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In Plain Sight (Joe Pickett #6)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  2,903 ratings  ·  169 reviews
"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 ranc ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 30th 2006 by Robert Hale Ltd (first published 2006)
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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.
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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
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
Jon Borah

Spring has finally come to Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is relieved the long, harsh winter is over. However, a dark cloud threatens to spoil the milder weather. Local ranch owner and matriarch Opal Scarlett has vanished under suspicious circumstances. Two of her sons, Hank and Arlen, are battling for control of their mother's multi-million-dollar empire, and their bitter fight threatens to tear the whole town apart. Everyone is so caught up in the brothers' battle that they

This is the sixth book in the Joe Pickett series and it was definitely up to par with the preceding 5 books. This is one of my favorite series taking place in Wyoming with Joe Pickett, a State Fish and Game warden as the protagonist. In this one, a very bad member of the Keeley family is out to get his revenge on Joe for what he perceived as Joe's implication in the death of his brother and daughter. These events took place in the previous novels Open Range and Winterkill, both excellent reads. ...more
Lissa Notreallywolf
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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
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...
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.
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 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
This was okay. But the series is really starting to show its age. It's not as if Box hasn't used super evil villains before, but there was something about the 3 brothers that fell flat for me. (The bit about the (view spoiler) at the end had me rolling my eyes and laughing but not in a good way.)

I don't like the tension with Nate and Marybeth that was introduced in #5 and got some play here as well. The town, the characters, they just feel a little played out.

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 issues, su ...more
"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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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
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,
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
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
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
#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
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
Emily Higgins
Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett has a new boss who is determined to get rid of Joe. In addition, the matriarch of a prominent local ranching family has disappeared, leaving her son's fighting over who inherits the ranch. There is also a man stalking Joe, seeking revenge because he thinks Joe is responsible for the deaths of his family. You don't want to put this book down.
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.
I've liked most of the other Joe Pickett books I've read more than this one. It seems contrived in a couple of places, and there seems to be less description of the natural setting than in others. I did enjoy Joe Pickett's interactions with his teen daughter and his wife. They seem true to life. And this book moves along like the other C. J. Box books I've read.
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?
Tara Choate
Sometimes I think it should be illegal for authors to leave us on such a cliffhanger. Yes, the main characters were physically safe, but otherwise? There was a wait for the kindle version of the next book from the library, so I went down and actually picked up the next book in hard copy. It was that compelling!

That rant out, I love that all the characters are so multi-dimensional, but I was disappointed in Joe's final decision. It felt a little like a cop-out.

Like the new "governor" character,
Joe Pickett encounters an enemy from a previous conviction. The man is an unconscionable murderer. Joe has to deal with county politics and Marybeth's new business. One of her contracts is with 1/2 of Timberlake Ranch. Too bad the two brothers and their mother can't get along with themselves of the rest of the county.
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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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