Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett investigates a mysterious death at a secret remote high-tech facility in this riveting new novel from #1 New York Times bestseller C.J. Box.
When a prominent University of Wyoming professor goes missing, authorities are stumped. That is, until Joe Pickett makes two surprising discoveries while hunting down a wounded elk on his district as an epic spring storm descends upon him. First, he finds the professor’s vehicle parked on a remote mountainside. Then Joe finds the professor’s frozen and mutilated body. When he attempts to learn more, his investigation is obstructed by federal agents, extremists, and Governor Colter Allen.
Nate Romanowski is rebuilding his falconry company—and financing this through crypto mining with the assistance of Geronimo Jones. He’s then approached by a shadowy group of local militant activists that is gaining in power and influence, and demanding that Wyoming join other western states and secede from the union—by force, if necessary. They ask Nate to throw in with them, but he’s wary. Should he trust them, or is he being set up?
As a storm of peril gathers around them, Joe and Nate confront it in different ways—and maybe, for the first time, on opposite sides.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Political corruption and domestic terrorism hit the Rocky Mountains in this riveting thriller. When no-nonsense game warden Joe Pickett ventures out into an impending blizzard to find an injured elk, he discovers something quite different: a dead University of Wyoming professor, along with what turns out to be a secret tech facility owned by an Atlanta billionaire. Getting to the bottom of things is dangerous and dicey, as espionage, right-wing secessionists, and national security trip up the dogged investigator. We loved the supporting characters (who help make C. J. Box’s long-running Joe Pickett series so intensely readable), like the outlaw falconer Nate and his fraught friendship with Joe. We spent much of this book wanting to discover how the people in Joe’s life would play a role in the dangerous events unfolding—and we were not disappointed. Packed with witty banter and fast-paced action, Storm Watch kept us on edge and entertained.
At the start of Edgar winner Box's outstanding 23rd Joe Pickett novel (after 2022's Shadows Reel), the Wyoming game warden comes across a grisly scene after pursuing an injured elk: inside an isolated ranch outbuilding there's a body of a man with the top of his head missing. With a snowstorm fast approaching, Joe has time only to remove the man's wallet and take some photos with his phone. The lazy local sheriff offers little help, and the body of the victim, a University of Wyoming professor according to the ID in his wallet, is gone when Joe returns to the scene. It becomes clear that higher-ups want Joe to stay away from the case. Joe soon has another crime to deal with—a gang has been gathering "sheds," the antlers that bull elks shed each spring, out of season. Meanwhile, Joe's falconer buddy, Nate Romanowski, is suspicious of a shadowy figure keen on persuading him to join an anti-government group. The suspense builds as the various story lines neatly intersect on the way to a tense confrontation between two of the most powerful politicians in Wyoming. Box is writing at the top of his game. Agent: Ann Rittenberg, Ann Rittenberg Literary.
Another good Joe Picket yarn,
Up all night read
One of his best!
I enjoyed the book.