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Winterkill (Joe Pickett #3)

4.13  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,586 Ratings  ·  359 Reviews
Joe Pickett's pursuit of a killer through the rugged mountains of Wyoming takes a horrifying turn when his beloved foster daughter is kidnapped. Now it's personal.
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 29th 2004 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published January 1st 2003)
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Sep 30, 2008 Kari rated it it was amazing
I decided to go meet the author at a Thursday evening event at the Highlands Ranch Library in Douglas County, so I checked out Winterkill on Monday. I only had time to read about half of it before his presentation, but I was hooked. And when I met CJ Box, it was like he just stepped out of his own book - I could tell that he writes his characters and his plots out of what he knows and loves. Box lives in Cheyenne, and his mysteries are set in Wyoming.

Main character Joe Pickett is a game warden
Sep 13, 2011 Wesley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series_favorites
Well this if my favorite of the Joe Pickett books so far. I did the first 2 on the kindle but chose to do this one via audiobook on the Ipod as I was starting to have little faith in the series.

1. audiobook was a fantastic choice as this was just flat out awesomesauce, 2. what a great story (gotta like the woods though) 3. I can't wait for book 4.

This is a great one timer because the story unfolds and it's the kind suspenseful so once the cats outta the bag, ya know. I'd almost recommend skipp
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
3rd in the Joe Pickett series.[return][return]Joe Pickett, game warden in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains, runs across what is a massacre of elk just as a storm is about to hit. The killer is Lamar Gardniner, a district supervisor for the National Forest,and a friend of Joe s. In the process of taking Gardiner in, Lamar manages to get the best of Joe, handcuff him to the steering wheel of his truck, and escape. Our antihero Joe removes the wheel from the steering column and tracks Gardiner down to f ...more
Oct 24, 2012 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Joe Pickett series by Box is becoming one of my favorites along with the Longmire series by Craig Johnson. Both series take place in Wyoming and involve local ranchers, cowboys, hunters, etc. Joe Pickett is the local game warden and gets in the middle of some perplexing situations. In Winterkill, he stumbles upon a U.S. Forest Service supervisor who is wantonly killing a herd of Elk. The FS officer winds up dead and pinned to a tree by some high-powered arrows. In trying to solve the murder, ...more
Rex Fuller
Jun 02, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it
You might tend to think the villainess (Strickland) is over-the-top, until you actually think about it. She embodies what we see every day: narcissism, arrogance, deceit, and...well, anyone can fill in the rest. Nate Romanowski is about the best side-kick anyone could hope for. And Joe Pickett reminds us we can't get along very well at all without people like him.
Anthony Bellaleigh
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Oct 19, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-wyoming
So we meet the mysterious and formidable Nate Romanowski, falconer and former special ops soldier, in this book-- the third installment in the series. Joe has another embarrassing moment when an arrested poacher cuffs him to his steering wheel and escapes in a blizzard only to be mysteriously murdered. Nate is immediately arrested and asks Joe to clear him. Joe has never met Nate but believes in his innocence. OBTW the mother of April, now living with Joe and his daughters since she abandoned he ...more
Genine Franklin-Clark
Jul 23, 2012 Genine Franklin-Clark rated it it was ok
Our Hero, the Game Warden, has as his enemies: (1) A crazy (literally) Fed woman who has a
hand-held cocker spaniel, (2) an FBI man, as crazy as the woman, and (3) the local sheriff, who has a bone to pick with Our Hero. These three plan to take down the killers of government employees
(although they're the killers only in the minds of the Evil Three.) The woman had a Yorkie which she got to keep her cocker spaniel company, but then decided she didn't like the Yorkie, and refused to let it into a
Nov 11, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-challange
I have found a new favorite author!
Book Concierge
A national forest service bureaucrat is brutally murdered just as a caravan of anti-government “sovereigns” arrive to set up camp in the Battle Mountain campground. This would not be Game Warden Joe Pickett’s concern except that the man who was killed was in his custody at the time, and the Sovereigns are sheltering the mother of Joe’s foster child, Lucy.

Book # 3 in the Joe Pickett series has two distinct plot lines – maybe three. Who is targeting the federal officers? How far with the clearly
C.J. Box is a good story-teller. He keeps it simple - good guys vs. bad guys. The only reliably good guy in his stories is Game Warden Joe Pickett. Most everyone else is venal and indifferent to the lives of others.

The worst of the bad guys are always federal employees, usually those who work for the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and occasionally, as in this book, the F.B.I. Those who believe that individual rights are paramount and must never be infringed upon by a government
May 09, 2009 Sherri rated it really liked it
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett stumbles into a third novel by C.J. Box in his town of Saddlestring, Wyoming.

A forest service supervisor is murdered right behind a crazy shooting spree that slaughtered a herd of elk. To solve this crime, and against Joe's wishes, a special investigative tem is sent and the head honcho is a calculating woman without a heart, devious, misleading, cold as ice. She is ready to create a war that need not be, with a group of survivalists who chose to camp out on fede
Jun 23, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it
My first C.J. Box mystery and I loved it! Joe Pickett's family is finaly settling down after their prior crisis when Joe picks up a fellow Federal employee killing elk right and left. He is also drunk - very. While taking him back to town, Joe pulls over to check something, the guy bolts and Joe finds him with two arrows pinning him to a tree,

Which is only the beginning. A truly evil Forest Service manager, her "co-workers" and Joe's foster daughter make this book a one-night read.
This is a perfect book for a hot summer day. The descriptions of snow, ice, and wintry winds blowing during a Wyoming blizzard, while on the trail of a cold-blooded killer--or killers--will surely cool any reader down. Similar in style to Nevada Barr's series of books about Park Service employees solving crimes, Wyoming rancher-turned-writer C.J. Box has created Game Warden Joe Pickett as his protagonist. In this outing, Pickett has repeated run-ins with government bureaucrats after he becomes i ...more
Jul 07, 2016 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: box
5 jul 16, another from box for me...must be about #6 or 7, another joe pickett story, #3 but haven't been reading them in order. i think one i ready already numbered higher than #3 had some of the dreaded spoilers. so.
onward and upward.
7 jul 16, finished, great story! i really liked it.
C.J. Box – 3rd in series
Joe Pickett is caught in the middle between two sets of bad guys, one of whom works for the government, with the murder of a much-hated bureaucrat. A couple of bloodthirsty FBI agents are determined to use the incident as an excuse to attack a group of survivalists, a la Waco, Matters turn personal when Joe's foster daughter is kidnapped by her troubled mother, now living in the survivalist camp.

This series gets better with each book. The character takes o
Jun 08, 2015 Knewmyer rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-library, 2015
This one just about broke my heart, but I liked it just the same.
Andy Plonka
Jan 29, 2015 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it
Shelves: src
Since I have not been reading this series in order it comes as a shock to see Sheridan as a elementary school student and Joe dealing with his young family. This one introduces Nate Romanoski who figures prominently in a later book. The stuff about falconry was quite interesting.
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 16, 2013 Fredrick Danysh rated it it was amazing
Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett and his wife Marybeth are trying to adopt their foster daughter April when her mother shows up to claim her. When a Forest Department supervisor is murdered after slaughtering several elk, former special forces operator Nate Romanowski is accused of the crime and asks for Joe's help to prove his innocence. A hot shot Forest Service supervisor with an agenda gets into the case as do anti-government refuges who take over a campground. Thuus the stage is set for more ...more
Aug 24, 2016 J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Marge Anderson
Feb 14, 2016 Marge Anderson rated it really liked it
I'm starting to devour these Joe Pickett books by C.J. Box. As I've mentioned in previous reviews, the narratives are tight and fast-paced, and all of the threads between family, murder, law enforcement at local, state and federal level, wildlife, and other plot issues come together nicely. In Winterkill, Box also demonstrates deft skill in weaving together plot lines from previous books.

Winterkill also introduces a key character in the series - badass ex special forces dude Nate Romanowski. Rom
Kelly ...
Jan 06, 2016 Kelly ... rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
Would you consider the audio edition of Winterkill to be better than the print version?
I don't know as I did not read the print version However, Mr Chandler's narration was so good that I can imagine it is better.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
From the moment we learned April's mother was in town it was obvious what was about to happen. Still, when April described her "dream" to the family my heart filled with compassion for this child. She was obviously happy in the
Eve Nolon
Jan 06, 2016 Eve Nolon rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
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 badass 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 re ...more
Jul 10, 2015 Dale rated it really liked it
In this third book of the Joe Pickett series, the author has grown, sharpened his writing tools, and taken on a more ambitious plot. Center stage, of course is Joe Pickett, but his wife Mary Beth also plays a commanding role in this book as the entire Picket family (except Mary Beth's mom) struggles with an enormous crisis besetting the family. In this the book picks up seamlessly from the opening scene of book 1. But I didn't foresee the climax of this conflict playing out as it did.

The plot mo
Nathan Muegge
Oct 30, 2014 Nathan Muegge rated it it was amazing
Joe Pickett is a game warden (which is someone who makes sure hunters follow laws) in Wyoming when a steady politician goes crazy and kills too many elk for one hunter. This leads to a chase through the forest which results in a sudden and untimely death of the politician named Lamar Gardiner. The murder leaves Pickett with many questions and no answers, and as a blizzard comes in, the evidence left makes the crime scene hard to trace back to a murderer. They come in with a suspect that calls Pi ...more
Jun 08, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Once again, Joe Pickett finds himself in the line of fire when he arrests a U.S.Forestry agent who escapes and is murdered by persons unknown. On the scene of investigation appears Melinda Strickland, a totally incompetent woman who is only out to make herself look good and everyone else look bad. On top of that she is the most insane person Joe has ever met.

Strickland thwarts Joe every chance she gets, with a smile on her face and honey in her voice. When Joe's beloved foster daughter, April, b
Mar 12, 2016 Clyde rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction, 2016
Winterkill is C.J. Box's third book about Joe Pickett, game warden and reluctant detective. In this book, Joe Pickett has to deal with multiple problems. First he finds a murdered U.S. Forest Service official. Then two government employees who arrive to investigate his death prove to be a bit nuts -- or as some would put it, "they don't have all their dogs barking". An anti-government group further complicates things by taking up residence on federal land. And then to top all that off, Joe's fos ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Winterkill is the 3rd book in The Joe Pickett Series by C.J. Box. Joe Pickett is a Game Warden in Wyoming who covers a very large territory. In each book someone is murdered and it usually comes down to him to solve who did it. The local sheriff is a local yokel who looks for the easiest answer there is in solving the crime and that answer is usually wrong. His deputy is a moron who shoots first and asks questions later. Why that man has not been fired I will never know.

I like the character Joe
Jul 01, 2014 Brian rated it it was amazing
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Jun 07, 2016 Steven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give and take

One of the true pleasures that writer enjoys is both the introduction and development of new characters as well as the removal of those you have come to enjoy. Box gets to do both in Winterkill. Without giving away details, Pickett suffers a loss in this story. One you feel right along with him. Box nearly wrote out Joe's wife in his debut novel so it should not be too hard to believe that characters may pass freely from future stories. Some, however, shall be more poignant than oth
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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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