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Winterkill (Joe Pickett #3)

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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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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
Rex Fuller
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.
Anthony Bellaleigh
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Joyce Lagow
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
Well this if my favorite of the Joe Pickett books so far. I did the first 2 on the kindle but chose to do this one via audiobook on the Ipod as I was starting to have little faith in the series.

1. audiobook was a fantastic choice as this was just flat out awesomesauce, 2. what a great story (gotta like the woods though) 3. I can't wait for book 4.

This is a great one timer because the story unfolds and it's the kind suspenseful so once the cats outta the bag, ya know. I'd almost recommend skipp
Book Concierge
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
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
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
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
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
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
Andy Plonka
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.
Fredrick Danysh
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
Nathan Muegge
Joe Pickett is a game warden (which is someone who makes sure hunters follow laws) in Wyoming when a steady politician goes crazy and kills too many elk for one hunter. This leads to a chase through the forest which results in a sudden and untimely death of the politician named Lamar Gardiner. The murder leaves Pickett with many questions and no answers, and as a blizzard comes in, the evidence left makes the crime scene hard to trace back to a murderer. They come in with a suspect that calls Pi ...more
Once again, Joe Pickett finds himself in the line of fire when he arrests a U.S.Forestry agent who escapes and is murdered by persons unknown. On the scene of investigation appears Melinda Strickland, a totally incompetent woman who is only out to make herself look good and everyone else look bad. On top of that she is the most insane person Joe has ever met.

Strickland thwarts Joe every chance she gets, with a smile on her face and honey in her voice. When Joe's beloved foster daughter, April, b
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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
(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.
I actually did not finish this, which surprised me because I have come to like Joe, the game warden. He is a fine family man, however he is a WUSS. He allows the sheriff and other people to talk to him terribly. His mother-in-law also treats him disrespectful. I guess I am used to the other characters in books that I read standing up for themselves and not taking any crap from anyone. Harry Bosch, Jack Reacher, etc) So I will not read anymore of this series for a while. I may regret not finishin ...more
This is the 3rd book in the series and game warden Joe Pickett always seems to get involved in violence. Still, it is a change of pace from my recent military action and Sci-Fi readings. I enjoyed it.

While dealing with survivalists, politics and echoes of Waco and Ruby Ridge, Joe must also face family sorrows and a murder – all in snows of Wyoming.

Joe is an average guy. A family man. The reader considers, how he would react or handle a situation?

There seems a sadness to the series … but a good r
Jon Borah

It's an hour away from darkness, a bitter winter storm is raging, and Joe Pickett is deep in the forest edging Battle Mountain, shotgun in his left hand, his truck's steering wheel handcuffed to his right - and Lamar Gardiner's arrow-riddled corpse splayed against the tree in front of him. Lamar's murder and the sudden onslaught of the snowstorm warn: Get off the mountain. But Joe knows this episode is far from over. Somewhere in the dense timber, a killer draws his bowstring - with Joe as his p

CJ Box is quickly becoming one of my favorite author's tied only with William Kent Krueger for having such a strong main character, and getting you to buy in along the way with the series. Joe Pickett, game warden of Saddlestring, WY is not without his faults, but always manages as an underdog to overcome, but not always without losses and mistakes-this is a craft that makes CJ Box and his writing so believable! Box also as with the first two I have read in the series, spins a tale that grabs ho ...more
Erin Mihulka
This book was truly great.
I'm not sure if I will have any spoiiers in here, so reader beware.
With Savage Run, I was really pretty disappointed in the way Box made conservatives, ranchers, etc...out to be murderers...It bothered me. I'll save that for my review of Savage Run, but I bring it up because in Winterkill, I appreciated his references to Americans, patriots, a GOOD light.
I could tell he tried to keep Joe Picket relatively neutral and that his response choiced were based on his
This Box wilderness mystery was more uneven than his first two novels. The main character, Joe Pickett, seemed to be moving into some anger and pro-action traits that were more extreme than before, maybe driven by the fact that his foster daughter was taken out of their family and he gave up on the system to protect her. And the plot seemed like it was drifting along at first--it started with a bang (or whatever sound hunting arrows driving into a target make) with the death of a forest service ...more
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
"A severe winter storm bears down on Joe Pickett's town of Saddlestring but another type of storm--purely a human creation--is in the works as a ragtag band of "Sovereigns" camp in a national forest, much to the consternation of local law enforcement. The book begins with the unlikely killing of Lamar Gardiner, whom Joe arrests after he kills several elk. His pursuit turns more personal when his foster daughter April is kidnapped by her white trash mother, Jeannie Keeley, who's involved with the ...more
Tom Tischler
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.
Winterkill is the third book in the Joe Pickett series. It is an exciting story, partly a mystery and partly a thriller in which it was not at all clear how it would turn out. Wyoming comes alive under Box's writing, and the weather is almost always a factor in what happens. The story rather accurately depicts the sort of situation when principled, antigovernment extremists confront government bureaucrats with more authority than good sense. The confrontation leads to a situation reminiscent of ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I've read this series out of order, so it was nice to learn how Joe Pickett and Nate Romanowski first hooked up. I thought the plot was interesting and easy to follow, which is always a plus for me since I tend to listen to most of these books on CDs. I agree with a previous reviewer that it would be nice of Box didn't make the Feds the bad guys so often. Otherwise I like his stories, and I look forward to another one I haven't heard.
Joe and his family are put through the wringer in this one, and so is the reader. I skimmed a lot, out of dread about what was going to happen next. It's a somewhat grim read overall, and in this installment I started to get the distinct feeling that the author is a conservative. He makes his villains so evil, there's no nuance. And Joe is a stalwart, ethical person forced to cross the line due to the evil he encounters. Evil in the form of the federal government...
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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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