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Dull Knife (Joe Pickett #4.5)

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A chilling short story of death and retribution from the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "Cold Wind." Twenty-two degrees below zero on a high mountain lake in Wyoming. Game warden Joe Pickett was carefully sliding across to check the licenses of a group of ice fishermen on the lake, when he saw the strange faint yellow glow coming from beneath the surface and, when ...more
ebook, 23 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Putnam Adult
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50th out of 83 books — 20 voters
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Eve Nolon
Aug 15, 2014 Eve Nolon rated it did not like it
Shelves: e-book
This series. Well, I am not sure what I think as a whole but the individual books are pretty solid. I like that Joe Pickett isn't right all the time or a bad ass warrior who has all of the answers. I like his family, and I do like that the family faces the consequences of Joe's (in)actions. The daughters are well developed for young characters, even though I think 7-yo Sheridan acted more like a girl twice her age in the first book. I strangely dig Nate even though I am damned sure if he was a r ...more
Ronna
May 03, 2012 Ronna rated it it was amazing
Though this was a short e book special, CJ Box manages to continue bringing issues, storytelling, characterization , and great writing to a superior level!! He's one of my top ten all time favorite authors!!! No matter who I've given his books to, or who I've recommended his book to, there has yet to be someone who finds my enthusiasm for his writings unjustified!! If you haven't found him yet, there is nothing like TODAY!!
Carmen
Mar 10, 2012 Carmen rated it really liked it
Love the way the author writes about the outdoors. He describes it so well you feel like you are standing in the snow smelling the pines. Only complaint on this book, its just a story, not a book. Toooooooo short, gimme me more.
Jon Borah

A chilling short story of death and retribution from the New York Times-bestselling author of Cold Wind. Twenty-two degrees below zero on a high mountain lake in Wyoming. Game warden Joe Pickett was carefully sliding across to check the licenses of a group of ice fishermen on the lake, when he saw the strange faint yellow glow coming from beneath the surface and, when he got closer, the thin, spindly, black thing sticking up in the middle of it. His first thought was that it was a tree branch. B

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Lissa Notreallywolf
Jun 07, 2015 Lissa Notreallywolf rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is a e-book special and I guess if you are devoted to Joe Pickett it's worth about $3 to read a vignette that is obviously source work for the later character Shenandoah Morris. It took me about 10 meinutes to read about Daryl Heywood of the "wannabee" tribe, and I sort of hope for a longer exposition on this type of cultural parasite in an upcoming novel. He comes to a just end in this short story, but I wanted more than a such a short story. Good writing, but less than effective dose.
Barbara
Jun 05, 2015 Barbara rated it really liked it
A freaky accidental death, righteous anger, and one of the best opening paragraphs I've ever read.

"When it's twenty-two degrees below zero on a high mountain lake, the cracking of the ice makes an unearthly howling bellow that chills the blood and makes hearts skip a beat. The crack itself, looking like a jagged bolt of crystal-white lightning, zips across the ice with the flick of a lizard's tongue. But it is the sound of the crack, the plaintive, anguished moan, that penetrates a man and make
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Garth
May 22, 2016 Garth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Picket - another great story!

C J Box can weave a unique story! I've liked every one of his novels and short stories. Hope he continues for a long time yet!!
LJ
DULL KNIFE (Game Warden-Wyoming-Cont) – Ex
Box, C.J. – Short Story – Phil Parks, Illustrator
A.S.A.P., 2005 – Hardcover, Limited Edition
Game Warden Joe Pickett has little to do in the winter except check the licenses of ice fishermen. When one asks about light shining up through the ice, Joe finds a submerged car and a body.
*** I keep saying I don't really like short stories. Okay, I lied. Perhaps I enjoyed this as much as I did because I already know the character of Joe so I did't miss the devel
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Mark Easter
Jul 19, 2015 Mark Easter rated it liked it

A chilling short story of death and retribution from the New York Times-bestselling author of Cold Wind. Twenty-two degrees below zero on a high mountain lake in Wyoming. Game warden Joe Pickett was carefully sliding across to check the licenses of a group of ice fishermen on the lake, when he saw the strange faint yellow glow coming from beneath the surface and, when he got closer, the thin, spindly, black thing sticking up in the middle of it. His first thought was that it was a tree branch. B

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Peter Charleston
Mar 23, 2015 Peter Charleston rated it liked it
Quick enjoyable Joe Pickett adventure.
Ron Collins
Feb 22, 2016 Ron Collins rated it liked it
This is indeed a short story.
Frank
Nov 01, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it
Good short story
Sharon
Mar 11, 2015 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novella .. not a lot happening but gain insight into the characters of the main series and his stories are always interesting.
Bruce Snell
Dec 26, 2013 Bruce Snell rated it liked it
A short story in the Joe Pickett series by C.J.Box - 3.5 stars. In this story Joe finds the body of a young Arapaho woman frozen in the ice covering a reservoir in his district. A well written short story that gives the reader some background into the Joe's family and how that affects his job.
Daniel P Tyndale Jr
Great story

I have read a few of his books. This one is a nice short read, adds more to the character of the warden.
Douglas Cook
Jan 22, 2012 Douglas Cook rated it it was amazing
First sentence, "WHEN IT’S twenty-two degrees below zero on a high mountain lake, the cracking of the ice makes an unearthly howling bellow that chills the blood and makes hearts skip a beat."

Box, C. J. (2011-09-27). Dull Knife (Kindle Locations 28-29). Penguin Group. Kindle Edition.
Trish
Apr 05, 2012 Trish rated it really liked it
4 stars/Fiction; Suspense

My first book by CJ Box, though my hubby owns and has read them all. I liked reading this short thriller from a male author perspective.

It was very entertaining. I definitely plan on reading more of Box's books in the near future.
Bob Alger
Oct 21, 2015 Bob Alger rated it it was ok
I love CJ Box's Joe Pickett character and his books. This thing, however, is a complete waste of time. It's basically one chapter long and there is nothing to it. Don't even bother reading it.
Tara Choate
Apr 26, 2015 Tara Choate rated it liked it
Good decision to write this as a short story. If he had tried to drag it out, I can really see this as a painful book. But as a short story, quite nice.
Jack
Sep 23, 2012 Jack rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short story featuring game warden Joe Pickett. Enjoyable but over too soon - which I why I don't often read short stories.
Paul Phillips
Aug 11, 2012 Paul Phillips rated it liked it
A Joe Pickett short story about friendship, family and vengeance. A good tale, albeit a bit short to be fully effective.
Randy Grady
good story, Box is very good at short stories. he is good at all story telling.
Donna Siebold
Oct 09, 2013 Donna Siebold rated it liked it
Good story showing Joe Pickett's regard for the Indians who live near him. Too short.
Nicholle
Apr 03, 2012 Nicholle rated it really liked it
Shelves: fic, wyoming-west
A very quick read, but a great dose of Joe Pickett.
Annie
Sep 08, 2012 Annie rated it really liked it
Loved it but it was too short.
Ann
Mar 12, 2015 Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ebk from lcpl
Johnny
Feb 15, 2014 Johnny rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook-e-reader
Good short read.
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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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