Then a tip call comes which reveals the location of a gun used to kill two young women camping along the Klamath River two years ago. Read more...
Then a tip call comes which reveals the location of a gun used to kill two young women camping along the Klamath River two years ago. At the same time, Marquez is on the hunt for a notorious animal trafficker known as Rider, who s rumoured to have a hideout in mountainous northern California. The subsequent discovery of thousands of invasive northern pike triggers a cascade of clues and questions that draws Marquez away from his pursuit of Rider. Or do they? Is there a connection?
When a Siskiyou County investigator and an ambitious sheriff question Marquez s interest in the murders of the two women and his relentless presence in the remote northern county, the stakes rise ever higher and the way forward is fraught with risk."
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Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-09-16
- Reviewer: Staff
In Russell’s solid fifth mystery featuring Lt. John Marquez (after 2011’s Redback), the former DEA agent turned Northern California game warden doggedly follows the trail of shadowy figures who are systematically violating environmental laws. At the same time, Marquez investigates a new lead in the brutal murder of a pair of campers that occurred two years earlier, in the process arousing suspicion himself. Connections gradually emerge between the cold case and the planned ecological crime, a scheme to render environmental-impact lawsuits over water rights moot by dumping a devastatingly invasive fish species into Northern California’s rivers. Marquez is a sympathetic, meticulous, and resolute investigator, but other characters tend to speak in overlong expository lumps and gnomic retorts as Marquez questions them, and the villains’ motives never quite become believable. Still, the setting is portrayed with care, and the chance to root for an animal-saving, nature-loving detective is a pleasant respite from the weary cynicism of typical police procedurals. Agent: Lukas Ortiz, Philip Spitzer Literary Agency. (Nov.)