Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett and his wife, Marybeth, make separate discoveries that put the Pickett family in a pair of killers’ crosshairs in this thrilling new novel in the bestselling series.
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A day before the three Pickett girls come home for Thanksgiving, Joe is called out for a moose-poaching incident that turns out to be something much more sinister: a local fishing guide has been brutally tortured and murdered. At the same time, Marybeth opens an unmarked package at the library where she works and finds a photo album that belonged to an infamous Nazi official. Who left it there? And why?
She learns that during World War II, several Wyoming soldiers were in the group that fought to Hitler’s Eagles Nest retreat in the Alps—and one of them took the Fuhrer’s personal photo album. Did another take this one and keep it all these years? When a close neighbor is murdered, Joe and Marybeth face new questions: Who is after the book? And how will they solve its mystery before someone hurts them…or their girls?
Meanwhile, Nate Romanowski is on the hunt for the man who stole his falcons and attacked his wife. Using a network of fellow falconers, Nate tracks the man from one city to another. Even as he grasps the true threat his quarry presents, Nate swoops in for the kill—and a stunning final showdown.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is used to facing peril on the job, but in this enthralling mystery, it’s his librarian wife, Maybeth, who crosses paths with danger. Her alarming discovery is a Nazi photo album from 1937. Now some cold-blooded killers want to get their hands on that book, and when Joe makes a deadly discovery of his own, the entire Pickett family is embroiled in a pulse-pounding race against time. C.J. Box infuses this instalment in his long-running Joe Pickett series with an unending supply of suspense, especially when it comes time for Maybeth to take the investigation’s reins. Oh, and did we mention that there’s a whole other plotline involving stolen birds of prey and a Special Forces operative? Come to this enthralling mystery for the excitement, but stay for the incredible characters. You’ll be dying to know how they make out.
Bestseller Box's subpar 22nd Joe Pickett novel (after 2021's Dark Sky) opens with the Wyoming game warden called to a rancher's land to check out a dead moose. The purported moose turns out to be the burned body of a local fishing guide, who was apparently tortured before he died. Meanwhile, Joe's wife, the director of the county library, finds a rare Nazi artifact left on the library's doorstep: a photo album that once belonged to a high-ranking Nazi officer. That memento is also of interest to a pair of violent Hungarian brothers who've been dispatched to Wyoming to grab the album utilizing any means necessary. An unconvincing subplot involving the efforts of Joe's best friend, Nate Romanowski, to reclaim his precious falcons abducted by a villain intent on selling them on the black market for nefarious purposes sputters out, but Box resolves the murder case and the hunt for the Nazi photo album with his usual panache. Series fans will hope to see more of a promising new character, rough-hewn falconer Geronimo Jones, but this isn't the place to start for newcomers.