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Wrecked: A Mystery (Josie Gray Mysteries) Hardcover – March 4, 2014
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“Wrecked is a brutal tale with beauty at its heart. A powerful story driven by the violence of the Mexican drug war, which frequently spills across the border, it's also about integrity, loyalty, and love. Small town police chief Josie Gray is one hell of a protagonist, and the harsh landscape of west Texas, which she patrols, provides a stunning backdrop to a compelling, often surprising plot. It's easy to see why Tricia Fields has become one of the authors whom fans of the mystery genre are raving about.” ―William Kent Krueger
“Emotionally taut, building to a breathtaking climax and portraying, in the process, the danger inherent in a Texas border town.” ―Booklist (starred review)
“This is a barnburner of a story and held my attention all the way through.” ―Reviewing the Evidence
“Tricia Fields has proved once again that West Texas noir remains hot--as hot as the desert surrounding Artemis.” ―Gumshoe Review
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Tricia Fields' third novel, "Wrecked," returns readers to the shoot 'em up violence that riveted their attention in her superb debut, "The Territory" (The Territory: A Novel). It is more gruesome than the first two. "Wrecked" describes in graphic detail the torturous ordeal of Dillon Reese's brutal kidnapping. He is stripped naked; lowered into a dark, damp, cold pit that is crawling with creatures; and given very little to eat and drink. His life becomes a living hell. Police Chief Josie Gray isn't faring much better. She is consumed with grief and worry over his loss. Otto Podowski must head the investigation. There is a lot of mystery in regards to why Dillon was targeted for kidnapping. There is also much speculation as to who actually shot Christina, an attractive, popular girl who is mourned by many.
Once again, Tricia Fields deals with a frightening, disturbing topic that is prevalent in today's newspaper headlines.Read more ›
Deep in southwest Texas in the Big Bend region lays the small town of Artemis, Texas. A small border town where folks struggle to survive despite the economy of the region as well as the violence that occasionally spills across the border into Texas. Chief of Police Josie Gray knows firsthand about the violence that comes across the border and might prefer that to local politics.
The idea that Mayor Steve Moss would show up at her door one morning at 6:30 am is something she has never had to contemplate before. This spring morning he has arrived unannounced and she is less than thrilled to see him no matter what he wants. She has been Chief of Police for six years now and their mutual distrust has steadily grown. According to the Mayor, a local woman by the name of Roxanne Spar, went to one of the officer the night before and filed some sort of harassment/stalking charge on Moss. Not only does Chief Gray know nothing about the case or the charge, Moss thinks she should destroy all the paperwork on the case because he said to do it. That won't happen under Gray's watch and the Mayor should have known that.
Of course, Moss should not have put himself in to a position that a woman could accuse him of wrong doing. If he wasn’t smart enough to know that as Mayor, he should have known that as a married man.Read more ›
Gray's love, accountant Dillon Reece, is kidnapped and Josie must step aside from heading the investigation since, if the crime is solved, a defense lawyer might charge her personal involvement affected the investigation, if she heads it. Unfortunately clues are scarce, and the investigation drags on with each day Dillon is missing increasing Josie's fears.
Again, readers encounter the colorful people who populate Artemis. Again, there's the possibility of the involvement of a drug cartel just across the Rio Grande.
Fields' descriptions of weather have always been good. They've even better now, and there's more a sense of how the weather and the desert itself work on the people. Also, we begin to have more insight into why Josie chooses to do what she does.
Warning: start this book at a time when you've got time to finish it. I won't say I never put it down. But I received in at 11:00 a.m. and between then and 11:00 p.m. when I finished it, the only other thing I did was make (and eat) dinner.
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Josie Gray feels like a real person, not fiction. She acts like a normal person who gets caught up in events/ problems she must solve. Read morePublished on July 1, 2014 by Patricia Flowers
I won't hit the plot lines, as the other reviewers have captured those well. Gripping. Don't plan on stretching it out; you won't. Read morePublished on March 31, 2014 by Eric A. Jewett
Her best book so far! Tricia Fields hit a home run with her third book in the series. Great job.Published on March 29, 2014 by Pamela J. Noble