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.
PRAISE FOR DEAD GAME
“Russell tackles both action sequences and intractable moral problems with prose as sharp and efficient as a filleting knife...”
“...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!)
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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.