A stranger makes trouble for Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett in this gripping thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.
Everything about the rich stranger is a mystery: the massive, isolated ranch in the remote Black Hills of Wyoming, the women who live with him, the secret philanthropies, the private airstrip, the sudden disappearances. And especially the persistent rumors that the man’s wealth comes from killing people.
Joe Pickett, still officially a game warden but now mostly a troubleshooter for the governor, is assigned to find out the truth. But he finds out a lot more than he bargained for. There are two other men living up at that ranch. One is a stone-cold killer who takes an instant dislike to Joe. He doesn’t frighten Joe at all. The other man is another story...
Near the start of bestseller Box's exhilarating 14th Joe Pickett novel (after 2013's Breaking Point), the Wyoming game warden receives a summons to the governor's office. Governor Rulon needs Joe to travel to Medicine Wheel County to investigate Wolfgang Templeton, a retired businessman who may be involved in a "high-end murder-for-hire business." Joe's assignment is to gather information on Templeton while assisting the area's game warden, without letting any of the locals know his true purpose or letting "things get western." Meanwhile, Joe's ward, April, is being courted by Dallas Cates, rodeo champion and possible rapist, and his eldest daughter, Sheridan, is getting "a really bad vibe" from a transfer student in her dorm at the University of Wyoming. Unlike your standard-issue action hero, the canny Joe uses his wits, taking time to assess the literal and figurative lay of the land. Box does a good job of working in the backstories of characters and situations, so even new readers should have no problem following along.
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Draws you in.
A good fast-paced story. Though it doesn't grab you in the first paragraph, or, for me, even the first page, you suddenly find yourself committed to the character, Joe Pickett. There was simply no point at which I was ready to put the book aside to pick up later. Although this is apparently a series of long standing, I as a new reader had no problem getting the lay of the land and the drift of the relationships. It stands alone just fine, with the caveat that I will be going back to the beginning to get to know these intriguing characters better.
Another CJ Box page turner
As a huge fan of this series, I am afraid my remarks are just a bit prejudiced. I enjoy the way the author develops the characters and does not clutter the story with needless detail: just enough to hook us. We know what makes Joe Pickett tick. He has a very certain code of what is right and although he can be aggravating at times, he frequently leave us breathless. I can't wait for what is next!