Blood Trail (Joe Pickett #8)
Box has really tightened up his story telling. I didn't find myself skipping pages only turning them as fast as I could. Unfortunat ...more
The stakes are raised in the investigation when an anti-hunting advocate, Klamath Moore, ...more
Box, C.J. – 9th in series
Putnam, 2008 – US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780399154881
First Sentence: I am a hunter, a bestower of dignity.
Joe Pickett, now working director for the Governor of Wyoming, is called to go to a murder scene where an elk hunter has been murdered and his body treated like the quarry he sought. This isn’t the first such killing.
The Governor puts Joe on the multi-agency investigation, in spite of the antipathy between him a ...more
Although the writing is straight forward and the ending predictable, I found this book extremely interesting. I enjoy hunting and I thought the author did an excellent job of describing what the h ...more
Award-winning writer C. J. Box returns with a vengeance in this thrilling new novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.It’s elk season in the Rockies, but this year a different kind of hunter is stalking a different kind of prey. When the call comes in on the radio, Joe Pickett can hardly believe his ears: game wardens have found a hunter dead at a camp in the mountains—strung up, gutted, and flayed, as if he were the elk he’d been pursuing. A spent cartridge and a poker chip lie next to...more
I liked the detailed descriptions of hunting and trapping--while feeling repulsed at the institution proper, especially the dressing of the carcasses.
Joe is a properly conflicted and sometimes fumbling law enforcer to hold our attention. But, his unwavering sense of right and wrong always informs and sustains his actions.
I wish we had spent more time with Sheridan, who is now on the verge of adulthood. Joe feel ...more
The protagonist is Joe Pickett, a former Game Warden and current part time substitute. He has been called in to investigate the murders and catch the perpetrator(s). The complicating factors? There seems to be a connection between the victims, that is not clear at first. His former boss seems excessively concerned and has been acting erratically. There is an anti-hunting extremist visiting the area.
Joe Pickett is assigned by the governor to investigate the murder of an elk hunter. The body was found field dressed with a poker chip nearby. When further investigation of two hunter deaths disclose poker chips at the scene, a serial killer is suspected. The arrival of a high profile animal rights activist and the release of Na ...more
There are some lyrical descriptions of scenery and the woods. That’s where Box really shines. Some passages were worth reading a couple times just to enjoy the description (of nature, not the people.)
Not much suspense it’s pretty obvious who the killer is early on, although my credibility was strained by how easy it was for this guy to get around and stump the authori ...more
Liked it, but i felt like perhaps the author is getting a little 'pat' with his stories. it seemed the family relationships that i enjoy so much were a little less in depth
(pickett and his wife, him and his dtr., etc.).
i also felt like there were way more deaths than i'm used to in a c.j. box book. also felt that
it was kind of easy to just have nate walk in at the end and apparently murder the vern guy
who got out of prison for helping solve the hunting murders.
saying all th ...more
He is just looking forward to some time at home with his family, when he is called back in on a special case. Someone is hunting hunters. A hunter has been found dead, treated like the elk he was hunting would have been. Two previous hunting deaths are looked at in ...more
1. We get it, Mr. Box. You. Don't. Like. Animal. Rights. Activists. Enough, already! Look, I laughed when the tree spiker wound up in the tree in the beginning of Out of Range, and for a book or two it was fun, but seriously, it's time to skip the needle over a track. ...more
Hunter vs. Animal, the age old question. Do we need to hunt? Then men are hunted and left as animals who are hunted. Why? The answer is not clear. Neither are the good or bad guys. Storyline keeps you involved each step of the way. Well developed characters, you could know these people. Highly recommend this book. Each book in the series is contained so you are not left hanging. Love it. Graphic in descriptions and well developed.
Many books later we see a maturity in the writing of CJ Box. There is now mystery with a 'who done it' element.
A point of concern is the dwindling number of regular characters in the books. At the rate Box is killing them off Joe Pickett will soon be on his own. In a frenzy of one edition the Pickett's lost a 'daughter'.
Ripples of horror spread through the community, and with a possibly psychotic kille ...more