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In Plain Sight (Joe Pickett #6)

4.11  ·  Rating Details ·  4,668 Ratings  ·  257 Reviews
When wealthy matriarch Opal Scarlett vanishes, Joe Pickett is sure one of her greedy sons did her in. But when Joe becomes the victim of violent pranks, he wonders if what's happening has less to do with Opal's disappearance than with the darkest chapter of his own past.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published 2006)
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Jim
I'd heard a lot of good things about Box & thought I'd try one of his novels, but I couldn't finish it. I tried. I've been trying for over a month. The narrator could put a rat on crack to sleep & the story itself just isn't all that good. Possibly if I'd started from the first book in the series I would have had some investment in the hero, but I didn't have much. I liked him OK & felt for him to a certain point, but that was about it. All the rest of the characters were caricatures ...more
Rex Fuller
May 15, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the best paced of the Box books I've read. It sped along. Thoroughly enjoyable. Outstanding. Really want to read the next in the series.
LJ
IN PLAIN SIGHT (Licensed Investigator-Wyoming-Cont) – Ex
Box, C.J. – 6th in series
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2006- Hardcover
***Wyoming Game warden Joe Picket reports to a man with whom he does not get along in a town whose sheriff likes having the persona of a “Western Lawman” without having to bother with enforcing the law. The power in the town is the Scarlett family and matriarch Opal Scarlett is missing leaving the two of the sons literally fighting over ownership of the ranch and the town members f
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Linda
Apr 15, 2015 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Pickett is being stalked by someone from his past. The stalker has deadly intent. Meanwhile Joe's boss fights him at every turn and so does the sheriff. Joe stands alone against some pretty big odds while he watches two brothers fight over a very valuable ranch....to the death, it seems. One is a well liked politician the other a misfit poacher. And, Joe stands to lose his job because he walks into the fray.

Great edge of your seat story! I love Joe Pickett and his family, they are down to ea
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wally
Jun 27, 2016 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: box
27 jun 16, another from box for me. i think this is #5. i've enjoyed the other stories i've read and i've no reason to doubt this story won't be just as good as the others. onward and upward.
28 jun 16, finished, great story! a touch of the macabre. with this one, don't know what it numbers, but it would probably be best to read the previous numbered stories prior to this one. good read. onward and upward.
Jill Manske
Feb 23, 2017 Jill Manske rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With "In Plain Sight", there's certainly a lot of action packed into a very small package. Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is dealing with a micro-managing boss who's trying to find a reason to fire him and who has clipped his wings in terms of how he can do his job. At the same time, there's a family feud erupting on the largest and most historic ranch in Twelve Sleep County, with brother battling brother for control of the ranch and a missing matriarch. Finally, there's a sociopathic killer wi ...more
Kathy
Dec 27, 2016 Kathy rated it really liked it
3.5
Bart Simms
Not as good a some others in the series. This is #6 in the series, and it would help to have read Winterkill, #2, first to understand the context in which Joe and the villain are operating.

Joe is multifaceted character, so you cannot always predict what he will do in a given situation. However, the plot is rather weak, having to do with the Scarlett Family, who come as close to Wyoming aristocracy as exists. Their heritage and burden is the operation of a great ranch, on which the matriarch Opa
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Dale
Jun 04, 2015 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in 2006

I have been reading C.J. Box's series about Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett for the last five years now after having someone recommend him to me on Amazon. The problem is, I have made absolutely no effort to read them in order - I just read them as I find them. So, I have read #1 and #9-13 plus several of Box's standalone novels. In Plain Sigh is the first one that I felt a little lost in it as I jumped in but I got things figured out after 50 or 60 pages and still enjoy
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Lise
Sep 05, 2013 Lise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In Plain Sight is an exemplary thriller in great part due to Box' wonderful ability to craft hellacious adversaries. In this novel not just 1, not just 2 or 3 - but 4 potential adversaries. And that's just one family! The Scarlett siblings don't get along. And when you read this novel you'll see that's a major understatement. Coupled with a penny-pinching boss from hell, and with an even darker and more desperate criminal setting his sights on Joe - and his family - he's a desperate man himself. ...more
Shannon
Feb 06, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Susanne
Aug 01, 2016 Susanne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime-drama
#6 in the series about Joe Pickett, Wyoming game warden. The peculiar Scarlett family implodes at the same time that John Wayne Keeley arrives to wreak vengeance on Joe Picket for a past grievance, and once again it is the government officials who get in the way. I've always liked this series for Joe's insights about what it takes to be a good human being. Well done.
Carol
Jun 24, 2012 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 and a half stars for C.J. Box. A great story teller. This book was riveting. We have Game Warden Joe Pickett in the middle of a modern day range war...It doesn't get better than this..and then there is Wyoming...
Heather
Mar 29, 2011 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite of the Joe Pickett, Wyoming game ranger who solves mysteries, series. Some of Box's books get a little to preachy for my comfort level but I really enjoyed this one.
Maynard
Dec 27, 2015 Maynard rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, action
C.J. Box is a Master at building tension. "In Plain Sight" is so well done, that the deeper I got into the story, the faster I was compelled to read the next page. Great read!
J
Oct 08, 2016 J rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jeffrey
I liked In Plain Sight: not great literature but good, easy escape. The protagonist is a game warden in Wyoming. The use of profanity to distinguish the good from the bad characters was interesting. A Joe Picket Novel...I will read more in the series.
Deborah Gaspar
Feb 01, 2017 Deborah Gaspar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love the setting of this book-Wyoming and the main character Joe Pickett. This is interesting story in how it involves the characters and ranch life. I think it is true to life in that sense. Kept my interest from start to finish.
Helen Drake
Mar 19, 2017 Helen Drake rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another page-turner in the Joe Pickett series. Unfinished business from a previous book in the series presents Joe with a loco, bad-to-the-bone adversary bent on revenge. Author CJ Box definitely has a talent for creating unforgetable evil characters.
Rinku
Mar 02, 2017 Rinku rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I as usual had zero clue who the bad guy was but finding out was a fun ride. I am definetly reading the next book in this series.
Merry
Mar 12, 2017 Merry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I had read more recent Joe Pickett books, this explained a bit about the past. Very interesting and quite a twist at the end.
Tyler Harran
Jan 19, 2017 Tyler Harran rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C.J. Box yet again weaves a riveting tale of murder, mystery and intrigue. This one is just as good, but probably not better, than the previous books in the Joe Pickett series.
Sharon Peterson
Dec 29, 2016 Sharon Peterson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book - it was rather creepy at the end, though.
bert-bobbi
Feb 04, 2017 bert-bobbi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-book
Interesting ending!
Lissa Notreallywolf
Jun 07, 2015 Lissa Notreallywolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Mark Easter
Jul 06, 2013 Mark Easter rated it really liked it

When wealthy matriarch Opal Scarlett vanishes, Joe Pickett is sure one of her greedy sons did her in. But when Joe becomes the victim of violent pranks, he wonders if what's happening has less to do with Opal's disappearance than with the darkest chapter of his own past.

From Publishers Weekly

Wyoming Game and Fish warden Joe Pickett—honest, upright and hardworking—tends to attract the meanest villains this side of a spaghetti western, as shown in his sprightly sixth outing in which he and his

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David Highton
A weaker storyline than the earlier Pickett books, but still a decent airport read
Michael Sova
Jan 08, 2014 Michael Sova rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In Plain Sight is the sixth C.J. Box novel in his series featuring Wyoming Game and Fish warden Joe Pickett. I first encountered Box a couple years ago when he was recommended to me. I found a copy of Cold Wind (eleventh book in the series) at a book sale and enjoyed is so much I decided I wanted to read them all. Unlike some more traditional literary heroes, Joe Pickett is, in most respects, just a guy. He's a hothead, a bit of a bungler and a notoriously bad shot. Despite working hard and alw ...more
Dale
Oct 28, 2015 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Joe Pickett rises to the occasion. The major things: Opal Scarlett has disappeared and her sons are raising hell; like a thunder cloud on the horizon, the Keely clan reappears in the form of J.W., and he is throwing more bolts of lightening at Joe Pickett than Zeus himself could; Randy Pope, his new boss, has it in for him and hamstrings him every step of the way. If that's not enough, there are the more subtle pressures: What exactly (if anything at all) happened between Joe's wife ...more
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
6th in the Joe Pickett series[return][return]Unfortunately, this installment does not make it to the standard that Box has set with his previous novels in the series. Box s plotting is always workmanlike not outstanding but good. However, he generates much of the tension in his novels by putting Joe s family in danger; he does it again with this book, and it s a tired-out device.[return][return]There are two things that lift this series above the average: Box s exploration of New West issues, su ...more
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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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