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Winterkill (Joe Pickett #3)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  4,235 ratings  ·  273 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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Kari
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
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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
Wesley
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
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Frank
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
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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
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Dorothy
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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Chris
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
Sherri
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
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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
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LJ
WINTERKILL – VG
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
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Knewmyer
This one just about broke my heart, but I liked it just the same.
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
Dale
In this third book of the Joe Pickett series, the author has grown, sharpened his writing tools, and taken on a more ambitious plot. Center stage, of course is Joe Pickett, but his wife Mary Beth also plays a commanding role in this book as the entire Picket family (except Mary Beth's mom) struggles with an enormous crisis besetting the family. In this the book picks up seamlessly from the opening scene of book 1. But I didn't foresee the climax of this conflict playing out as it did.

The plot mo
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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
Linda
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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Michelle
Winterkill is the 3rd book in The Joe Pickett Series by C.J. Box. Joe Pickett is a Game Warden in Wyoming who covers a very large territory. In each book someone is murdered and it usually comes down to him to solve who did it. The local sheriff is a local yokel who looks for the easiest answer there is in solving the crime and that answer is usually wrong. His deputy is a moron who shoots first and asks questions later. Why that man has not been fired I will never know.

I like the character Joe
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Brian
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Lissa Notreallywolf
The book opens with a Federal employee losing his mind and wantonly slaughtering a large number of elk. When Joe arrest him he has another one of his embarrassing episodes, when the perp locks him to his own steering wheel and flees the truck into the winter storm. Joe pursues him with the steering wheel dangling from his wrist...only to find the man pinned to a tree with broadhead arrows. It's a great opening sequence, and the novel dashes off like a sled race.
We get to meet the rogue Falconer
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Blues
I enjoyed book number one quite a bit and book number two just a little less so.

This third book went so far over the edge that I just don't know whether I can ever go back to reading this series. (Much as I enjoyed the characterizations of Joe Pickett and a few others.)

Speaking as a retired law enforcement officer with 20+ years working with federal, state, local and international law enforcement agencies, I can unequivocally state that while I have encountered my share of incompetence, corrupt
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Anthony
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.
Ed
#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
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Bonnie
This is the third in Mr. Box's Joe Pickett series. I liked it a lot, as I did the first and second books. I think the characters are believable and Joe and his family are likeable. This one concerns the agendas that bring several groups into conflict: a group of survivors of conflicts between their groups and the federal government (Waco, Ruby Ridge, etc.), an FBI agent involved in those conflicts and a mentally unbalanced Forest Service employee. She is an example of a difficult employee relate ...more
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.
Rob Cook
I can't say what it was about this one but it just never had me very interested until the last 1/3 of the book. It's written well enough, and the story isn't terrible, I just could not care very much about anyone involved. I started it five months ago and it took me forever to finally get to the part that seemed compelling enough to read. Joe Pickett is a good character but sometimes is a bit too indecisive and self-doubting for my tastes. If I'm going to read escapism fiction I guess I'm lookin ...more
Judy
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
Larry
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
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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

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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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