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- Print Length: 348 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (April 5, 2005)
- Publication Date: April 5, 2005
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000P46S0M
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,530 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Unflinching. The answers are never easy to predict; the book keeps the reader guessing until the end. [Box's] style is down-to-earth and commercially appealing, with a Western locale that sets it apart.”—The Philadelphia Inquirer
“Pickett is a particularly well-wrought, well-rounded hero, a bright, decent, committed guy...[His] dogged pursuit of the truth drives him into potentially deadly confrontations.”—St. Louis Post-Dispatch
“Superb. This has all the elements that made the first three Picketts so pleasurable: Pickett himself, a bad shot but a good man; a strong supporting cast, especially his family; an inventive plot; and Bos'x own well-reasoned grasp of the issues....Excellent.”—Booklist
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“Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett strides in big boots over the ruggedly gorgeous landscape of C.J. Box's outdoor mysteries.”—The New York Times Book Review
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The Wyoming landscape with all of the conflicting factions battling over the land and the resources is fascinating. It certainly explains the very independent breed of people who live there. People who very much resent a Joe Pickett type. Joe takes his job and responsibilities very seriously and can't let go if he feels something is amiss. He's not arrogant, but he stands on his principals and doesn't hesitate to say what he believes.
In this book some really weird things are taking place, and Joe is assigned to a joint task force to solve the mysterious crimes. Personal agendas prevent the task force from making much headway, so Joe steps up his own part of the investigation with his loyal friend Nate Romanowski assisting. And ends up in a lot of trouble again.
A couple of points that detracted from the overall excellence of the novel; in my Kindle version, one entire page was missing, just blank. On page 192, I think, hearing, feeling, sensing better in the forests if "walking slowly and stopping often", true but then he spoiled it by specifying 100 yards as an appropriate distance! Figured it must have been an oversight as any still hunter would tell you. Ten FEET would be the proper distance normally, if not shorter given the ground being covered.
Again I highly recommend this book to any lover of the outdoors, reading it gives one the sense of being there. I appreciate it, being just shy of 76 years young, I don't get out in the mountains like I used to do. Keep them coming.
A mystery, with enough suspense and drama (some provided by pre-teen girls) for anyone.
As a Wyoming girl, I love the accurate depiction of people, and places, like the world of the antelope. And the men who are more like rough stock than stock brokers, the big of left over wild west.
This one is a bit more mystical, but that's okay. I hope the CBM people read it and think. There are more things in this universe than any of us understand.
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No real spoilers here, but if you don't want any hints about the story whatsoever, you'd better stop now.
I did think when I read the first book that, for a while at least, there was a bit of a Dean Koontz feel about it (the strange animals in the woodpile, were they going to turn out to be ghosts, or aliens, or something else?). Well that feeling is back in this book, and much stronger. It is definitely slightly weird. And for me, it felt a bit rushed towards the end, as though the author had conjured up various plot twists along the way (too many!) bringing in so many characters (too many!) who in the end seemed superfluous, without having a real conclusion figured out for all of them, and then at the end couldn't think of how to wind them all up. I ended up a bit bemused over who had actually killed who, who (if anyone) had killed the animals, what the strange smell and feeling was all about, what that flaming bear was up to, why people appear to be having premonitions in their dreams, why was anyone killed in the first place - all a bit disjointed, and - weird. And again I was left with a slight feeling that Joe hadn't so much actually done anything to help the plot along a lot of the time as just happened to be around at the time to observe what took place. Still enjoyed it though, I still like Joe and his family. A pity the chance for a big showdown with Barnum seems to have been neutralised.
Although, like the first 3 it's a very easy read - Joe is an honest and engaging fella - it contains too many loose ends for me. One or two would keep me thinking, but there are so many undeveloped and completed strands that I think there should be a part 2.
This novel begins with cattle mutilations. Whodunnit? Well the townsfolk think it could be aliens, turns out this kind of thing has happened before. Then people are dispatched the same way. The mystery develops with Joe representing Game and Fish on the 'Murder & Mutilation' task-force. Together with his buddy Nate Romanowski, Joe fights his own fight while being obstructed along the way by old nemesis Sheriff Barnum.
I suppose we do learn something new about Joe in this novel: he doesn't like the idea of the paranormal. He constantly waves his hands dismissively when any suggestion of alien or otherworldly involvement is suggested. We also learn something about Mrs Pickett - she is not the stereotypical stay at home, cookie baking Mom. She has her own ambition and this is delightfully woven through the story.
Anyway, only 3* this time for me. I enjoyed the read, but felt there were too many unanswered elements.
If you have not read any 'Joe Picket' novels by this author I can highly recommend them to you...
Joe Pickett is a married father who is a US Game Warden in Wyoming, living on the Bighorn Road 8 miles from the town of Saddlestring with the Twelve Sleep River running through it....
As a series it has a set of characters running through it like a soap opera, Joe and his wife Marybeth. Their two girls, Sheridan and Lucy, (there was a third, who was an adopted daughter who died in a previous novel ) Sheriff Barnum, Joe's nemesis and his deputy Kyle McLanahan, Missy Vankueren, Joe's thrice married mother-in-law and on her way to No 4, Agent Portenson of the FBI posted to the wilderness of Wyoming and hating Joe for that, and finally, Nate Romanowski an ex special forces recluse.
These charachters make up the main cast of the first four novels and you will love most and despise others.
Picket is an unusual Game Warden in that instead of dealing with hunters and licenses in and out of season he keeps getting embroiled in major crimes and death, government conspiracies and tales of aliens. Mr Box is an excellent story teller in these books, he paints a picture of wide open country in one scene and then boxes you in a tree covered canyon in another. You can visualise the wide open sky's and the peacefulness of the country as described and then he throws in a dead animal or two followed by a body or two and once again Joe Picket is getting under the skin of the 28 year service of the Sheriff as he starts to investigate the murders as well as the dead animals.
While doing this we have the usual assortment of family problems with Marybeth the wife, who, as a stay at home wife has suddenly started a bookkeeping service for local businesses and Joe is coming home to empty fridges and non prepared meals, and wonders if it is all worth it.
The girls are getting older and the dynamics between mother and daughters and sisters is changing, one is nearly a teenager in this book and the other is still under 10 and all of this interaction is played out in a sharply written narrative that gets you hooked in and turning the pages.
These books are gentle reading in places and gruesome in other parts. Joe is teaching his daughters to fish on a day off when they come across a dead moose, a dead animal is nothing new to him or his girls by the nature of their lives. But you have the gentle family scene of a father with his daughters fishing and then you have a dead moose, but the moose has been surgically butchered and parts of it are missing. it appears to have been dead for a while, but strangely no other animals or birds have been feeding on the carcase so in a few short lines we have moved from a picturesque family fishing trip to a gruesome find with a conundrum, and that's what Box is good at. It doesn't sound as if it should work, this close interaction of black versus white but it does and makes for compelling reading. After the moose is found, the next find is some cattle, again they have been killed and surgically butchered and then it is moved up a gear when two bodies are also found apparently killed in the same manner as the animals, with no tracks around the animals to suggest what or who the killer or killers might be.
Twists and turns abound, a red herring or two is thrown into the mix and all this is used to good effect to keep you engaged and intrigued and turning page after page. The thing is having read the previous novels and seen a young daughter killed off you begin to realise that Box isn't afraid to take chances and kill off and hurt central characters in these books and this makes you continually wonder if Joe Picket and his family will survive to the end of each novel
Well worth checking out and a 5 out of 5 page turner
CJ Box has a relaxed writing style and develops the characters well. In this one, Joe Pickett, the local game warden, becomes involved in a case where wildlife and farm animals are being mutliated. Of course, all sorts of wild theories abound, but Joe thinks it's much more simple. In fact, it isn't more simple and the plot bounds along at a good pace.
Don't want to give too much away from the plot, but I find the quicker I read a book, the more I've enjoyed it. This one I read very quickly and didn't want it to finish. It's an excellent read, aand if you haven't trieda CJ Box novel, then tried this one, or Blue Heaven, which is also excellent. It's one of those books to wrap up warm with and emerge yourself in.
The author writes quite well when describing scenery and the dialogue between the hero and his wife and daughters is quite believable. There are lots of family scenes, however it does begin to get repetitive. His wife has now got a job so we are constantly told that she no longer cooks for the family and that the refrigerator is empty.
This starts off quite well. The premise is quite intriguing. Unfortunately the more you read the sillier it gets. It is just incredibly unrealistic. People act in ridiculous ways. At times it is almost childlike in its simplicity. The police procedural and forensic elements never ring true.
It does get very predictable and it seemed that the author got bored with a few plot threads and just forgot about them.
The supernatural element is very poorly developed and doesn't really fit into the rest of the story.
Just about everything is different and refreshing; the lead character, the setting, the plots and so much more. For me this is the best book I have read and hopefully means the next one will a real treat. This is a great series to follow.