"Impressive precision and heart-gripping suspense....Good characters, an extra good story, and great scenes of life and death in the wilderness"--New York Times Book Review
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must investigate an attempted murder--a crime committed from a confoundingly long distance--in the riveting new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author C. J. Box.
When Joe Pickett is asked to join the rescue efforts for the victim of a startling grizzly attack, he reluctantly leaves his district behind. One survivor of the grizzly's rampage tells a bizarre story, but just as Joe begins to suspect the attack is not what it seems, he is brought home by an emergency on his own turf. Someone has targeted a prominent local judge, shooting at him from a seemingly impossible distance. While the judge was not hit, his wife is severely wounded, and it is up to Joe to find answers--and the shooter.
The search for the would-be assassin becomes personal when Joe's best friend, Nate Romanowski --just as he's adjusting to the arrival of his first child--falls under suspicion for the crime. It's a race against the clock as Joe tries to clear Nate's name and identify the real shooter, all while deciphering the grizzly encounter. Beset by threats both man-made and natural, the two men must go to great lengths to keep their loved ones safe.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Tracking down a killer in the great outdoors is not a job for the faint of heart. Thankfully, game warden Joe Pickett, the soft-spoken hero of C. J. Box’s hit series, is up to the task. Though Joe already has his hands full with the death of a local hunting guide, he jumps on the case when the wife of a powerful judge is shot in her own home. Evidence suggests the shooter was almost impossibly far away, leaving Pickett to figure out not just who did it, but how. As always, Box gives us a satisfying mix of memorable characters (both suspicious and otherwise), whodunit clues, and lavish descriptions of the wild Wyoming landscape. Long Range made us want to take a trip to the Equality State ourselves—although we’d prefer to have Joe as our guide.
In Edgar winner Box's terrific 20th novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett (after 2019's Wolf Pack), a retired FBI agent warns Joe's longtime falconer friend, Nate Romanowski, that the Mexican drug cartel whose four assassins Nate helped take down in Wolf Pack have marked Nate as a target for revenge. The cartel has dispatched Orlando Panfile, an expert marksman, to do the job. Meanwhile, someone takes a long-range shot at ill-tempered Judge Hewitt in his home that hits Hewitt's wife, leaving her in critical condition. Could it be Panfile? Joe is asked to join the investigation by the new county sheriff, Brendan Kapelow, who eventually becomes convinced that Nate is responsible for the shooting. Kapelow arrests Nate for attempted murder when a long-range rifle is discovered hidden in one of his falcon pens. Of course, Joe isn't buying it, and conducts his own unauthorized investigation to help clear Nate. But why does Panfile mount an effort to have Nate freed? Clever plotting keeps this conspiracy yarn moving briskly, and the scenes depicting Nate's abuse while in prison are harrowing. This is another top-flight crime yarn illustrating why Box's readers are never happier than when Joe and Nate have reason to "get western." Author tour.
Another great book from CJ Box.
I believe I have read all of the Joe Pickett series and look forward to more. I’ve come to love the Pickett family and their growth. More of Joe Pickett Mr. Box please
The storyline/plot is unusually clumsy and awkward. The opening of the book based in the Teton Wilderness area is based on recent true events but its tie to the plot seems contrived. This series was never meant to be literature but is one is poorly conceived.