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Ebook Details
  • 03/2022
  • 978-1-68512-076-4 B09P4G4WXH
  • 362 pages
  • $5.99
Paperback Details
  • 03/2022
  • 978-1-68512-079-5
  • 362 pages
  • $16.95
Kerry Cox
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Canned Hunt
Kerry K. Cox, author
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Agent Nick Tanner goes undercover to follow up on another agent’s investigation—one that may have led to her murder. From the stark canyons and soaring rock walls of Book Cliffs to the gritty back streets of Las Vegas; from the swift-flowing Green River rapids to a pastoral Utah town hiding violent secrets, Tanner is drawn into a seething vortex of a wildlife trafficking family, a crooked sheriff, a white nationalist church, and a killer with the perfect alibi. And one of them has Tanner in their crosshairs.
Reviews
Cox’s second installment in his Nick Tanner mystery series (after Money Bear) entices from the very first page, as U.S. Fish and Wildlife Special Agent Nick Tanner heads for the mountains of Utah to investigate the death of a fellow agent. Nick poses undercover as a writer while he makes inquiries: a writer interested in hunting, given the late agent’s probes into suspicious animal hide shipping across state lines. When Nick meets hunting guide Howard Nash, he lands a spot on a cougar hunt, but all is not as it seems—the hunt, true to the title, is “canned,” with the animal being purposefully injured beforehand, and Nick soon discovers he’s in over his head.

Provocative characters abound in this intense mystery, not least among them brothers Vernon and Lafayette Rice, one a local sheriff and the other a preacher leading a white nationalist congregation, and when Nick continues his previous work investigating illegal sales of rare butterflies, the Rice brothers start to suspect he’s not the hunter he’s pretending to be. The danger quickly intensifies when Nick’s pet bobcat, Ray Charles, goes missing, and Nick’s undercover ease as a big game hunter starts to conflict with his professional hunches.

Cox’s experience volunteering with wildlife rescue groups lends authenticity to the canned hunt concept, and he aptly highlights the unique dangers faced by animal protection agencies - dangers that set them apart from other law enforcement personnel, particularly when confronting people engaged in illegal hunting behaviors. Readers will appreciate Cox’s expertly crafted characters, and Nick’s humanity while protecting animals and simultaneously investigating those who seek to harm them is skillfully rendered. Though most of the loose ends are satisfyingly tied up by the story’s conclusion, Cox hints at additional secrets that will keep readers eagerly anticipating the next in the series.

Takeaway: An intensely satisfying mix of danger and rich characterizations.

Great for fans of: A Hunt for Justice by Lucinda Delaney Schroeder and Warden Force: Night Rider and Other True Game Warden Adventures: Episodes 1-13 by Terry Hodges

Production grades
Cover: A
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: NA
Editing: A
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 03/2022
  • 978-1-68512-076-4 B09P4G4WXH
  • 362 pages
  • $5.99
Paperback Details
  • 03/2022
  • 978-1-68512-079-5
  • 362 pages
  • $16.95

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