Savage Run (Joe Pickett #2)
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 ...more
Marybeth, Joe's wife, begins receiving phone calls from an old high school ...more
How can you not continue reading a book with THAT opening graf? This is the second in quite a long series which should evidently be read in order, since this books basically reveals the mysteries of book #1. It's also pretty darn predictable. Nevertheless, I'll get more in the series. ...more
What really drew me into the story, though, was the beginning. The opening line is perfection, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
This one pits radical environmental saboteurs and a newly-revived group of ranchers and wealthy landowners against each other, with the methodical but values-driven Joe Pickett and his family caught in the middle. The wealthy ranchers, tired of losing most of their battles to encroach on wilderness through ranching and development, have hired a "cattle detective" to hunt down infamous environmental activists. The cattle detective is right out of ...more
Needless to say, the reader is compelled to keep reading to find out what the heck is going on. It's certainly an unusual mur ...more
Yes. I found the plot interesting and the characters well-developed. Yes, it isn't a traditional mystery as we already know who the bad guys are, but Mr Box develops the setting so well that it becomes another character. I live in the mountains of Colorado and life is quite similar to life in WY. Hunting, fishing, ams... I think Mr Box does a great job of illustrating the type of lives that are lived in the rural West.
Some reviewers said ...more
Intended to get the first book in the series when I grabbed it at the library, but I must have missed one... will have to go back and get the actual first book.
Opening a bit rough - quote about "defending" earth, a naked woman. But this soon faded into familiar territory - Joe is married to Marybeth. They have their 3 daughters - Sheridan (10), Lucy - foster child (8) and April (4). Joe has been a warden for two years. It was nice to see the characters so young. Joe is frequently awkwa ...more
What I loathed was the repulsive detailed descriptions of the murders. I whipped through those pages. I wish this focus on the cruel depravity of a small percentage of human beings was not so popular today. I don't see how this is entertainment. I love mysteries, but I'm the Perry Mason-type of mystery fan. "Oh, Dear, someone is murdered." Then the ...more
Joe Pickett series - Wyoming Game Warden Joe Picket is still fallible, his strong sense of duty, honor and justice again naively running afoul of the greedy villains bent on misusing the exquisite, vividly described landscape. A pair of well-drawn, unconventional hit men, one a conscienceless killer, are murdering environmentalists. First, a powerful explosion blows up "infamous environmental activist" Stewie Woods and his new wife while they're sabotaging logging in ...more
No way forward? No way back? Your time is up when you reach SAVAGE RUN Game warden Joe Pickett is called to a bizarre crime scene deep within the forests of Twelve Sleep County, Wyoming. Famous eco-activist Stewie Woods has been blown up in an explosion, along with his new bride and ten head of cattle. The case is wrapped up too quickly: an environmental publicity stunt gone wrong. But what is the millionaire rancher who owned the cattle hiding? And why is Joe's wife receiving mysterious phone c...more