Winterkill Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett pursues a killer through the rugged-forest edging of Blue Mountain. But the chase takes a horrifying turn when Joe's beloved foster daughter is kidnapped. Now it's personal. Full description
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Joe Pickett gets a sidekick, maybe8 août 2004
David W. Nicholas
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This is the third book in the Joe Pickett series, and unconventional is the rule in each of the books. The author manages to make a character with a wife and kids into something of an action hero, complete with gun, pickup truck, and dog, and a series of enemies that attempt everything from annoyance to murder to thwart him.
In the current book, Pickett has a murder on his hands. In this case the murder is complicated by the fact that the victim was a local Federal wildlife officer who just went nuts and killed a whole flock of elk. Pickett arrested him, but he escaped, only to be brutally and strangely killed.
Complicating things are two factors. First, the local authorities have been preempted by a Federal investigator who has taken charge of everything. She's convinced that there's a conspiracy of right-wing nutcases, survivalists who want to kill Federal agents, and of course she's going to hunt them down, damn the consequences. One of her principle suspects is a local mountain man type who has almost no interaction with the rest of society, and raises falcons at his house. That guy turns out to be more than everyone bargained for.
I enjoyed this book a great deal, and would recommend it to anyone who likes the wilderness or detective stories. One proviso: the author isn't a conservative politically (one of his previous books involves the Endangered Species list) but this book deals with the Federal government and bureaucrats rather harshly. Just a warning.
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A Dark, Wild, Intense Ride with Joe Pickett24 juin 2003
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I have loved each of the Joe Pickett novels to date, and with Winterkill C.J. Box opens with a bang and then floors it. Joe Pickett and his family are taken to the limit in frightening and completely believable ways, and this novel shows how scary it can be to be up against a force of practically pure evil, even if she's wearing a green Forest Service skirt. It is easy to miss the humanity and beauty of the novel because of the tension and pace, but I know it's there if I want to go back. In his third outing, Joe seems angrier, and more determined than ever before. This time, he gets some help from a charismatic loner named Nate Romanowski whom, I hope, we'll see again. This is one the best new series in crime fiction, and the suspense is unbearable -- as is the sad, if realistic, sense of inevitability at the end. Powerful. I eagerly await the next Joe Pickett novel.
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Another Powerful Entry in the Joe Pickett Saga13 juin 2003
Dean E. Turner
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I too found the government officals a little to "evil". But, I realize giving a small person a little power can, and often does, create a monster. As happens in this story.
So, having said that the author again has drawn his main characters so well, they can become part of your life, and become "friends" that visits once a year. So, if you haven't yet discovered C.J. Box you are in for a treat. If you have here's another outstanding story for you to enjoy. P.S. For those who find Nate Romanowski and interesting character rumor has it that he will appear in later Pickett novels and may be the center piece of his own.
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C.J. Box Has Produced a Definite Must-Read10 mai 2003
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Maybe you think you've lived your whole life without knowing what life might be like in a place called Saddlestring, Wyoming and that's okay with you. Saddlestring is in the Twelve Sleep Valley --- for which Twelve Sleep County is named --- and even in the dead of winter, it's a place that people like Jackson Hole tourists never get to see. Well, guess what? If that's what you thought, then you were mistaken and C.J. Box can prove it to you in one night. He can probably do it with any of his books, but so far I've read only his latest, WINTERKILL. Certainly I'll soon be looking for the previous two, OPEN SEASON and SAVAGE RUN, in paperback. Joe Pickett is a game warden. He works alone in a remote, mountainous, heavily wooded area of Wyoming. His job is 1/3 public contact, 1/3 field collection and 1/3 law enforcement. The government provides his house, which includes a small office and his long-bed pickup truck. The tools of his trade are a few rifles and a field telescope mounted on the side of the truck. Oh, and a handgun he'd rather not have to use because he's a poor shot with it. And Maxine --- but Maxine is a yellow Labrador retriever, the family pet when she's not riding around in the truck with Joe. It is four days before Christmas, the first big winter storm is coming, and Joe has been watching a herd of elk move down the mountain to graze. In Joe's territory, hunting is legal --- it's even encouraged within the law --- and there are many people who depend on the meat from elk and deer to make it through the winter. Most hunters respect the animals and each other, but on this day, something goes horribly wrong. Elk are slaughtered, and so is a man. And the storm moves relentlessly in. The local sheriff takes over the murder investigation, which gets off to a slow start due to the storm's severity; during the delay, a U.S. Forestry Service official arrives and all but takes over the investigation. The victim was the local Forest Service employee, an entrenched bureaucrat who made arbitrary decisions about things like road closures that affected people's lives daily. So the victim was heartily disliked by many, but only one man was seen coming down the mountain near the time of the murder and he is arrested as quickly as the weather allows. The official sent by the Forestry Service is a woman, trailed by a magazine reporter doing a feature story; the reporter is attractive but the woman is a heartless power-grabber. So Joe Pickett wonders what she is doing in the high country of Wyoming in the Twelve Sleep Valley, which is kind of an outpost beyond which lies the Point of No Return. On the same day that the elk and the man were slaughtered up on the mountain, in the town of Saddlestring, Joe's three children have watched as a caravan of campers, trucks and odd-assorted vehicles with license plates from several different states drives through town. Then on Christmas Day, many of these vehicles are parked outside a little church whose congregants previously numbered perhaps six. Joe, who is not convinced the sheriff is holding the right man in the jail for murder, sees this passing by and leaves his family in the car while he checks on the situation in the church. The minister tells him that the people --- all of whom are strangers to this small community --- have set up a winter camp on public land outside of town. Their group is composed of survivors of places like Ruby Ridge and Waco, including two children orphaned in the Waco fire. These people claim to be innocents who have banded together for mutual support and protection, but in their numbers there is one woman with a bad past --- she's the abusive mother of Joe's foster daughter, previously absent for three years. He and his wife are both fiercely determined to protect the girl whom they've been trying to adopt. Joe Pickett is something rare in the world, and in current fiction. He's a family man who just wants to do the right thing. He loves his wife and daughters. He tries to be polite to his mother-in-law, even though she seems to be suddenly living with them, unexpected and uninvited, in their small house. Joe likes to cook pancakes for breakfast and chili (with elk meat) for supper. He'd rather be at home than anywhere else. But he also has a clear moral compass --- and he will follow his own course wherever that compass leads. The most remarkable thing about WINTERKILL is the way C.J. Box pulls you into Joe Pickett's world so thoroughly, so immediately, that you will neither want to leave it nor care to remember your own world until you've finished the book. You can read it in one night or a couple of days at most --- but what you've read will stay with you far longer. This is an author with something important to say, letting his characters do it for him. His books add a new dimension not just to mysteries, but to the whole literary scene in our country. WINTERKILL is a must-read. --- Reviewed by Ava Dianne Day
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Another Homerun for CJ Box15 juillet 2003
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The third installment of the Joe Pickett series keeps up the pace set in books one and two. Box gives us a look into his character's heart, and we see that Pickett is a man struggling like all of us to separate good from evil and make the right choices. Box refuses to get caught up in a simple polly-anna approach with Pickett. We see the good and the not so good in his character. But what is wrong with that? Box has created a character right out of the old west. Someone who loves his family and wants to do the right thing in the face of a growing opposition. In WInterkill, we see more of Pickett and his family, and much of the evil that exists in the real world. Joe Pickett isn't superman, nor is he Sherriff Andy. He is a man with passion, pride and conviction who is working in real situations. In Winterkill, Box brings us closer to Pickett than before. If you are looking for a real hero, not a TV, politically correct model, then Joe Pickett is your man. If honest, most readers would admit that they have a lot of Joe Pickett inside. Thanks CJ for giving us a realistic character to which we can relate! Write on!