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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 hard-working local business owner whose daughter is friends with Joe’s girls. Little does he know that when Butch says he’s 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. Joe learns that the land Butch and his wife had bought to retire on was declared a protected wetland by the EPA, and the subsequent fines have torn the family apart. 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 he soon 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.
Based on a true story, this book is very hard to put down and will enrage and engage you, guaranteed.
Breaking Point. C.J. Box
A friend of Game Warden Joe Pickett has disappeared. He is accused of murdering two EPA Federal agent. He has disappeared in the mountains. An avid hunter he knows the territory better than Joe. A crooked EPA director is helping out a friend of his who is a neighbor of Butch Roberson, Joes friend. Butch’s house is blocking his few of a lake.A short time later agents from the EPA show on the property and tell him he is building on wetlands which is a lie and he has to move. They are also fining huge amounts of money every day if he does not return the land to the condition it was in prior to him bulldozing with his tractor to erect a home. What now ensues is the twisted abuse of power of the Director of the EPA. Another excellent read in this series!! Enjoyed immensely!! My highest recommendation!!
So far my #2 fav in the series!