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Winterkill (Joe Pickett #3)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  6,548 Ratings  ·  407 Reviews
Joe Pickett's pursuit of a killer through the rugged mountains of Wyoming takes a horrifying turn when his beloved foster daughter is kidnapped. Now it's personal.
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2003)
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Eddie It is mentioned that Joe and Marybeth Pickett paid for the funerals and gravesite of both April and her birth mother Jeannie Keeley.
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Sep 30, 2008 Kari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I decided to go meet the author at a Thursday evening event at the Highlands Ranch Library in Douglas County, so I checked out Winterkill on Monday. I only had time to read about half of it before his presentation, but I was hooked. And when I met CJ Box, it was like he just stepped out of his own book - I could tell that he writes his characters and his plots out of what he knows and loves. Box lives in Cheyenne, and his mysteries are set in Wyoming.

Main character Joe Pickett is a game warden
Oct 19, 2012 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Joe Pickett series by Box is becoming one of my favorites along with the Longmire series by Craig Johnson. Both series take place in Wyoming and involve local ranchers, cowboys, hunters, etc. Joe Pickett is the local game warden and gets in the middle of some perplexing situations. In Winterkill, he stumbles upon a U.S. Forest Service supervisor who is wantonly killing a herd of Elk. The FS officer winds up dead and pinned to a tree by some high-powered arrows. In trying to solve the murder, ...more
Joyce Lagow
Apr 20, 2010 Joyce Lagow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
3rd in the Joe Pickett series.[return][return]Joe Pickett, game warden in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains, runs across what is a massacre of elk just as a storm is about to hit. The killer is Lamar Gardniner, a district supervisor for the National Forest,and a friend of Joe s. In the process of taking Gardiner in, Lamar manages to get the best of Joe, handcuff him to the steering wheel of his truck, and escape. Our antihero Joe removes the wheel from the steering column and tracks Gardiner down to f ...more
Genine Franklin-Clark
Our Hero, the Game Warden, has as his enemies: (1) A crazy (literally) Fed woman who has a
hand-held cocker spaniel, (2) an FBI man, as crazy as the woman, and (3) the local sheriff, who has a bone to pick with Our Hero. These three plan to take down the killers of government employees
(although they're the killers only in the minds of the Evil Three.) The woman had a Yorkie which she got to keep her cocker spaniel company, but then decided she didn't like the Yorkie, and refused to let it into a
C.J. Box – 3rd in series
Joe Pickett is caught in the middle between two sets of bad guys, one of whom works for the government, with the murder of a much-hated bureaucrat. A couple of bloodthirsty FBI agents are determined to use the incident as an excuse to attack a group of survivalists, a la Waco, Matters turn personal when Joe's foster daughter is kidnapped by her troubled mother, now living in the survivalist camp.

This series gets better with each book. The character takes o
Rex Fuller
May 30, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You might tend to think the villainess (Strickland) is over-the-top, until you actually think about it. She embodies what we see every day: narcissism, arrogance, deceit, and...well, anyone can fill in the rest. Nate Romanowski is about the best side-kick anyone could hope for. And Joe Pickett reminds us we can't get along very well at all without people like him.
Jul 05, 2016 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: box
5 jul 16, another from box for me...must be about #6 or 7, another joe pickett story, #3 but haven't been reading them in order. i think one i ready already numbered higher than #3 had some of the dreaded spoilers. so.
onward and upward.
7 jul 16, finished, great story! i really liked it.
Nov 11, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-challange
I have found a new favorite author!
Anthony Bellaleigh
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Lisa B.
Feb 11, 2017 Lisa B. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-read
Quite the page turner!
Sep 23, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-wyoming
So we meet the mysterious and formidable Nate Romanowski, falconer and former special ops soldier, in this book-- the third installment in the series. Joe has another embarrassing moment when an arrested poacher cuffs him to his steering wheel and escapes in a blizzard only to be mysteriously murdered. Nate is immediately arrested and asks Joe to clear him. Joe has never met Nate but believes in his innocence. OBTW the mother of April, now living with Joe and his daughters since she abandoned he ...more
Tom Tischler
May 11, 2013 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A forest service supervisor is murdered right after he goes
on a shooting spree and slaughters a herd of elk. Warden Joe
Pickett is in the area and hears all of the shooting. He finds
the supervisor impaled to a tree with an arrow. A mysterious
stranger who trains falcons and carries an unusual weapon is
arrested for the slaying. Next a special investigative team
headed by a vindictive woman bent on a confrontation with a
group of government survivalists camped out on government land
arrives in town.
#3 in the Joe Pickett series.

Joe Pickett series - During a horrendous blizzard, he finds the body of Lamar Gardiner, "the District Supervisor for the Twelve Sleep National Forest," pinned by arrows to a tree, near seven illegally shot elk. Sheriff "Bud" Barnum suspects a band of misfits, the Sovereign Citizens, which is camping in the forest, among them Jeannie Keeley, the birth mother of the Picketts' foster daughter, April. Pickett suspects locals killed the combative Gardiner. Soon, the littl
Oct 30, 2008 Kelley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kelley by: Mom
Shelves: mystery-suspense
Really good, my least favorite of the series, but I still liked it a lot
C.J. Box is a good story-teller. He keeps it simple - good guys vs. bad guys. The only reliably good guy in his stories is Game Warden Joe Pickett. Most everyone else is venal and indifferent to the lives of others.

The worst of the bad guys are always federal employees, usually those who work for the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and occasionally, as in this book, the F.B.I. Those who believe that individual rights are paramount and must never be infringed upon by a government
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A national forest service bureaucrat is brutally murdered just as a caravan of anti-government “sovereigns” arrive to set up camp in the Battle Mountain campground. This would not be Game Warden Joe Pickett’s concern except that the man who was killed was in his custody at the time, and the Sovereigns are sheltering the mother of Joe’s foster child, Lucy.

Book # 3 in the Joe Pickett series has two distinct plot lines – maybe three. Who is targeting the federal officers? How far with the clearly
I haven't read a book I couldn't put down in a long time. This was really good..The only thing keeping it from a 5 was the ending. I thought it was slightly far fetched.
The setting was appropriate. Cold, winter in Wyoming around Christmas time. Joe Picket is the game warden who lives in a small town with his wife and daughters. Some Feds are in town because of a group of militants living in a campsite that may have a questionable past. Interestingly enough, the FEDS seem to have an interesting p
May 09, 2009 Sherri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett stumbles into a third novel by C.J. Box in his town of Saddlestring, Wyoming.

A forest service supervisor is murdered right behind a crazy shooting spree that slaughtered a herd of elk. To solve this crime, and against Joe's wishes, a special investigative tem is sent and the head honcho is a calculating woman without a heart, devious, misleading, cold as ice. She is ready to create a war that need not be, with a group of survivalists who chose to camp out on fede
This is a perfect book for a hot summer day. The descriptions of snow, ice, and wintry winds blowing during a Wyoming blizzard, while on the trail of a cold-blooded killer--or killers--will surely cool any reader down. Similar in style to Nevada Barr's series of books about Park Service employees solving crimes, Wyoming rancher-turned-writer C.J. Box has created Game Warden Joe Pickett as his protagonist. In this outing, Pickett has repeated run-ins with government bureaucrats after he becomes i ...more
Jan 08, 2017 Jeri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Craig Johnson with the Longmire series but his last two books seemed to have lost their way. I really felt disappointed in the lack of plot in his last books. As I was looking on Amazon for something new to read I kept seeing C. J. Box and the Joe Picket series. Last December I read the first two and I liked them very much. The main character in the book Joe Picket is a Wyoming Game Warden, married, two kids and one foster child. He is a good person, with a good heart, little pay. He i ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Jul 13, 2013 Fredrick Danysh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett and his wife Marybeth are trying to adopt their foster daughter April when her mother shows up to claim her. When a Forest Department supervisor is murdered after slaughtering several elk, former special forces operator Nate Romanowski is accused of the crime and asks for Joe's help to prove his innocence. A hot shot Forest Service supervisor with an agenda gets into the case as do anti-government refuges who take over a campground. Thuus the stage is set for more ...more
Jun 23, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My first C.J. Box mystery and I loved it! Joe Pickett's family is finaly settling down after their prior crisis when Joe picks up a fellow Federal employee killing elk right and left. He is also drunk - very. While taking him back to town, Joe pulls over to check something, the guy bolts and Joe finds him with two arrows pinning him to a tree,

Which is only the beginning. A truly evil Forest Service manager, her "co-workers" and Joe's foster daughter make this book a one-night read.
Aug 09, 2009 Anthony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction
C.J. is really growing as a writer. His first book I could not finish because it was too predictable. But I knew he had something with his protagonist and the setting so I hung in there and read the second book. A lot better. And now his third book was very well done and brought in an interesting ally. I am looking forward to the fourth book.
Ivobert Vittenko
Dec 01, 2012 Ivobert Vittenko rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: schrott
(Abgebrochen nach einen guten Viertel.)

Daniel Woodrell für Arme, sehr, sehr Arme. Der Plot vielleicht ganz passabel, Figuren aus dem Klischeehandbuch mit der Tiefe einer Postkarte, stilistisch bestenfalls auf dem Niveau eines Schulaufsatzes der 8. Klasse.
Andy Plonka
Jan 06, 2015 Andy Plonka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: src
Since I have not been reading this series in order it comes as a shock to see Sheridan as a elementary school student and Joe dealing with his young family. This one introduces Nate Romanoski who figures prominently in a later book. The stuff about falconry was quite interesting.
Jun 08, 2015 Knewmyer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-library, 2015
This one just about broke my heart, but I liked it just the same.
Merrilee Buroker
Dec 21, 2016 Merrilee Buroker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely need more Joe Picket.
Russell Atkinson
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett finds the local U.S. Forest Service manager drunk and shooting elk like crazy. Joe arrests him, but the man escapes and by the time Joe catches up with him, he's been murdered. Joe has to solve the crime since the local sheriff is an incompetent lout and arrests the wrong man. His deputy is even worse. Meanwhile Joe's adopted daughter is imperiled by the return of her natural mother. As with his first two Pickett novels, Box portrays the stark majesty of Wyoming w ...more
May 20, 2017 JoAnn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ugh... CJ Box really knows how to tell a story and break your heart all at the same time...

The book was pretty much about loving and honest Joe Pickett having to go lone wolf against his own local county sheriffs department (as usual) and other federal agencies to try and stop another Waco/Ruby Ridge situation. Of course the odds are stacked against him. Joe not only thinks about going against all he believes in but he and his family also suffer more heartbreak...

While the back drop is a beaut
May 11, 2017 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
PROTAGONIST: Game warden Joe Pickett
SETTING: Wyoming
WHY: Game warden Joe Pickett is doing his rounds in the mountains of Wyoming when he witnesses a horrific sight--someone is shooting elk and seven of them have been hit. He finds the perpetrator, Lamar Gardiner, who seems to have gone crazy. Lamar gets away from Joe and then is himself killed. Finding the murderer requires Joe to navigate the politically charged law enforcement system as well as a group of survivalists who
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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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