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Out Of Range (Joe Pickett #5)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  3,622 ratings  ·  195 reviews
Game warden Joe Pickett returns in a twisting, action-packed tale of greed, power, and murder.

Joe Pickett is attempting to enjoy-all right, survive-his mother-in-law's wedding to a local big-shot rancher when he receives some disturbing news: Will Jensen,a fellow Wyoming game warden and a good friend, has killed himself. And Joe's been picked to temporarily run Jensen's Te
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Published May 2nd 2006 by Berkley (first published May 7th 2002)
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Karolyn Sherwood
One thing I love about reading is discovering a book you love by an author you've never read before. C. J. Box is one of those authors. (Ann Patchett is my other new favorite author.) I've never read his work even though I had seen his books in bookstores. Out Of Range is a great story. I picked it up because the story takes place in Jackson, Wyoming (where my WIP takes place. I wanted to read how a Wyoming native wrote about the same location).

Box is a storyteller, in the best sense of the word
This was good. A real shocker. I mean the first 1/3 was interesting as hell, with the change of scenery, the whole bear thing and the promise that lay ahead. The middle got sort of predictable in a TV drama sort of way but the last 1/3 was awesome. This would have been a stout 3 starer but the last bit just sucked me in. It was fantastic, being things turned out the way they did I don't see why the middle just seemed to drag on. I do think though that a game warden is a wonderful role for this, ...more
Je n'avais pas lu d'aventures de Joe Pickett depuis des mois et woooh! j'avais oublié les situations dans lesquelles il se retrouve. Et l'amour de C.J. Box pour le Wyoming, qui brille dans ses descriptions et s'anime au fil des pages. Et ça se lit toujours aussi bien et avec autant de plaisir.

Cette fois, le décès d'un de ses collègues de Jackson l'envoie en remplacement, couvrir un territoire encore plus sauvage et étendu, et le parachute au beau milieu d'un lot de yahoos plus allumés les uns qu
Bill Lancaster
Authors such as Craig Johnson, Tony Hillerman, James Lee Burke and Bill Pronzoni and others have set the bar for mysteries that take place in the contemporary rural American West. C.J. Box is not yet ready to join them. Despite having written a slew of novels about Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett, this novel lacked pace, believeable characters and a compelling plot.

Though reading about the beauty of Wyoming was engaging, I felt that the writing was average and most of the characters outside of
Excellent for anyone's choice to jump in on this richly satisfying series about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett and his travails with illegal hunters, greedy developers, over agressive environmentalists, and looney survivalists. This, the second in the series, has Joe transfer temporarily from the Bighorn Range region to the Jackson Hole territory due to the apparent suicide of a fellow game warden and old friend. This turf is even more shadowed by politics and the egos of the wealthy than his h ...more
CJ Box does it again.

About a year or so ago I was ambling through my local library looking to find a new author. I’d seen CJ Box novels before but never tried one. I finally did. And what a great decision it was on my part.

When you take a shot and gamble on a ‘new author, (new to me), you never know what you’re in for. Out of Range is the 5th novel I’ve read by Mr. Box and I can now include him as one of my 5 favorite authors.
This novel is no different than other novels featuring Joe Picket. And
Michael Altman
How is it I went so long never having any knowledge of C.J.Box or the Joe Pickett series? I see that his books have gotten rave reviews for a long time, yet I only found out about this series from a friend on Goodreads, and was looking for a new series to start, and thought to just give these books a try..


I have read a lot of mystery/thrillers, from Robert Parker to Lee Child to John Connolly and more... and this series is as good if not better than any I have invested time in reading.
Jon Borah

Game warden Joe Pickett returns in a twisting, action-packed tale of greed, power, and murder. Joe Pickett is attempting to enjoy-all right, survive-his mother-in-law's wedding to a local big-shot rancher when he receives some disturbing news: Will Jensen,a fellow Wyoming game warden and a good friend, has killed himself. And Joe's been picked to temporarily run Jensen's Teton district. Jackson, Wyoming, is a far cry from Joe's hometown of Saddlestring-it's the epicenter for many environmental e

Another good entry in the Joe Pickett novels by Box. In this one, Pickett is called to temporarily replace the game warden, Will Jensen, in Jackson, Wyoming, after he apparently committed suicide. Pickett travels to Jackson and is embroiled in the midst of a dispute between a developer who wants to use open range to raise animals for slaughter, the former game warden, a group of animal rights activists, and many others in the community including a blustery outfitter named Smoke Van Horn. It seem ...more
When the game warden in Jackson Hole commits suicide Joe Pickett is brought in the cover the area temporarily. Joe and several other people feel that suicide was not the cause of Will Jensen's death. Joe finds himself fighting several battles at one while on this temporary assignment and he feels alone. His reputation for being a renegade precedes him, his wife is angry with him, he needs to know why Will would kill himself, a developer is pushing to get him to sign off on a huge project that co ...more
Chris Phipps
C.J. Box takes game warden Joe Picket into uncharted experiences in Out of Range. Joe has solved several murders in the past, but this time, he's not hunting a killer; he's prey. He's out of his territory, in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, filling in for another game warden who has apparently committed suicide, and away from his much loved wife Marybeth and daughters Sheridan and Lucy.And even while attempts are made on his life, he finds himself drawn to a beautiful woman--something that has never happ ...more
Out of Range was as intriguing as any Joe Pickett tale; C.J. Box never disappoints. This is the first book where I was as drawn to Joe’s family as I was to his current assignment. Joe is one of the good guys, open and straight forward, and labors with his more devious peers. His wife’s struggles with their pre-teen daughter and her own frustration are a good foil for the activity in Jackson and amplify the reader’s stress over Joe’s circumstances. This book was less graphic and more character dr ...more
Gary Brecht
This time Joe Pickett is temporarily reassigned to Teton County and Jackson Hole; a far cry from his relatively quite district in a more rustic part of the state. Here he encounters such high profile characters as ambitious land developers, politically connected movers and shakers, as well as PETA type activists. Caught between the progressive and traditional elements of Jackson society, Joe is forced into a lethal showdown but lives to fight another day. In addition, Joe and Marybeth both have ...more
C.J. Box has always portrayed his hero Game Warden Joe Pickett as a paragon of virtue. He's not necessarily the sharpest tool in the box but he's always squeaky clean - at least in his intentions. Out of Range gives a slightly new twist to his character.

Pickett's friend and fellow game warden, Will Jensen, is found dead in his state-owned house in Jackson, Wyoming. The cause of death was a gunshot to the head and the weapon is lying by his side. It appears to be a clear-cut case of suicide. It i
whoa! what a great and unheralded story and storyteller. many of the reviews suggested, you would feel "right in the middle of the forest" "what it is like to be in the camps." i giggle a little at that stuff, but MAN, i was very, VERY impressed. There is a great moment in the middle of the story with a face off between 2 men, that holds as much suspense for me as ANY story i have read in a LONG TIME. i had never heard of Box, but i will read more of him. I like his character, Joe Pickett, and a ...more
Joyce Lagow
5th in the Joe Pickett series.[return][return]In this episode, Joe moves out of his home range in the Bighorn mountains to take a temporary assignment in the Grand Tetons district in Jackson, Wyoming, thanks to the death of its ranger, a good friend of Joe s; the death appears to be a suicide.[return][return]Jackson is NOT an easy assignment, since multiple interests clash over the use of public lands, a favorite them of Box s. This time, development is the main issue, and the powerful forces th ...more
"Joe Pickett is out of his element in this outing, which finds him temporarily transferred to Jackson, Wyoming, after fellow warden and friend Will Jensen commits suicide. Meanwhile, back in Saddlestring, Pickett's loving wife Marybeth struggles to keep her family together while running her business. Joe finds that some of the circumstances leading to Jensen's death don't add up and he begins investigating his friend's death with the help of a married woman, Stella Ennis, whose husband is attemp ...more
I really admire Joe Pickett. He continually finds himself in difficult, tricky situations, usually under suboptimal conditions, frequently wounded, and almost always in trouble with someone higher up- and he always manages to figure it out. He doesn't always get it right away, but he gets it in time. He loves his wife, he loves his daughters, and he's so frustrated and conflicted by their financial struggles due to his choice of career path- but I like that C J Box is not giving him an easy way ...more
A good friend of Joe Picket and fellow game warden named Will has committed suicide in Jackson, Wyoming. Jackson is the toughest part of the state for Game Wardens and Joe has temporarily been chosen to run this district. Is Jackson too tough for Joe? Will Joe be Jackson's next victim? He finds himself in the same situation has Will, staring down the same barrel called Jackson.
Joe Picket is the main character in these novels. He is a Wyoming Game Warden and he loves his job. Joe has two daughte
Mark Mitchell
Joe Pickett continues his game-warden / detective ways in this addition to the series that C.J. Box began with Open Season. If you liked earlier installments in the series, you'll like this one too; if you didn't, there is nothing here that will make you a fan.

In the usual way, Pickett mixes exploration of the wilds of Wyoming with crime-fighting. In this episode, he spends most of his time in Jackson, rather than in his home town of Saddlestring, and thus has to contend with big-city folk as we
Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett, is attending his mother-in-law’s wedding to a local rancher when he hears the news that fellow warden and friend Will Jensen, has committed suicide. Pickett is asked to temporarily take on the man’s duties which means leaving his wife and family behind and heading to the town of Jackson Hole which unlike Pickett’s hometown of Saddlestring is a hotbed of political and bureaucratic machinations. Pickett is surprised to hear about Will’s drinking and violent temper ...more
Out of Range ist der fünfte Roman mit dem Jagdaufseher aus Wyoming aus C.J. Box' Feder. Joe Pickett ist selbstbewußter geworden, liegt wahrscheinlich am Umgang mit Nate Romanowski, der gerade damit beschäftigt ist, ein Bison zuzureiten. In den vorherigen Büchern wirkte der Protagonist immer ein wenig unbeholfen und unsicher, deshalb wurde er auch oft unterschätzt. Trotzdem war er noch weit vom Dorftrottel entfernt, als der er auch leicht hätte erscheinen können.

Es ist wieder Herbst in Wyoming. W
As I wade through the C.J. Box game warden novels, captured by the descriptions, mountains, horses, dogs and sweet little family of Joe Pickett, Game Warden in the state of Wyoming, I don't want them to end.

This is the 5th novel in the Joe Pickett series, where Joe finds a friend/game warden has committed suicide. They slough Joe over to run his former good buddy's district, where, of course, Joe gets curious as to what "really" happened.

As Joe stumbles through in his haphazard, endearing way,
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I like Joe Pickett. His character seems real. He is no superhero. He is a man who loves his family and his job. Wyoming is his office.

There were parts of this story I really liked and parts that left me wanting. I liked Joe's interaction with Smoke. Smoke was an interesting character. I liked Joe being out of his comfort zone and working a different district. I thought he was a little slow on the uptake but loved him anyway. I did not like Stella. She was not real and not a good influence on an
I so like C.J.Box. Heck of a writer. He grabs the reader from the first page. The kind of book you want to read from start to finish in one sitting. The story you think about until you get back to it again..This was the 5th in his Joe Pickett series. Joe a Wyoming game warden is sent as a temporary replacement to Jackson Hole. His mentor and friend Will Jensen the game warden for Jackson has been found dead. It was ruled a suicide but Joe Pickett can't let it go..He finds that Jackson, is a far ...more
Holly Morey
Game Warden Joe Pickett is called to Jackson Wyoming to cover temporarily for his friend, who commit suicide. He has his suspicions about the suicide. Joe also has to make a decision on whether to allow a multi-million dollar housing development to be built. While Joe is away, Mary Beth is having problems with their teenage daughter and is receiving mysterious phone calls. This book put Joe is a different part of Wyoming with different issues. I thought it was a page turner.
Joe goes alone to Jackson Hole to temporarily take over from a warden who has died, supposedly from a suicide. Jackson Hole is the Beverly Hills of Wyoming and he immediately spars with a wealthy and connected developer, an old boy outfitter, and the number two guy in his agency, plus there's some heavy duty flirting going down between Joe and the developer's trophy wife. Back on the homefront Joe's wife is flirting with Nate, his oldest daughter is in rebellion mode, and his house is receiving ...more
Five books in. While the quality dropped off between books 2 and 3, they're still relentlessly readable. Not thrilled about the marital developments in this one, but I liked that the action took place out of familiar areas. Yes, the evil guys are still too evil and everyone's a little cartoonish in their descriptions, but these are good solid reads. And, I still don't forgive Box for the fridging in Book 3.
I found this one less believable than others in the series. I felt the characters thinly drawn, quite one-dimensional except for the outfitter Smoke. Joe seems more naive than usual and cannot resist putting his foot in his mouth at every opportunity. While he is devoted to his family, he can't find a time or a way to call his wife. (view spoiler) ...more
Excellent. A mix of detective story, battle of rights activists and developers, and plot twists. This was an interesting read of the types of independent individualists that Wyoming is well known for. Usually, with this type of mix you would see a hard boiled fractured police detective, but a game warden where a bear has issues, a game warden has issues, and so forth. It was a fun read.
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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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