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Savage Run (Joe Pickett #2)

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  7,805 Ratings  ·  492 Reviews

In Savage Run—C.J. Box's acclaimed follow-up to his career-making debut Open Season—game warden Joe Pickett looks into the bizarre death of an environmental activist...and what he finds is bigger and far more sinister than anything he imagined.

Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Published May 6th 2003 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (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
May 03, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
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
Cathrine ☯️
Jan 08, 2016 Cathrine ☯️ rated it liked it
3.5★ for book 2 in what has become my favorite Man Lit series. #nohasslereading
Savage Run perhaps is not as good as the first book. It is still a very satisfying thriller in the Joe Pickett series.

Joe Pickett is a Wyoming game ward charged with overseeing the Big Horn Mountains in the northern part of the state. Mary Beth, Joe's wife, is a beautiful woman. As their 10 year daughter, Sheridan, observes of her mother: "Mom, you're a hottie." Mary Beth, went to college to become a lawyer. But she fell in love with Joe and they live the austere life on game warden's wages. Thi
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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
I enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first time and will probably read it again!
Apr 04, 2017 JoAnn rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

This book was a little more intriguing to me than the first. A lot less getting to know the characters and more detail to the surroundings and feelings, still just as stressful though.... lol

There is only one thing that has bothered me a little bit so far. I am not to sure (I haven't looked into it) but guessing from the writing I would say the first book on this series was the first book actually written by this author. I assume this because I feel he doesn't seem to trust the reader
Anthony Bellaleigh
Oct 03, 2011 Anthony Bellaleigh rated it really liked it
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
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
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.
Aug 13, 2010 Michael rated it liked it
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.�
Meredith and Win Blevins
GREAT storytelling

Terrific characters and a great story. Occasional lapses understanding horse s, the West, etc. Lousy editing. A GOOD thriller. Want more
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
A very smooth and easy read, in which the author just about perfectly skewers environmental extremists on both ends of tne spectrum.
Apr 08, 2017 Michael rated it really liked it
I'm reading current novels of Box and I'm also starting at the front and catching up so that one day I'll be up to date with the series, and it's well worth the effort.

This story has a strange, strange beginning with no less of a strange ending, but then it's a Joe Pickett novel with a full cast of familiar characters. This is vintage CJ Box and vintage box is a fine wine indeed.
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,
Susan Grace
Feb 10, 2017 Susan Grace rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 13, 2015 Clyde rated it really liked it
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
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, after a performance at the London Palladium. Don't you check your facts before you print cruel urban legend?

My apologies to Owen Vanessa Elliot, Cass Elliot's daughter for all the hateful people that like to pass along such rumors.
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
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.
Robert Bell
Dec 10, 2009 Robert Bell rated it really liked it
I am just getting into CJ Box - this one was a quick read - couldn't put it down. His descriptions of the area really intrigued me. Made me want to revisit Wyoming. Other than the northwest corner (Yellowstone and Grand Tetons) I have a totally different impression of Wyoming...
Carolyn Taylor
Sep 25, 2016 Carolyn Taylor rated it it was amazing
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!
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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.” 22 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.” 4 likes
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