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Product Details

  • Series: John Marquez Mystery (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Severn House Publishers (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847512941
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847512949
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #768,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* DEA agent John Marquez is principled but often conflicted, tough but committed to his job. So when a meeting with one of Mexico’s biggest drug dealers, the Salazar Cartel, ends in disaster, John is devastated. He knows the Salazars aren’t the ones to blame—the mysterious Emrahain Stoval was behind the fiasco. John wants revenge, but before he can start his search for Stoval, his bosses at the DEA threaten to fire him because of “renegade” behavior. Before that happens, John resigns. At loose ends, he signs on with the Special Operations Unit of the California Department of Fish and Game. Nearly 20 years later, he finds himself in yet another nightmarish disaster that centers around Stoval and opens up all the old wounds and memories from decades ago. Offered the chance to go after Stoval, John doesn’t think twice. Readers looking for a superbly crafted, cleverly plotted, highly suspenseful thriller with a larger-than-life hero need look no further than Redback—or, indeed, the entire John Marquez series. Outstanding! --Emily Melton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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DEA agent John Marquez is principled but often conflicted, tough but committed to his job. So when a meeting with one of Mexico's biggest drug dealers, the Salazar Cartel, ends in disaster, John is devastated. He knows the Salazars aren't the ones to blame--the mysterious Emrahain Stoval was behind the fiasco. John wants revenge, but before he can start his search for Stoval, his bosses at the DEA threaten to fire him because of "renegade" behavior. Before that happens, John resigns. At loose ends, he signs on with the Special Operations Unit of the California Department of Fish and Game. Nearly 20 years later, he finds himself in yet another nightmarish disaster that centers around Stoval and opens up all the old wounds and memories from decades ago. Offered the chance to go after Stoval, John doesn't think twice. Readers looking for a superbly crafted, cleverly plotted, highly suspenseful thriller with a larger-than-life hero need look no further than Redback--or, indeed, the entire John Marquez series. Outstanding! --Booklist Starred Review, 1st December 2010

At the start of Russell's thrilling fourth John Marquez novel (after Deadgame), DEA special agent Marquez and an informant, Billy Takado, meet brothers Luis and Miguel Salazar, members of "the most violent cartel in Mexico," in a Baja California bull ring as part of an undercover drug operation. When Miguel executes Takado as a warning, Marquez takes the blame and is forced to leave the DEA. Two decades later, as an agent for the California Department of Fish and Game, Marquez discovers that wealthy poacher Emrahain Stoval was the ruthless criminal behind Takado's murder and is now the target of a special FBI task force. Even though the choice jeopardizes his family and stirs dark memories, Marquez becomes a temporary FBI agent to pursue the cunning predator. Meanwhile, he realizes that someone he knows and trusts must be leaking information to Stoval. The tension rises as the unpredictable plot skitters and jitters along, powered by smoothly understated prose. --Publishers Weekly, Starred Review, December 6, 2010 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

I'm an inveterate reader. I'll read across the board but as a writer crime fiction hooked me for the way the genre let's you write at something morally ambiguous without getting stranded in it. You can write a novel that moves, and keeps moving. I've written six crime novels. In Shell Games, Night Game, Dead Game, and Redback, a California Fish and Game lieutenant is running an undercover team called the Special Operations Unit. Two more recent, A Killing in China Basin and Counterfeit Road, are with a San Francisco homicide inspector. Most all of it is in country I know, but none of it would have worked without the help of the real life Fish and Game undercover team and two San Francisco homicide inspectors. Which is another good thing about crime fiction. You can flirt with reality and if it works end up with a story that feels like it might have really happened.

Kirk Russell has two daughters. He lives in Berkeley, California with his wife, Judy Rodgers, co-owner and chef of San Francisco's Zuni Cafe.For more visit kirkrussellbooks.com

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kat Slayden on November 14, 2011
Format: Paperback
Having read all of Kirk Russell's previous work starring undercover Fish and Game Officer John Marquez, I happily immersed myself in "Redback," where Marquez is temporarily assigned to the Feds. There, his experience with Fish and Game make him an invaluable asset in tracking a murderous entrepreneur who deals in drugs as well as illegal trophy hunting, which ultimately leads to his downfall.
In this book, Russell educates the reader in environmental issues without being preachy, while also captivating him with inside information on drug cartels and the politics of federal law enforcement.
I love the protagonist, John Marquez. Russell brings him to life as family issues and a strong moral compass clash, creating a myriad of problems for him to deal with. This is Russell's best work yet, and I look forward to many more...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thomas W. Day on July 31, 2011
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I stumbled onto Kirk Russell at my local library when I was loading up on books for a vacation trip. I didn't expect much from a crime series, so I was surprised to discover Russell's DEA agent John Marquez was such a well-constructed and interesting character. Lots of books are described as "page turners," but Kirk Russell's "Redback" really is the rare kind of book that I can't put down until I've finished it. Even more rare, when I finished "Redback" I was sorry it's over.
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a good story teller. interesting characters. and THE AREA IN WHICH THE STORY TAKES PLACE IS ALL FAMILIAR TO ME SO I CAN PICTURE, IN MY MIND, ALL LOCATIONS WHERE THE ACTION TAKES PLACE.
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"Redback" is is strong, taut crime novel with a wholly realistic perspective and confidant grip that will pull you in and in. As the fourth "John Marquez eco-thriller", "Redback" both fills in some of the main character's past and pulls us forward as Marquez moves from the California DFG's covert unit to a more global role. This is my third reading of this novel, and I am finding it stronger and better crafted than I had thought before. I've always come to "Redback" from the first three Marquez books and had felt the change in approach and in pacing slightly off-step, but I was wrong. The parts of "Redback" are carefully crafted to work as powerful units that ultimately resonate well together. Also, this is a book about loss, past and present, about respecting those losses without any morbidity, without any defeatism, and moving forward, still, somehow. But, then, aren't all of Kirk Russell's Marquez books written in that resonating musical key? Read this book.
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By maddog on August 1, 2013
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John Marquez is my new bff in the world of intrigue and mystery. This book is so well written and laid out that I had a very hard time putting it down. There is never a lack of twists and turns. We meet new characters as well as revisiting old friends. The plot is realistic and well conceived. The reader is never left confused, although, always thirsting for more. Excitement is the rule of the day for this edge of your seat novel.

Kirk Russell is an excellent author and you can't help but become personally involved with his characters. He makes me want to go right out and join the SOU.

Keep them coming, I'm ready for more.
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