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In Plain Sight (Joe Pickett #6)

4.05 of 5 stars 4.05  ·  rating details  ·  2,411 ratings  ·  143 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 Berkley (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
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.
Shannon
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Bart
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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Michael Sova
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
Carol
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
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.
Brian
Back in Saddlestring and getting in trouble - Joe Pickett. Having trouble with a nasty sociopath and a rancher family. There was a lot more violence in this novel and the characters were nastier, if that was possible from the other books. [spoiler alert] - Joe survives but has to kill the nasty guy and get fired, which was obvious from the start of the book. The author will be moving the character in a new area, hopefully, with more flexibility for the plot. The plot was fairly good but somewhat ...more
Joyce Lagow
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 issue ...more
Barbara
"Having read "Blood Trail" from the local library and having read some starred reviews of C.J. Box, I picked up "In Plain Sight" and loved it. It's a western gothic tale that concerns the matriarch of a Wyoming family, Opal Scarlett, and her three feuding sons. While Joe Pickett's town is torn in half by loyalties to one of the two sons destined to inherit the ranch, Pickett himself (and his family) is targeted by a remorseless killer from his past, presumably from a book I haven't read.

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aBeiLLe
Quand je retrouve dans la même phrase : Wyoming, ranch et policier, je suis immédiatement gagnée ! C’est une suite de mots qui m’attire à tout coup !

Alors là, quelle déception ! C’est le premier roman que je lis dans le cadre du Prix du meilleur polar Points et franchement, je suis extrêmement déçue ! Je m’attendais à beaucoup plus d’un des 10 meilleurs polars de l’année. Dans ce roman, j’ai trouvé que l’auteur y est allé un peu fort. Tous les personnages du roman sont méchants, ils ont tous qu
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Patrick
Oh man! Joe has really gotten himself in trouble now! What was some harmless pranking, has now evolved into pure violence. Opal Scarlett has vanished and murdered in the time frame of her sons fighting for the barn. The last person to be seen with Opal is an outfitter. Joe believes he is innocent but nobody else does. Can Joe find the real killer before the killer finds Joe?
Joe Picket is the main character in these novels. He is a Wyoming Game Warden and he loves his job. Joe has two daughters,
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Lise
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
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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Pattianne
In Plain Sight - Joe Pickett #6 - "J.W. Keeley is a man with a score to settle. He's tracked down the one person he blames for his brother's death: Joe Pickett. And now J.W. is going to make him suffer." "Spring has finally come to Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is relieved that the long, harsh winter is over. However, a cloud of trouble threatens to spoil the milder weather: local ranch owner and matriarch Opal Scarlett has vanished under suspicious circumstances. Two of her ...more
Sherri
#6 in the line of game warden novels about endearing Joe Pickett, the bumbling, honest cowboy who wants to do the right thing, always.

This winds us around Wyoming with a story about vengeance and murder.

Joe is blamed in error by J.W. Kelley for the death of his brother, and he is coming after Joe. Saddlestring, Wyoming might never be the same. Ranch owner and matriarch Opal Scarlett has also vanished, and suspicious circumstances have Joe once again curious and digging deeper with her sons, Hank
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Minty McBunny
I love Joe Pickett, I love his family. I enjoy this series a great deal and the plot of this one was solid.

BUT Box has got to stop putting Pickett's kids in danger. Once or even twice, ok. But constantly? It's beyond the bounds of belief.

Box has exhibited this kind of laziness before to a much more ridiculous degree in the Cody Hoyt series but I still don't like to see it here. Make the effort to develop a new character to be a sympathetic victim instead of recycling the same ones.
George Seaton
Have wanted to read a Joe Pickett novel from C.J. Box for some time. He is, after all, a Wyoming writer and his love of the land and the critters upon it is reason enough to crack the pages (so to speak) of his highly successful Pickett series. I'm not sure if "In Plain Sight" is representative of all the other books in the series, but since it's the only one I've read I'm stuck with my initial conclusions. Box is a good writer who has found his niche in a very competitive market. There's nothin ...more
Gary Brecht
This Joe Pickett novel has plenty of action including an adrenaline-infused run through the standing waves of a flood-swollen river. Author C. J. Box has added a Hitchcockian twist to the age old tale of feuding princes (in this case the grand sons of a legendary pioneer rancher). And, once again we find Joe contending against lunatic bureaucracy and inept law enforcement.
Kathy
The 6th book in the series, which I am really enjoying. Game Warden Joe Pickett is terrorized by ex-convict John Keely, who is convinced that Joe is responsible for the deaths of members of his family. Things also come to a head between Joe and his new boss, Randy Pope. This results in Joe being fired. What new things will happen to him and his family now?
Gail Stewart rumsey
I liked this book and would have given it 4 stars but for some of the characters. Several of the law enforcement men were portrayed as unrealistically dumb, bad, ambitious, obtuse, etc. It was annoying and detracted from the enjoyment of the story which was interesting and suspenseful. Joe Pickett, his family and friend Nate are likeable and believable characters. I plan to read at least one more in the series.
Betty
Warden Joe Pickett is being harassed by a man with a score to settle...and Joe fears for his family......and matriarch Opal Scarlett has disappeared.....leaving questions about which of her two sons will inherit the large ranch.....and Joe's job is threatened.
Susan
This was a good story with enough suspense to keep me turning the pages. The Scarlett family was not likeable so that detracted from my enjoyment somewhat. I had read the earlier books in the series and I think one needs to in order to fully appreciate the plot line.
Marlène
Okay, j'en conviens, on en est au sixième épisode des aventures de Joe Pickett, est c'est un peu moins intense, les deux intrigues sont un peu moins approfondies (bon, l'une est liée au tome deux et je n'aurais pas pris un long rappel des événements avec plaisir, alors ça n'est pas très dérangeant), la nature est moins centrale, des personnages secondaires récurrents ne font que des passages éclairs...
Mais il est loin d'être mauvais ce tome, avec une écriture toujours aussi fluide, Joe poussé à
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Loretta
Another Joe Pickett novel. This time a relative of Ote Keeley, whom had caused a lot of problems for Joe, had come for revenge. Very involved plot with danger to Joe's family! But Joe wins it all!!!! And gets fired! We'll have to see what happens.
Rebecca
I was reviewing my shelves and realized I missed reading this particular book in the series. So I had to remedy that. It did not disappoint, but there are better in the series.

In this book, it picks up where the last one left off. The Pickett's adopted daughter dead and trying to move forward. The brother of the man Joe shot is out for revenge. He starts to terrorize the Picketts and Joe gets caught between two other feuding brothers who just happen to own the largest ranch in the county. Of cou
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Rho
This was the first Joe Pickett book I have read. It took me half the book to realize how honest and truly good he is. A father who wants the best for his kids, a flawed but loving husband and a professional but unconventional law enforcement officer.
Linda Meredith
A family who rotten

A family who rotten

a whole town ruled by a family who thought they were above the law. corruption ruled the whole town until the game warden came.
Jean Ahart
A good read

A good read

just like all the other books in this series. a very good good book. Would definitely recommend this series to everyone.
Catherine Woodman
THis is very light reading, even considering the genre (murder mystery)--as Joel correctly points out, we do like the game warden series in general, and Joe Pickett is one of those, but he is more of an outlaw--he is more likely to shoot someone that to take the higher ground, or at least turn his head when someone else does it. This book is no exception to any of the above generalities. It is a classic dysfunctional family--three brothers who are pitted against each other by the mother, and the ...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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