A Reluctant Saint
by Tricia Fields

The killing of a greyhound breeder and rumors of election fraud during the mayoral race in small-town West Texas has Chief of Police Josie Gray searching for answers.

“Fields’s excellent seventh Josie Gray mystery . . . does a masterly job evoking the dry, dusty Lone Star landscape”- Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Mayoral elections are looming in Artemis. One of the candidates, Mike Striker, wants to build a racetrack while the incumbent mayor, Simon O’Kane, is strongly opposed. The proposal has divided the town: will it provide jobs and money, or will it bring crime and does it profit from animal cruelty?

Tensions rise as a greyhound breeder has a number of her dogs stolen – she vows vengeance, only to soon be found dead herself. Meanwhile, fears of election fraud circulate. Is there truth behind the rumors of election rigging? Who stands to gain the most from the racetrack being built? Are animal rights activists taking matters too far?

Josie Gray, Chief of Police in Artemis, must discover who is willing to kill for their cause before others in the town get caught in the crossfire – all while a gathering threat from Mexico City hovers over her.


“Darkly atmospheric writing, an action-packed plot, plenty of suspense, and a sometimes-hapless hero caught between saving his own life and doing the right thing drive this outstanding, packs-a-punch thriller”

Booklist Starred Review

“The inventive, deepening twists make this like a superior episode of Law & Order: West Texas

Kirkus Reviews on The Drummers

“The riveting mystery is an intense, ripped-from-the-headlines story for anyone looking for a compelling tale of homegrown terrorists with grandiose schemes”

Library Journal on The Drummers

“Fields lays out a plausible route for cult indoctrination of those who think – or at one time thought – of themselves as good people. This convincing look at homegrown terrorism will resonate with many readers”

Publishers Weekly on The Drummers

“Readers might think they're in the small-town world of Bill Crider, or maybe Terry Shames”

Booklist on The Drummers

“Fields's Tony Hillerman Prize-winning mysteries capture the raw natural beauty of West Texas”

Library Journal on Midnight Crossing

Tricia Fields

Born in Hawaii but spending most of her life in Indiana, Tricia Fields now lives with her family in a log cabin on a small farm. Fields won the Tony Hillerman Prize for her first novel in the Josie Gray mystery series, The Territory, which was also named a Sun-Sentinel Best Mystery Debut of the Year.

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A Reluctant Saint by Tricia Fields is available in the following formats

Ebook97814483070816th September 2022N/A240$14.99
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