From the Author
Sometimes the imagination can't be neatly contained. When I first wrote PUSHED TOO FAR, I envisioned it as a standalone novel. But as I neared its completion, the stories of Val, Lund, and Val's niece clamored at the back of my mind and refused to fade away.
These voices became more adamant when the book was published and reviews and fan mail poured in, a regular chorus asking for the continuation of Val's tale. Val and Lund popped up in the novel SPREE, part of the Codename: Chandler spy thriller series that I write with J.A. Konrath, but instead of silencing my desire to write more about them, it only served to turn up the volume.
As a result, I've given up and given in. I'm now working on the second book in the Val Ryker series, BURNED TOO HOT, and plan to follow it with DEAD TOO SOON. I'm also having the time of my life writing them.
So thanks to all the readers who have asked about the future of Val and Lund. Because of you, they will live through more tragedy, danger, fear, and passion, and I have a feeling they'll be better for it in the end.
Ann Voss Peterson
From the Inside Flap
As a reader, there is nothing I love more than the chill of a cold, atmospheric thriller. It's why I've seen the film FARGO and read Scott B. Smith's classic A SIMPLE PLAN more times than I care to admit. It's the icy claustrophobia of the small-town Midwest in the dead of winter, that when channeled right, makes for something special--the best crime fiction in the world.
This novel by Ann Voss Peterson, PUSHED TOO FAR, is that kind of special, and its heroine, Val Ryker, Chief of Police of tiny Lake Loyal, Wisconsin, is one for the ages. When the victim of a prior murder that rocked the village inexplicably turns up, the man incarcerated for her killing, an undisputed monster, is released from prison with a hell of a grudge, intent on holding Ryker and everything she loves to the fire.
PUSHED TO FAR is not only a first-rate thriller, not only a police-procedural written with absolute authority by a writer who knows her stuff, but most of all, most importantly, it's a portrait of Police Chief Ryker, a woman of extraordinary courage who is pushed beyond her breaking point.
Good thrillers put their characters through the wringer. Great ones rain down holy hell upon their heads--physically, emotionally, psychologically--and aren't satisfied until the reader is spent, exhilarated, terrified, and lavishly entertained.
This is a great thriller, and with it, Peterson has firmly established herself as a major league talent and a must-read writer.
-Blake Crouch, March 2012