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Below Zero (Joe Pickett #9)

4.09  ·  Rating Details ·  4,845 Ratings  ·  330 Reviews
Award-winning and national-bestselling writer C. J. Box returns with a vengeance in this thrilling new novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. Below Zero begins with an unassuming phone message: Tell Sherry April called. But Sherry-Joe Pickett's oldest daughter, Sheridan-and the Pickett family are shaken to the core. April, Pickett's foster daughter, was killed in ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published June 16th 2009 by Berkley Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Mahoghani 23
It took for me to finish the book in order to understand what the title meant. The book left me with unanswered questions and mixed feelings. There were some good parts but the storyline was somewhat discouraging to read.

The Pickett family adopted a little girl named April. Her birth mother had other plans and got April back and the last time Joe Pickett, the adoptive dad of April, saw her she appeared to be blown to pieces before his eyes. After six years, Sheridan, his oldest daughter, gets a
Rex Fuller
Jun 12, 2013 Rex Fuller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If any "enviro-freaks" have actually gone so far as to serially murder people because of the size of their carbon footprint, I'm unaware of it. Consequently, the animating motive of the villainous Stensons in this book was unreal to me. Not that serial killers need a higher order motive, or from a sane person's perspective, any motive at all. Nevertheless, this is still a highly enjoyable book, especially because of the excellent treatment of Joe's relationship with his daughter Sheridan - who b ...more
James Paddock
Dec 31, 2011 James Paddock rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know Below Zero is not CJ Box’s latest novel, but it is the latest one I’ve read and I am just as riveted as I was with all the rest. Joe Pickett and his family, Marybeth, Sheridan and Lucy, continue to burrow into the hearts of CJ’s readers. Joe, a Wyoming game warden who often finds himself on the disgruntled side of either the director of the Wyoming Game and Fish, the Wyoming governor, one or more county sheriffs, or his wife, finds he must take a leave of absence to investigate text messa ...more
First Sentence: Marshall and Sylvia Hotle, who like to list their places of residence as Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Quartzsite, Arizona, and “the open road,” were preparing dinner when they saw the dark SUV will Illinois plates drive by on the access road for the third time in less than an hour.

Six years ago, the Pickett’s foster daughter, April, was killed in the massacre of a survivalist group. Or was she? April is been texting the Pickett’s oldest daughter, Sherry, and that “bad” things have been ha
Jul 24, 2016 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
April died six years ago. Joe was a witness in a mistake-lade stakeout. The family mourned April as if she really was there instead of a foster child. So - who called on Sheridan's phone saying she was April?

This, combined with several important deaths in "Blood Trail"; leaves Joe and family upset to say the least. On top of this, a Chicago mobster is on the run in Wyoming, accompanied by a young girl and his pretty sure he's crazy son. Murders happen wherever this trio lights.

A very good book
Dec 23, 2016 Ed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Crime story fans
C.J. Box is one of those authors who know how to keep a story moving without losing track of the characters or straining believe-ability. He does it by keeping the plot simple and not introducing a lot of sub-plots or extraneous description, leaving something for the reader's imagination but cleaning up any loose ends so the reader isn't left wondering what happened.

In this, volume 9 of the Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett series, Joe has been banished to the Baggs District as punishment for goi
Aug 20, 2010 J rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

I loved the Joe Pickett novels -- until this one.

The plot mechanics are flawless. But the book had no soul.

I felt like all the characters were on auto pilot, just executing actions to advance the plot, and not interacting fully, as they have in past stories.

I suspect the author himself may be on auto-pilot

It was a nice end twist, to have the the runaway that Joe, Beth & girls thought was April (un-deceased!) turn out not to be April, but a friend w who has assumed that p
Mar 15, 2015 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good entry in the Joe Pickett series. In this one, the Picketts received a message that their foster daughter April called to talk to their daughter Sheridan. Could it really be her given that April was supposedly killed several years earlier in the events of Winterkill? Joe, who is on assignment as ranger in the town of Baggs, gets a leave of absence from the governor to try to track down the person claiming to be April. It turns out the girl has been taken by a Chicago mobster and his ...more
#9 in the Joe Pickett series. Pickett is a Wyoming game warden who has a penchant for attracting trouble. 6 years earlier (Winterkill (2003)), his adopted daughter, April, was in a mobile home blown up during an FBI raid on a survivalist camp. Now his daughter Sheridan is getting text messages from someone claiming to be April. This novel starts with segments from the point-of-view of a Chicago gangster and his enviro-terrorist son - and I found it far-fetched and tough going. Things greatly imp ...more
Apr 28, 2015 Kathy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the 9th book in the Joe Pickett series, and the fact that I am reading the 9th book says it all. I am really enjoying this series. In this book, Joe's oldest daughter Sheridan gets a phone call from their foster daughter April, thought to be dead over the last 6 years. Joe and Sheridan both undertake a journey to find her, which includes some Chicago gangsters. One of whom is dying of cancer and the other his son, who wants to reduce carbon footprints in the world. There is a secret abou ...more
James Biser
May 03, 2016 James Biser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I always love Joe Pickett stories. This one is exceptional because the antagonists are evil, one is even a psychopath, believing he is trying to "erase the carbon foot prints" of his victims.
As always, Joe protects his family. In this case he is joined by his daughter, Sheridan; and it looks as if his step-daughter April was not killed and is texting messages to Sheridan.
My favorite of Joe's associates is Nate Romanowski. He is also available to rescue Joe through this story. This novel is impos
Jul 14, 2009 Su rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring. Oh so boring. I kept reading thinking it might improve, but no luck. The author is a long time mystery writer, but this is my first (and last) attempt at reading his works. The characters seemed so stilted and some of the story suspended belief. In a mystery, I feel everything should be both believable and doable.
Jul 13, 2016 wally rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
13 jul 16 and on to another from box...they've all been good reads so far some a tad better some with a hump in the road but that's life and so it goes. onward, ever onward.
14 jul 16, finished. great story! good read.
May 27, 2016 Eddie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mys-series, 2016
Mr. Box's Joe Pickett is moving up "need to read more" list very quickly. Any writer who can make this plot device work gets my respect.
Apr 25, 2015 Nancy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This is my first C.J. Box, and it won't be my last!
Nov 28, 2016 Coleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
C.J. Box is such a good writer that one knows when starting the book that it will be a good one. This one is no exception. Joe Pickett is not a perfect person and has his faults, but that seems to make his adventure series all the more interesting. It is not necessary to read the series in order because Box makes sure that the characters and 'history' are explained in a way that is not boring.

In this case, the story involves a young girl named April who was introduced in his first book, which I
Vicki Adderholdt
This series is one of my favorites and it is so enjoyable you don't want to put it down.
In this one Joe is still working for the Governor and still working in Baggs the area they call the Game Warden's Graveyard. Marybeth and the girls lived in town. In this one Sheridan, Joe's 17 year old daughter starts getting messages from April Keeley a girl who died 6 year ago in a botched FBI raid Joe was a part of. April is in trouble and the men she is with are dangerous. It is an exciting mystery to so
Oct 24, 2016 Kay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unlike other Joe Pickett books I thought this one smacked of soap opera antics. I also wondered what happened to the term "carbon footprint". It is used extensively in this book. Joe is still working for the governor and is now living in town but not adjusting to it. Inbetween jobs for the governor he works game management in remote locations. Will Joe ever get his due?
Feb 11, 2017 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Pickett Rocks!

Bud guys, good guys with attitude and a repeat character from a few books ago. Oh I was rooting for Joe Pickett once again to get the bad guys and save the day. It was good, good, good
Jan 26, 2017 Arda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. The characters are interesting. The storyline keeps you wanting to read more to see what happens next.
David Highton
Oct 31, 2016 David Highton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another adventure for the Pickett family, veering on the edge of the law with their friend and federal fugitive Nate. This one is much more meaningful if you have read the earlier books
Mike Mackey
Jan 22, 2017 Mike Mackey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very good Read! I enjoyed it!!!
Apparently this is the ninth book in a series. I read it at the suggestion of a co-worker [who 'gave' me a bag of books to read in my spare time after he saw me reading a Clive Cussler novel]. It was an interesting book, I guess. It starts off 'in your face' [in my opinion] with the deaths of a sweet retired couple. It was crazy, it was shocking, and I never even saw it coming. It moved at a good clip; it held my interest and made me want to finish reading it.

I have to admit, the mother-in-law w
Michael Sova
Oct 22, 2014 Michael Sova rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Damn you C.J. Box. Okay, so here's the story. A few years ago, I was given a copy of this book called Cold Wind. It was by C.J. Box, who I'd heard of but was otherwise unfamiliar with. I read the book and loved it. The plot was compelling and original. The characters were vivid, well developed and incredibly true to life. The conflicts, both personal and professional, obviously went well beyond the pages of that one novel, the eleventh in the series featuring Wyoming game and fish warden Joe Pi ...more
Lissa Notreallywolf
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Pauline Ross
This was a book I picked up two years ago (must read faster...) as an Amazon daily deal, even though it was number 9 in the series. What was I thinking? Obviously, there's a whole heap of history to the characters, and much of it's relevant to this story, so it all has to be squeezed in. Fortunately, the author manages this very deftly, so for me, meeting these characters for the first time, the paragraphs of 'Six years earlier, Joe...' or whatever flowed along very nicely. I presume that long-t ...more
May 30, 2009 Maddy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009-reads
PROTAGONIST: Joe Pickett, game ranger
SETTING: Wyoming
SERIES: 9 of 9

At the moment, Game Ranger Joe Pickett is living apart from his family. The demands of his job take him deep into the remote hills of South Dakota. He and his family had moved into a town in Wyoming, but Joe needs to maintain a low profile as the result of a situation gone bad. At the moment, he is tracking down someone he refers to as the "Mad Archer". This despicable individual is shooting pre
Mark Easter
Jul 06, 2013 Mark Easter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A new Joe Pickett novel from the Edgar(r) Award-winning author of Blood Trail.

Six years ago, Joe Pickett's foster daughter, April, was murdered. Now, someone is leaving phone messages claiming to be the dead girl. As his family struggles with the disturbing event, he discovers that the calls have been placed from locations where serious environmental crimes have occurred. And as the phone calls grow closer, so does the danger.

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Edgar-finalist Box's ninth

ending was a bit predictable but still a good read
Dec 22, 2016 Ken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed Box's writing, and was totally surprised about 3/4 of the way into the book, not having read any reviews which I usually avoid so that my judgement of the writing is not influenced. Definitely worth a read if you like Box, Joe Pickett, and Nate Romanowski. The not so subtle lack of cooperation between local, state and federal police (FBI) is nothing new, but it is not usually so blatantly discussed.
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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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