An Apple Books Best of the Month Selection
A USA Today Bestseller
“Suspenseful . . . builds to a satisfying, if violent, conclusion . . .”
In a remote Alaskan village, Deputy US Marshal Arliss Cutter searches for a stone-cold killer amid a hotbed of corruption and long-buried secrets . . .
It’s hunting season in Stone Cross, Alaska—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 keep him safe. But 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. Their handyman has been found dead next to a crude drawing of a mysterious symbol. With the judge’s life still at risk, and two people still missing, navigating the blood-bound traditions of this close-knit community won’t be easy. When the secrets come out, the deadly hunt is on . . .
“A spectacular crime story here . . . well worth hunting for it.”
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Can you imagine playing cat and mouse with a homicidal maniac? How about doing it in a snowbound Alaskan village? This pulse-pounding thriller—part of Marc Cameron’s Arliss Cutter series—takes us on a harrowing ride. The book’s U.S. marshal hero makes it his business to protect a federal judge during a hunting trip based in an out-of-the-way coastal village. Things start off uneventful…until locals start going missing. Cameron himself worked as a U.S. marshal in Alaska, giving his hero an authentic aura of hardboiled street smarts. Cameron’s inside knowledge of the criminal world gives the mystery extra bite, while his eye for detail makes every forgotten corner of the story’s chilly, isolated setting feel tangibly real. Stone Cross took us way outside our comfort zone—in the most exciting way possible.
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.
Slooooww moving. Gave up reading after struggling through half of the book.