on my own...maybe that was Russell's intention?
ECH52 More than 1 year ago
It's an OK read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't believe I actually finished this book.
golfpaulPH More than 1 year ago
Great writing with a solid plot that kept me wanting more.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I started out liking the John Marquez series, but after reading through several books, it was the same ole same ole. I became bored with them. Different characters same plot. Maybe some day I'll come back to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Story moved along well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live in Sacramento, so the book appealed to me partly because I recognized so much of the settings. It isn't a nail biting thriller, but learning more about fish and game wardens and sturgeon fish makes it very worth reading. I will be looking at more of the author's books.
iPodReader More than 1 year ago
Hard going. In a sense this really isn't fiction. There's lots of "he did this" and "she said that," but really no character development, almost no interior monologue or thoughts, very little in the way of compelling or dramatic relationships. I will say the progress of the case seemed extremely realistic. I felt as though I could drive the roads and see the exact sites the author was describing I real life. In fact I suspected he really was just describing places he knew and people he had encountered. I struggled to finish this book.
azboots47 More than 1 year ago
The book drug in places and didnt have enough action.
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rothgar More than 1 year ago
Good suspense yarn!
BonnieLouWho53 More than 1 year ago
Read while on vacation. Looking to read previous book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very very slow going. Like others, I put this book on hold and read another book or two, hoping Dead Game would get better. I cant recommend this book unless you enjoy a very slow pace. I dont plan to read any other books by this author.
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