Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett’s hunt for a fugitive reveals a conspiracy in this taut thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Joe Pickett always liked Butch Roberson—a hardworking local business-owner whose daughter is friends with his own. Little does he know that when Butch says he is heading into the mountains to scout elk, he is actually going on the run.
Two EPA employees have been murdered, and all signs point to Butch as the killer. Soon, Joe hears of the land Butch and his wife had bought to retire on—until they are told the EPA declared it a wetland—and the penalties they charged Butch until the family was torn apart by debt. Finally, it seems, the man just cracked.
It’s an awful story. But is it the whole story? The more Joe investigates, the more he begins to wonder—and the more he finds himself in the middle of a war in which he must choose sides.
Bureaucracy run amok drives Wyoming construction company owner Butch Roberson to the breaking point in Box's excellent 13th Joe Pickett novel (after 2012's Force of Nature). When game warden Pickett investigates a cut fence between private land and public land, he comes across Roberson, who says he entered the public land to scout elk. Before leaving, Pickett delivers a friendly warning to Roberson, who resents the laws restricting his access to public land, to repair the fence. Later, Pickett learns that Roberson is the prime suspect in the killing of two armed EPA agents. Vindictive EPA regional director Juan Julio Batista, who quickly arrives on the scene, calls in a lot of manpower, while Pickett leads a team on horseback into the mountains after Roberson. Former sheriff Kyle McLanahan goes gunning for Roberson, too, prompted by hopes of a reward. Thrilling wilderness chases, chilling stories of the abuse of power, and Pickett's indomitable frontier spirit power this explosive novel.
I've been a fan of C. J. Box's work for a long time and I'm happy to say that his character development of Joe Pickett has matured. Initially Joe appeared to be kind of a bumbling wimp - no more. I highly recommend his books.
I love these books, but Really?
Guilty until proven innocent? Drones? Hellfire misses? Those things would normally get my attention but, in retrospect, not in the way they were used in this story. Almost lost me but I’ll try one more book.
Just another outstanding story you can’t put down! So far, C J CONTINUES HIS EXCELLENCE!