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*Starred Review* When Artemis, Texas, police chief Josie Gray’s lover, accountant Dillon Reese, fails to show up one evening as planned, sending only an uncommonly terse text, Josie’s insecurities kick in. Picturing Dillon with his pretty young secretary, Christina, Josie waits until morning to check further and finds Christina dead in her office chair and Dillon vanished. Letting Officer Otto Podowski head the case, she learns that Dillon has been kidnapped with a $9 million ransom demanded from her. Josie suspects that the Medrano cartel, with which she has a history, is behind the kidnapping, but the size of the ransom stuns her. Only after digging deeper into the federal indictment against Wally Follet, a client of Dillon’s and owner of a local junkyard, does Josie pull things together. Meanwhile, even with the FBI called in, Josie employs a hostage negotiator with a record of success in hopes of getting Dillon back alive. Fields’ third Josie Gray outing (after Scratchgravel Road, 2013) is emotionally taut, building to a breathtaking climax and portraying, in the process, the danger inherent in a Texas border town and presenting Josie, previously wary of commitment, with new challenges. More fine southwestern crime fiction by an author who clearly loves the locale. --Michele Leber

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Josie Gray Mysteries (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books (March 4, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250021375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250021373
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #444,337 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. B. Hoyos VINE VOICE on May 1, 2014
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Josie Gray is the police chief in the small West Texas border town of Artemis. Her worst nightmare is realized when her accountant boyfriend, Dillon Reese, is kidnapped by a vicious Mexican drug cartel, the Medranos, and thrown into a dark, creature-infested pit. His young secretary, Christina Handley, has been found at his office, fatally shot in the heart. Dillon's ransom is an unbelievable nine-million dollars. The Medranos threaten to cut off his arm if Josie doesn't provide them with a down payment of $50,000. Josie, with the help of Officer Otto Podowski and Nick Santos, a professional negotiator, plots to rescue Dillon before her life is forever wrecked.

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.
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Wrecked, the third novel in the Josie Gray series, keeps the excitement coming. I have really enjoyed this series, and I hope to see it continue for a good long time.
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Absolutely riveting. It had me hooked from beginning to end. However, I would suggest reading Territory & Scratchgravel Road prior to reading this so you will be familiar with earler events mention in this book. I would most definitely recommend this book.
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The series that began with the award winning, The Territory, and continued in Scratchgravel Road, continues in the recently released Wrecked. While this novel could be read as a standalone, because of the numerous references to the two prior books scattered throughout this novel, readers who have read the earlier works will appreciate this one more. Some of those references are clear spoilers for the prior books.

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.
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A nice addition to southwestern mysteries. Well written, well plotted, Josie is a likeable heroine.
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This latest Tricia Fields is a good read...believable, an easy plot to follow. Josie's co-workers are caring people, supportive, dependable and good at their jobs of law-enforcement. keeps writing Tricia Fields, each of your books shows more depth and improvement.
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In this third installment of her series on Police Chief Josie Gray of the border town of Artemis, Texas, author Tricia Fields is better than ever.

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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