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Trophy Hunt (Joe Pickett #4)

4.03  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,053 Ratings  ·  273 Reviews
Shaken by the brutal killing of a wild moose, game warden Joe Pickett becomes increasingly alarmed when a herd of cattle, and then two people, are murdered by the same perpetrator.
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published June 17th 2004 by Putnam Adult (first published January 1st 2004)
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Anthony
Sep 05, 2009 Anthony rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
I like CJ Box. Savage Run and Winterkill were both good pot boilers that showed him becoming a better writer in this genre. Trophy Hunt I felt was a step back. There was a weirdness to the story that just didn't fit. It was like taking part of a slasher film and transplanting it to a Joe Pickett book. Or maybe an X-Files to a Joe Pickett book. It just didn't quite work. Also the whole metaphysical stuff with Nate didn't make a whole lot of sense and found myself skipping those paragraphs. CJ wen ...more
Rex Fuller
There were things about this book I enjoyed, especially the clever use of cattle mutilations without taking sides. However, for reasons that escape me Box had Joe Pickett thinking about and dealing with events driven by paranormal or mystical phenomena. The Joe Pickett I know and the world he operates in is as real as a rifle shot. So, the overall experience was like returning to the old neighborhood and finding it invaded by fast food joints.
Pat
Jul 08, 2013 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gee, every time I finish a Joe Pickett mystery, I just wanna keep living with him and his family!
As always, Box creates a full, multifaceted portrait of The Man, his wife and daughters. Marybeth is the kind of wife any man would dream of: funny, smart, capable, uncomplaining, ever loyal--and ready to hop in the sack. Sheridan continues to fascinate for the way her adult-like complexity is captured.
This go-round's crimes are highly gory and hard to comprehend. A slew of red herrings is tossed to
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Wesley
Sep 05, 2011 Wesley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This almost got 3 but the last few chapters didn't quit and gave it the push to 4. This is a good story in the events of joe Pickett, reminds me of a wilderness criminal minds episode. Not as good as 3 but I think it might set up some diversity for the book "Out Of Range", hope so, still it WAS worth my time and I enjoyed this.
Michelle
Aug 26, 2015 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Leave it to me to love the one book that everyone seems to like the least in this series. I did this before with James Patterson's Zoo. Everyone hated it and I'm over here like, "Wow this is one of the best books ever."

Your all probably wondering what the hell is wrong with me. Well it is quite an extensive list of what's wrong with me, but I will save that for a different time. I think what I liked best about this particular book was the "WOO-WOO Factor". I love anything that borders upon an ex
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Dorothy
So, I finally got around to reading the fourth entry in C. J. Box's Joe Pickett series. I had found the first three books fairly enjoyable reading, but I have to say this one was a bit of a disappointment.

The events here take place several months after those described in the third book where the Pickett family suffered a great tragedy when their foster daughter was killed. In this book, Joe and his two daughters seem to have moved on, but the wife, Marybeth, still mourns the little girl.

The fami
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Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
4th in the Joe Pickett series.[return][return]Joe discovers the disfigured corpse of a moose while on a fishing trip with his daughters. There are odd overtones to the discovery, but all Joe knows for sure is that someone or something has mutilated the corpse. A grizzly is known to be in the area, and while at first glance, this may seem to be the work of a bear, there is something about the kill that doesn t sit right with Joe; the corpse has been mutilated but not fed on.[return][return]Then a ...more
Clyde
Apr 14, 2016 Clyde rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, 2016
Three point five stars. C.J. Box tried to get a little spooky in this book. He didn't quite pull it off -- at least not for me. Not the best of the Joe Pickett novels, but still an interesting read.
Shannon
Jan 31, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow - this is my favorite Joe Pickett so far. Joe has to deal with the jerk Sheriff Barnum, self-centered FBI agent Portensen, some suspicious returnees to Saddlestring, aliens, a wandering grizzly, a deeply disturbed sexually wild 'abductee', weird pressure phenomenon and a whack-a-do "scientist". Yes, it mostly all comes together and quite surprisingly. I don't believe some of the animal mutilations were ever quite resolved but the gist of the human murders were definitely solved and in quite ...more
Dale
Apr 21, 2016 Dale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is not the best in the series, but it has its moments.

First published in 2004

I am a serious fan of C.J. Box, having been introduced to him by a person who left a suggestion on one on my reviews on Amazon.com. Since then I have read most of his books in the order that I have found them - which is no order at all. So, this is probably my 15th or 16th book by C.J. Box but it is only now that I am getting around to #4 in the Joe Pickett series.

This is a weird one.

If you like to watch "news of t
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Jon Borah

It's an idyllic late-summer day in Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is fly-fishing with his two daughters when he stumbles upon the mutilated body of a moose. Whatever - or whoever - attacked the animal was ruthless: half the animal's face has been sliced away, the skin peeled back from the flesh. Shaken by the sight, Joe starts to investigate what he hopes in an isolated incident." "Days later, after the discovery of a small herd of mutilated cattle, Joe realizes this somethin

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John
Apr 22, 2012 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
C J Box will not be confused with great literature but he is a pretty good read. I suspect most will enjoy the flavor of the mountain west and Box gives the reader a nice picture. The plot mostly holds together except the infuriating "woo woo" of the unresolved portions. Box's main character, Joe Picket, says he hates woo-woo, as do I and all intelligent folk, nevertheless Box leaves the air full of woo-woo as he resolves the story of Trophy Hunt. He should be ashamed.
Lissa Notreallywolf
Jun 11, 2015 Lissa Notreallywolf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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Simon McDonald
When Joe Pickett and his daughters stumble upon the mutilated carcass of a moose during a fishing trip, the game warden doesn’t realise this is merely the start of a systematic, coordinated attack on the residents of Saddlestring, Wyoming — the question is, by who? Because these cuts are too meticulous — too precise — to have been done by an animal, not even the grizzly on the loose and stalking the surrounding area. Which leaves only some sick, twisted individual, or individuals. Or something o ...more
Gail
Aug 07, 2015 Gail rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Someone is mutilating and killing animals in game-warden Joe Pickett's Wyoming territory. Then two men are also found dead and cut upon. Although I love this series and its characters, the plot of this one was just too bizarre and unbelievable for me. Plus there was a supernatural element that neither Joe Pickett or I appreciated.
Pattianne
Jan 16, 2014 Pattianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trophy Hunt - Joe Pickett #4 - 4th in the Joe Pickett series. Joe discovers the disfigured corpse of a moose while on a fishing trip with his daughters. There are odd overtones to the discovery, but all Joe knows for sure is that someone or something has mutilated the corpse. A grizzly is known to be in the area, and while at first glance, this may seem to be the work of a bear, there is something about the kill that doesn't sit right with Joe; the corpse has been mutilated but not fed on. Then ...more
Jayme
Sep 08, 2014 Jayme rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Suspense/Mystery literature is not generally one of my favorite genres however there is something about Joe Picket that draws you in and keeps you wanting to read on in the next book. C.J. Box's Joe Picket series is a fast paced read that keeps you engaged and guessing.
Linda
Joe Pickett, a game warden in Wyoming, discovers a dead, mutilated moose when out fishing with his daughters. Then there are some dead mutilated cows and two people.

What is happening in his jurisdiction? Joe wants to know and so do the people who live in the area. Property values have gone down and people don't feel safe. Joe is determined to find out the answers while battling with Sheriff Barnum who despises him, though the feeling is mutual.

Fairly fast paced story with a surprise. Sometimes y
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Alan Mills
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Fred Charles
The first three in the Joe Pickett series were a matter of getting to understand the man, the community, the way of life in the town of Saddle String, and naturally the author.
This offering, the fourth, was a disappointment. The writing was a follow on from earlier editions, but the story broke from the established setting. The simple and sometimes backward ways of the
hero and the town in which he lives were suddenly lost with a story that was literally of the planet.
This edition I read after r
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I liked this author. I thought I was getting the first book in the Joe Pickett series. Of course I didn't. I was still able to follow and really enjoyed the story.
Ray
Nov 05, 2015 Ray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've read the books in order and this was C. J. Box's forth Joe Pickett novel. This one was the best so far. Box brings back previous encounters and problems from prior books but doesn't overdo it. His research has greatly improved since the first book, Winterkill. I love his setting, Twelve Sleep County, Wyoming. This is a county of about 250 people and Box had made a career out of it's location. The Character, Joe Pickett, is portrayed as an anti-hero, and Box uses it to the fullest. Box picks ...more
Claudette
Glad I didn't start with this one because the others have been good. As Joe Pickett said, I hate the woo-woo stuff.
Bette
Apr 15, 2014 Bette rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I spent a week reading the Joe Pickett stories 1-4, and honestly enjoying them. I read the latest one first, and was interested enough to go back and start with book #1. I don't think he was equipped enough to handle the subject of mutilations, along with telling about his burdensome relationships - like with the sheriff and his cronies, as well as his other relationships.
Also, I may have totally missed it, but it seemed that his dog, Maxine, just appeared out of the blue, instead of being intro
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Lynette
Feb 11, 2016 Lynette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot – but there were several loose ends that are still bugging me, not to mention the author’s attempt at widening the perspective of pragmatic thinkers like me who want a logical explanation for everything – the subject matter was a little “icky” but I’ll get over that. Despite Joe Pickett’s position that he “hates all this woo-woo crap”, it doesn’t stop Box from leaving the paranormal aspect just hanging out there. But I just have to keep reminding myself that this is a ser ...more
Marek
Mar 05, 2014 Marek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Box creates a thrilling story surrounding the Wyoming wilderness of Joe Pickett, game warden. He is always able to showcase an issue prevalent for that area of the world and not take sides, allowing the reader to choose for himself/herself where they stand on the issue. But this isn't just an environmental issue; Pickett finds himself in the center of a sinister plot between unlikely candidates.

I came upon the Joe Pickett series by happenstance on the recommendation of a friend, and
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Matthew Beck
A little slower to start than the previous books, at least for me, but gets rolling soon enough. A more unwieldy plot, as well. Nate Romonowski is exploring some kind of alternate reality, which is fun, and I expect that thread will continue as the series goes on. Also explores Marybeth's attractiveness to other men (and her attraction to Nate) more than I remember. Writing about these more nuanced domestic issues will be a challenge for Box, whose idyllic picture of the Picketts' marriage is ra ...more
Kevin
Mar 22, 2015 Kevin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW a top notch ride all the way to the last page, was a busy week and that's all I could think about was getting back to this barn burner of a book!! OK I am hooked on C.J. Box now and was already warmed up to his main character's Joe Pickett, his family, and the locals after the first in the series (this being the 4th in the Joe Pickett series). He has given us great depth to his characters and I am enjoying his riveting stories involving them and other great characters of Saddlestring, WY. Th ...more
Jan
Jan 25, 2016 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had a hiatus from C.J. Box and Joe Pickett for a few years. After reading the totally wrenching Winterkill, I had to have a break. Unfortunately, this one is not up to those early books, BUT Joe and his family are involved in another multifaceted storyline involving each family member. There are the usual woo-woo aspects that mostly turn out to have prosaic explanations (cattle, wildlife and human mutilations and energy explorations/speculations). But which ones don't have reasonable explan ...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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