Blood is always thicker than water.
Joe Pickett has good reason to dislike Dallas Cates. His eighteen-year-old foster daughter, April, has just run off with him.
Then comes even worse news: April has been found barely alive in a ditch along the highway, and the doctors don't know if she'll recover. Of course, Cates denies having anything to do with it but Joe knows in his gut who's responsible.
The problem is there's no proof.
Joe's going to find out the truth, if it kills him. And, as he confronts the ruthless Cates clan, it just might.
In bestseller Box's solid 15th novel featuring Joe Picket (after 2014's Stone Cold), the Wyoming game warden faces a crime far too close to home. The sheriff tells him that his foster daughter, April, has been beaten and left for dead in a ditch; Joe's reaction to the alarming news is an unequivocal "I'm going to kill Dallas Cates," a dazzling local rodeo champion last seen running off with April. As April lies in a medically induced coma, Joe has to balance his personal crisis with an environmental one: finding the poachers who slaughtered a flock of 21 sage grouse, a species approaching endangered status. Meanwhile, the FBI is tracking the every move of Joe's old friend Nate Romanowski, who went on the run in Stone Cold. Some of the plot devices stretch credulity, and the dialogue isn't as crisp as usual, but the story carries the day.