By Kirk Russell
(Chronicle Books, Hardcover, 9780811841122, 352pp.)
Publication Date: October 1, 2004
List Price: $23.95*
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Kirk Russell lives in Berkeley, California.
Splendid second outing in a procedural series (Shell Games, 2003) about a tough-as-nails California Fish & Game investigator busting a cabal of bear poachers...Superb suspense, culminating in an exhausting but satisfying series of chases, showdowns, and bitter glimpses of justice denied. --Kirkus Reviews (Starred review)
Russell introduced a highly original detective, an officer in the California Department of Fish and Game, in last year's Shell Games. The return of the Fish and Game officer, John Marquez, this time working forests rather than the shore, proves the debut was no fluke. Russell writes of the wilds with deep knowledge, making his story achingly credible. --Booklist
"With its complex plotting and tough yet honorable protagonist, this exciting outdoor crime series is just the ticket for fans of C.J. Box's Joe Pickett and Joseph Heywood's Grady Service." --Library Journal
"Genuine evil and heart-stopping action are not reserved solely for the gritty inner city, but flourish as well in Kirk Russell's rural California settings in his second John Marquez outing, Night Game. This is a series, and an author, to hitch on to." --C.J. Box, author of Trophy Hunt
"Kirk Russell writes with the clarity of a mountain stream. He has captured a fascinating subculture and peopled it with characters deep enough to drown in. The story flows through the brain with an exhilarating rush." --Nevada Barr, author of High Country
"Night Game is an engaging, harrowing, and at times heart-breaking tale told with crisp but evocative prose. Author Kirk Russell guides us through a world of ruthless bear poachers and organ harvesters, with an unerring eye for how the marginalized mandate of wildlife protectors opens up into a much larger story of who we are and how we live. A bracing, convincing, and heartfelt read." --David Corbett, author of The Devil's Redhead and Done For a Dime