The past comes back to haunt game warden Joe Pickett and his family with devastating effect in this thrilling novel from #1 New York Times–bestselling author C. J. Box.
The plane circled in the dark. Joe Pickett could just make out down below a figure in the snow and timber, and then three other figures closing in. There was nothing he could do about it. And Joe knew that he might be their next target.
The Cates family had always been a bad lot. Game warden Joe Pickett had been able to strike a fierce blow against them when the life of his daughter April had been endangered, but he’d always wondered if there’d be a day of reckoning. He’s not wondering any longer. Joe knows they’re coming after him and his family now. He has his friend Nate by his side, but will that be enough this time? All he can do is prepare...and wait for them to make the first move.
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Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett’s official job is protecting wildlife, but he wrestles with bigger questions of wealth, power, and firepower. Who has it, and who suffers because they don’t? Pickett’s own family is on the defensive as he reckons with an old foe bent on revenge. Aided by his wife and an assassin-turned-falconer, he chases (and is chased by) ex-convicts, an ax-wielding meth addict, and a mysterious criminal mastermind. Vicious Circle—C.J. Box’s 17th novel starring his morally complex hero—is at turns hilarious and harrowing, stuffed with characters whose familiarity makes the mystery that much more gripping.
At the start of Edgar-winner Box's crackling 17th Joe Pickett novel (after 2016's Off the Grid), the Wyoming game warden is aboard a small plane in search of hunter Dave Farkus, "currently an unemployed layabout collecting dubious disability checks," who has gone on the run in the frozen high country. With the aid of an infrared spotting device, Joe locates Dave right before the fugitive is fatally shot. Joe quickly settles on a suspect: erstwhile rodeo star Dallas Cates, just released from the prison where Joe helped send him 18 months earlier. Dallas's motive? Scorched-earth revenge on Joe. To that end, the diabolically clever Dallas has recruited a gang of psychopathic miscreants for the ages. A sequence in which a female meth head attempts to kill Joe's wife and daughters with an ax ranks as the scariest in any Pickett novel to date; a close second goes to a confrontation between Joe and Dallas's imprisoned, quadriplegic mother. In short, this outing is the most suspenseful yet in this world-class series, setting a new standard for Box. Author tour.