Stone cross / Marc Cameron.

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      First Kensington hardcover edition.
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      Summary: "In a remote Alaskan village, Deputy US Marshal Arliss Cutter searches for a stone-cold killer amid a hotbed of corruption, lies, and long-buried secrets ... Winter comes early to the rural native community of Stone Cross, Alaska--and so does hunting season. Caribou and moose are a major source of food through the long, dark months ahead. But Arliss Cutter has come here for a very different game. A federal judge is receiving death threats and refuses protection. Cutter and his deputy Lola Teariki have been assigned to shadow him on his trip to this icy outland to make sure that he's safe. But they quickly discover that no one is ever really safe in a place like this. And no one is above suspicion. When Cutter and Lola arrive, the village is already gripped with fear. A young couple has disappeared from their fishing lodge, just eight miles upriver. Their handyman has been found dead, next to a crude drawing of a mysterious symbol. To make matters worse, a dense fog has descended on the region, isolating the town from civilization. With the judge's life still at risk, and two people still missing, Cutter and Lola have their work cut out for them. But navigating the small-town customs and blood-bound traditions of this close-knit community won't be easy. When the secrets come out, the deadly hunt is on because in Alaska, nothing runs colder than blood."--Provided by publisher.
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Booklist Reviews 2020 March #2

Readers will find a spectacular crime story here, though some may wonder why they need to read a third of the novel to get to it. The short prologue does its job: a young couple is attacked in their cabin in the Alaskan wilderness. But then comes a slab of geography and sociology regarding an ice-locked rural village, as though author Cameron's research left him with a bushel of info he couldn't bear to waste. Things brighten up when U.S. Marshal Arliss Cutter rescues a battered woman. It's a sharp, beautifully realized scene, heralding an infusion of energy. It's followed by the sort of insider dope that is the genre's fringe benefit: time of death can be approximated by measuring the size of larvae feeding on the corpse. Then, as though he couldn't keep his mind on his story, Cameron dwells on the victimized childhood of a local woman. Along the way, we learn of Cutter's experiences as a warrior in Afghanistan. This provides a great moment, deserving of a novel of its own. Fine crime fiction, well worth hunting for it. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2020 February #1

Bestseller Cameron's intricate, multilayered sequel to 2019's Open Carry finds Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal Arliss Cutter and Lola Teariki, his partner on the Alaska Fugitive Task Force, reluctantly escorting a federal judge, who has received a death threat, to the rural village of Stone Cross for the judge's protection. What should have been a routine, if not easy, assignment takes a chilling turn when they learn at Stone Cross that a local couple have gone missing and their handyman murdered. Cut off from any immediate help due to inclement weather, Cutter and Lola must either brave freezing snow and ice to go after a killer and probable kidnapper or stay warm in the small town and ensure the judge's safety. Cameron populates his suspenseful tale, which builds to a satisfying, if violent, conclusion, with fully realized characters, each with their own believable backstory. His understanding of the ins and outs of small Alaskan communities makes for a rich sense of time and place. Readers can only hope they won't have long to wait for Cutter's third outing. Agent: Robin Rue, Writers House. (Apr.)

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