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Savage Run (Joe Pickett #2)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  7,251 Ratings  ·  458 Reviews
Laconic Joe Pickett returns to his slightly offbeat duties in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains in C. J. Box's Savage Run. Joe is called to the scene when an exploding cow kills a famous ecoterrorist, Stewie Woods, and his bride of three days, who were peacefully spiking trees. A visit to the cow's pugnacious owner leaves Joe defensive, angry, and curious: Why doesn't the ranche ...more
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Published February 1st 2011 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published 2002)
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Joe Pickett is a family man and one of the few Game Wardens in Wyoming, he has a steady moral compass and is an intellegent, lawful man. In this second addition to the series Joe gets wrapped up in an environmental feud. After radicals set off an explosion in the deep woods, an investigation reveals that a cow and possibly two people were accidentally killed. Joe knows that there is more to it than that and goes back later to look into it further. When he is shot at with a long range rifle he kn ...more
Cathrine ☯
3.5★ for book 2 in what has become my favorite Man Lit series. #nohasslereading
I want to love these books because they came with such high recommendation. However, they are good but not wonderful! The main character is a fish and game warden, is very moral, and a bit too naive. I really hate to say it (because I should appreciate a moral, trusting character) but he was almost too good to be true. Oh, that is so sad to say. He is the kind of man who trusts in a handshake and expects that everyone will abide by the rules. I truly hope there are people like that still in the ...more
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Book # 2 in the Joe Pickett series starts with the death of an infamous environmentalist. A fire-spotter has noted the explosion, and the Sheriff, expecting some sort of poaching of elk, calls on the Wyoming Game Warden to join him in investigating. The bloody scene of destruction is not what they were expecting and the Sheriff seems particularly angry that Pickett is involved. “But,” Pickett reminds him, “YOU called me to join you.” The case is closed fairly quickly, but Joe isn’t satisfied, an ...more
Anthony Bellaleigh
Joe Pickett #2 (the Murder Mystery sequel to Open Season) opens with a jaw dropping paragraph and then nicely propels you back into Joe's world at the edge of the Rocky Mountains.

If I'm honest, then it seemed to drift for a couple of chapters and I was wondering whether a serious case would ever emerge - and, how Joe would end up in the middle of it...? More fool me. I should be more familiar with cleverly crafted scene setting...

I recommend making sure you give yourself some serious reading tim
May 09, 2009 Sherri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second of the charming game warden Joe Pickett series finds Joe again in Wyoming's Bighorn mountain range. A famous ecoterrorist, out peacefully spiking trees with his bride of three days, is killed by an exploding cow. Joe is drawn into this crime and must meet with the cow's owner, who seems complacent about the deaths on his ranch land. Joe wants to know why this bizarre circumstance of facts doesn't phase the jerk.

Marybeth, Joe's wife, begins receiving phone calls from an old high school
Alan Williams
Aug 26, 2011 Alan Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
This is the second Joe Pickett novel and the series is getting stronger.

The series is set in some amazing scenic backcountry, and Joe Pickett is a pleasantly flawed lead character. Unlike many flawed heroes in crime novels, Joe is just human. He's mucked up a few times, but he believes in what he does.

Although I enjoyed the story, there was an element of predictability about it, but not so much that the overall story suffered, I think I would just rather have known a little less about what was
Aug 01, 2011 Wesley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We'll this was good. I really thing it's a strong 3 star'r. The story was predictable. What was enjoyable with this book the descriptions and visual references of imagining what parts of Wyoming looks like. CJ Box nails this on the head and then some. I tried to fail on predicting most of the parts and I didn't fail, if I had even once in the 2nd half of the book it would have gotten 4. I'm not going to compare these to the Swagger series anymore, they aren't. What Stephen Hunter does for firear ...more
C.J. Box – 2nd in series
When a massive explosion occurs, apparently killing an environmental activist, Game Warden Joe Pickett is called in to investigate.

This is a very good series and refreshing in that Joe is happily, but realistically, married with children; he’s honest and ethical and lives his life the best he can. The stories are well plotted, well written, with the right level of action and suspense to keep us involved. I have, and look forward to reading, the 3rd book in
Peggy Sinden
Aug 18, 2016 Peggy Sinden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Joe Pickett #2. This follows Joe in his quest to know about the range wars between the Ecoterrists who believe in bring the earth back to its natural wildlife and the ranchers who want to destroy it. Is Stewie really dead this time? Joe tests this survival skills and his determination to do the 'right thing'.
Jul 03, 2016 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: box
3 jul 16, another from box for me...the 6th i think. most of the other 5-6 have been joe pickett stories and i haven't been reading them in order. how thoughtless and inconsiderate. but i've enjoyed each one. onward and upward
4 jul 16, finished. great story! the ole willing suspension takes a kick in the pants a time or three but all in all a good read.
Second in gripping series of mysteries with Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett as hero. He uses brains and grit to get out of some tough situations and renders pleasure to see the greedy take a fall. The series also nicely showcases the beauty of the Rockies--makes me miss living out West.�
Jun 27, 2016 Curlyhair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2016
2nd in this series and an enjoyable read. I liked this better than the first, possibly as I'm getting used to the characters and the whole wilderness thing.
Rex Fuller
Apr 10, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very smooth and easy read, in which the author just about perfectly skewers environmental extremists on both ends of tne spectrum.
Susan Grace
Feb 10, 2017 Susan Grace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am really enjoying this "new to me" series! The hero, Joe Pickett, is so relatable. He is a sometimes bumbling, loving father of three girls, sometimes insecure husband, not the best shot game warden in small town Saddlestring, Wyoming. He gets scared. He doesn't always know what to do when caught in a sticky situation. A thrilling, frightening, educational, and funny trek through the wilderness.
Carolyn Taylor
Sep 25, 2016 Carolyn Taylor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have a lot of reading to catch up on Joe Pickett. Don't know why I waited so long to start this series, two books and I am hooked. Picking up book three from my favorite library Monday. Summit County Library is the best. Thanks to Darlene, Dan and Joe for the recommend!
Becky ♡The Bookworm♡
Well, that's one way to make ground chuck! Seriously though, I really enjoyed this book. The character development was very well done. Our villains are deeply disturbing individuals with an evil plan. Charlie Tibbs ranks up there with my "Best Worse Villains Ever" and the last person I'd want to tick off. On the upside, I'm really becoming fond of Joe Pickett, who is once again the underdog. He's not the alpha male that is so popular in fiction today, just an average "Joe" who loves his family a ...more
Aug 08, 2012 Robert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When it comes to writing a successful mystery series, a memorable, likeable main character goes a long way toward completing the marathon. Joe Pickett has likeability in spades, and his game warden profession provides a unique perspective in a sea of detectives, PIs, and ne’er-do-wells. While the plot may have been a bit farfetched at times, it never seemed so far out there that it proved unreasonable.

What really drew me into the story, though, was the beginning. The opening line is perfection,
Jul 13, 2015 Clyde rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Savage Run, Wyoming game warden Joe Picket runs up against a new age range war. Killers have been hired by some shadowy group to kill off environmental activists. Joe gets caught up in the conflict at first peripherally through his job and then directly through a family connection from the past.
For the first two thirds of the book, the story builds in two separate lines. One follows the team of killers as they go about the country eliminating victims in imaginative ways. The other follows Joe
This book grabbed my attention and kept me interested till the end. The story is about these environmentalist wackos that are getting murdered in various parts of the country. Joe Pickett gets involved because one of the murders takes place in his jurisdiction. The head of One Globe is blown up with hi newlywed by a bomb attached to a cow. Joe is trying to figure out what is going on, plus do his job as the game warden in Saddlestring, Wyoming. The wonder of the cow who blew up seems to be a cha ...more
Michael Arches
Dec 26, 2014 Michael Arches rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe continues to struggle with opposition on virtually every front as he tries to understand the most bizarre murder I don't think I've ever read about death by exploding cow before. With that kind of beginning, you know this is going to be a tongue-in-cheek look at murder in rural Wyoming. The environmentalists are extreme, and Joe is caught between them and the greedy and shadowy political monsters trying to plunder the West. Throughout the story, Joe seems a half-step behind, but he isn't as ...more
Helen Drake
Another great book by CJ Box. I'm completely hooked on this series. A militant environmentalist goes up against a cartel of villainous ranchers that will stop at nothing to get what they want. And, Box's fearless game warden, Joe Pickett, is in the thick of it this time, nearly losing his life as he goes after this evil cast of neer-do-wells. Highly recommend this series!
Nate Hendrix
Oct 15, 2012 Nate Hendrix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Box is great I will be reading everything he has written. Up to this point I have only been dissapointed by him once. This book was not a dissapointment. Joe ends up trying to solve a murder that may or may not have happened and then ends up running through the wilderness to get away from a killer. I love an author that is brave enough to not have everything end happily ever after.
May 03, 2015 Holly rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shame on you, C.J. Box, for perpetuating the lie about Cass Elliot's death. She did NOT die from "eating a sandwich" as you claim. She died of a heart attack at the age of 32, sadly. Don't you check your facts before you print cruel urban legend?
Mar 12, 2010 Quinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you like modern day westerns about the rocky mountain states C.J Box is the the guy to read.
Oct 30, 2008 Kelley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kelley by: Mom
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Gruesome, a fun read, I love this series!
Richard Jr.
Jan 21, 2017 Richard Jr. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: western
Joe Pickett fits the profile of the game warden perfectly. Here's a man who has deeply seated values, who want to live in the outdoors and loves to go beyond the call of duty to solve the cases that confront a ranger. He doesn't sweep things under the rug, whether it's a poached elk or a niggling suspicion about a crime scene that will ultimately lead him into a situation of life and death.
I found the exploding cow scenario a bit far out, but hey try anything once if you're a hardened killer
Dec 24, 2016 James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Second in the Joe Pickett series. Comparable to Longmire, but without a set of truly engaging characters - so far.

The plots so far are somewhat reminiscent of those of James Lee Burke's, in terms of the villains being rich and powerful and ruthless. This second one also has a shadowy organization in the background and leaves you with the feeling that "they are still out there" even though individual evildoers have been dispatched.

The common theme in the first two is the environmental theme, and
Jan 07, 2017 Allie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved Joe Pickett Bk #1 - Open Season. This one scored a little lower for me, but I still enjoyed it and still plan to read the next one soon. I like how well the author shows us that you can disagree with another's point of view on one subject, but still like that person - something a lot of people swept up in the presidential election conflicts could learn from. I pass these on to my husband, who enjoys them as much as I do. We are definitely C. J. Box fans.
Jan 19, 2017 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, audiobooks
Good book. This is the 2nd in the Joe Pickett series. A series of murders of environmentalists makes its way to Saddlestring, Wyoming. The victim is an old friend of MaryBeth's. Joe becomes involved in the investigation and then ends up in danger himself. I enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading the next one in the series.
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Edgar Award-winning author C.J. Box is the author of nineteen novels including the Joe Pickett series. He's also won the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, and the Barry Award. His short stories have been featured in America's Best Mystery Stories of 2006 and limited-edition printings. 2008 novel BLOOD TRAIL was nominated for the International IMPAC Dub ...more
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“On the third day of their honeymoon, infamous environmental activist Stewie Woods and his new bride, Annabel Bellotti, were spiking trees in the forest when a cow exploded and blew them up. Until then, their marriage had been happy.” 21 likes
“Like most men, he had a tough time believing that his wife had had any kind of interesting life before she met him. Which was ridiculous on its face.” 3 likes
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