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The Territory

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by Tricia Fields

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The Territory by Tricia Fields
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  • Published in USA  Oct 2011
    288 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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At the end of State Road 170 and just past a ghost town lies Artemis, population 2,500. The townspeople had sought out this remote corner of Western Texas in hopes of living lives of solitude and independence. None of them realized that their small town would become a hot spot for Mexican drug runners, whose turf battles have turned both sides of the Rio Grande into a war zone. Still, many of the locals would rather take the law into their own hands than get help from police chief Josie Gray, even when they're up against a cartel's private army.

After arresting one of the cartel's hit men and killing another, Josie finds her life at risk for doing a job that many people would rather see her quit. And when the town's self-appointed protector of the Second Amendment is murdered and his cache of weapons disappears, it's clear that she doesn't have to pick sides in this war. She's battling them both.

Set in a desert landscape as beautiful as it is dangerous, The Territory captures the current border issues from the eyes of a tough, compelling heroine and richly evokes the American Southwest.

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"Starred Review. Fields's rich plotting, nonstop action, and deft characterizations show the personal side of the larger issue of drug cartels on both sides of the border." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Buckle your seat belts for an off-road trip full of adrenaline. Tough and determined to make her way in today's Wild West, Josie is the type of police chief you'd want in your hometown, a gutsy new heroine who would be friends with Nevada Barr's Anna Pigeon and probably Lori Armstrong's Mercy Gunderson, too." - Library Journal

"Despite a clear, detailed plot, Fields's debut lacks the spark that would bring her sorely tried heroine and her problems alive." - Kirkus Reviews

"The Territory has it all: believable characters, a terse plot, and an accurate depiction of a section of the Texas/Mexican border that's a virtual war zone. This is a gritty contemporary crime novel that's lifted above the pack by the intense humanity of its female protagonist. Don't miss it." - Milton T. Burton, author of Nights of the Red Moon

"There's a new voice in Western crime fiction - Tricia Fields is the real deal." - Craig Johnson, author of The Cold Dish and Hell is Empty

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Awesome Debut
Excellent debut - it was a great setup for a new mystery series. This book gives the background of the land the local people refer to as The Territory. An interesting assortment of cops and cartels and locals all trying to work out a complex life in the desert. Chief of Police Josie Gray is a believable heroine - someone you'll be rooting for from page one. The book is on the dark side, but Josie remains committed to seeing her town fight the good fight. Highly recommended.

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Tricia Fields

Tricia Fields lives in a log cabin on a small farm with her husband and two daughters. She was born in Hawaii but has spent most of her life in small town Indiana, where her husband is a state trooper. A lifelong obsession with Mexico and the Southwest led to The Territory, her first book. You can follow her online at www.triciafields.com.

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