The Territory by Tricia Fields
A Novel

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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.

About Tricia Fields

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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. She is currently working on her second. For more information, please visit
Published October 25, 2011 by Minotaur Books. 289 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Danger mounts as it becomes increasingly clear that the Medrano gang is going to hold Josie personally responsible for any deaths on her watch.

Sep 20 2011 | Read Full Review of The Territory: A Novel

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Drug runners have turned Artemis, Tex., across the Rio Grande from Mexico, into a war zone in Fields’s impressive debut, winner of the 2010 Tony Hillerman Prize.

Sep 19 2011 | Read Full Review of The Territory: A Novel

Dallas News

“The job takes a personal toll of these people and yet they go about their jobs with a quiet dignity that I respect.” Josie has dignity all right, but she also has a Sunday punch, a whiskey jones, a troublesome mom, an understaffed police force and an anxious boyfriend who wants her to leave the ...

Dec 23 2011 | Read Full Review of The Territory: A Novel

A lot of tension is created simply with Josie’s desperate marshaling and dispatch of very thin forces, her own officers joined with county deputies and patchy Border Patrol assistance to cover a daunting expanse of desert land and an ever more porous river.

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Lincoln Journal Star

Getting help from the Border Patrol or other agencies is a slow process, and that means she and the two officers in her department are forced to face the cartels, with their large and well-armed armies, on their own.

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Filled with two strong storylines, interesting characters, and a hint of romance for Chief Gray, and plenty of violence, this book is a powerfully good read.

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