C.J. Box's game-warden hero, Joe Pickett, is an ethical, honest man who loves his wife, his daughters and his job. Each book in this superior series puts Joe into a position where his basic goodness is tested by poachers, government officials, murderers, serial killers and, sometimes, just plain stupid people who try his patience. The core of most of the books is Joe's relationship with his best friend, Nate Romanowski, Joe's 'darker half'. A loner, master falconer and federal fugitive. Their friendship and loyalty to each other adds depth to each of the well-plotted stories. This is not the best book in the series but I can certainly recommend it along with all the others. Each book stands alone but the cumulative effect of reading them in order is the better way to go. C.J. Box has also written a few unrelated novels so look for those that state 'A Joe Pickett Novel'.