Deadgame: a John Marquez crime novel by Kirk Russell

By Kirk Russell

3rd within the sequence of crime novels that includes what Booklist known as "far and away the main creative new detective hero," California Fish and video game warden John Marquez's newest research starts off with Marquez at the cellphone to a personal informant as she's mysteriously kidnapped. Marquez and his understaffed team—which is slated for shutdown by means of most sensible brass—search frantically for the informant of their closing weeks, whereas additionally pursuing sturgeon poachers (who can have anything to do with the abduction) and tangling with either the Russian mob and the FBI alongside the best way. and also you inspiration your task used to be tricky.

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Forty minutes later a Sacramento County detective named Brian Selke took over, and a K-9 unit from Contra Costa crossed the Antioch Bridge and dropped into the delta. Marquez related the phone conversation to Selke and gave him what he had for addresses and phone numbers on Anna Burdovsky and Don August. He gave Selke license plates and a description of August’s Porsche. ” he asked. ” Selke was a solid-looking guy, balding, broad nose, thick wrists, shoulders rolled forward. He stood close to Marquez as he asked his questions, then left him when a dog found a wallet in the brush.

They crossed the Sacramento River and drove toward Main Street in Rio Vista where Raburn said he routinely sold to the owner of Beaudry’s Bait Shop, a place Marquez knew. According to Raburn, the former owner, Tom Beaudry, had sold out over a year ago to an ex-con named Richie Crey. Sold the sport fishing business, the boat, everything. “Crey never wants to deal directly with me. ” “I don’t know where he sells it. ” Raburn didn’t see the humor. He rubbed the whiskers alongside his jaw. ” “No, but somebody is buying.

It was like a big deal and a favor he’d owe me for. ” “No, I got out to walk around and I don’t want to go back to my car because of the way they’re watching me. ” “Doesn’t sound crazy. ” “I’ll drive to you,” he said. ” The fishing access lot was down by the river, rectangular, bordered on the road side by the levee embankment, on the other by an asphalt path and a row of oak trees. He could picture her car in the middle of the lot. “Should I just run down to my car and get in fast? ” Probably, because there was a pretty good chance the two men in the car were there for no reason other than the lot was free, along the river, and it was Friday night, the day after Thanksgiving on a long weekend.

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