Books by Kirk Russell

DIE-OFF by Kirk Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 1, 2013

"Marquez's fifth (Redback, 2011, etc.) is chillingly descriptive and packed with suspense, secrets, violence and nonstop action."
A nefarious plot to kill off native species is just one of the cases a California Fish and Game officer must crack. Read full book review >
ONE THROUGH THE HEART by Kirk Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2013

"Seasoned pro Russell showcases sturdy police work on a complicated case."
Nothing turns a cold case hotter than two partial skeletons and 14 skulls. Read full book review >
COUNTERFEIT ROAD by Kirk Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2012

"Dodging questions about why he's working a cold case when there's so much at stake in the volatile present, Raveneau connects the dots methodically and convincingly, though with little sense of urgency."
The coldest of cold cases meets the hottest of hot-button crimes for San Francisco's Inspector Ben Raveneau (A Killing in China Basin, 2011). Read full book review >
A KILLING IN CHINA BASIN by Kirk Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2011

"The plot is upstaged by the brooding characters, good and evil, the snappy rhythms of Russell's sharply observed prose and the promise of Raveneau's return."
After four action-packed procedurals starring California Fish and Game Warden John Marquez (Redback, 2011, etc.), Russell moves to the big city for a more traditional but equally powerful tale of crime and punishment. Read full book review >
REDBACK by Kirk Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2011

"Russell's narrative is so drastically compressed that you can barely take in the many action sequences, betrayals and violent deaths in this breathless survey of how much worse international trafficking has grown over the past 20 years."
Just how monstrous can the targets of the California Department of Fish and Game be? John Marquez's fourth case (Dead Game, 2005, etc.) provides a surprising answer. Read full book review >
DEAD GAME by Kirk Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2005

"Russell tackles both action sequences and intractable moral problems with prose as sharp and efficient as a filleting knife."
The latest challenge for California Fish & Game Warden John Marquez is a group of poachers who kill sturgeon for caviar and aren't too solicitous about higher species either. Read full book review >
NIGHT GAME by Kirk Russell
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2004

"Superb suspense, culminating in an exhausting but satisfying series of chases, showdowns, and bitter glimpses of justice denied."
Splendid second outing in a procedural series (Shell Games, 2003) about a tough-as-nails California Fish & Game investigator busting a cabal of bear poachers. Read full book review >
SHELL GAMES by Kirk Russell
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Russell could, and should, take Marquez and this crew out again."
A special squad of undercover endangered-species investigators goes after poachers and ends up taking on a nightmarish international killer and the FBI. Read full book review >