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Game warden Joe Pickett is called to a bizarre crime scene deep within the forests of Twelve Sleep County, Wyoming. Famous eco-activist Stewie Woods has been blown up in an explosion, along with his new bride and ten head of cattle.
The case is wrapped up too quickly: an environmental publicity stunt gone w...more
It's was explained in the epilogue.(less)
My quick and simple overall: interesting read but if you are a huge animal lover l ...more
C.J. (Cracker Jack?) Box delivers his second Joe Pickett novel in this 2002 publication and follows up on his first with some TASTY environmental thriller action.
For those readers who don’t know yet about the coolest thing this side of the Pecos, Box’s protagonist Pickett is a Wyoming game warden – patrolling the vast wide open spaces and confronting heavily armed perpetrators and wild critters alike. All on a shoestring budget with a small fa ...more
I was on the edge of my seat towards the end of this when the group escaped from the cabin and found themselves at Savage Run (interesting legend about this involving Cheyenne Indians and Pawnee warriors). After finished reading, I gave it a 4 star because of the graphic description of how w ...more
I'm so excited that I'm still early in this series because I know that I still have a ton of these books to look forward to. I'm such a Pickett fangirl, even after only two books. I hope he stays as cool as he is now.
Joe Pickett is a Wyoming game warden, not super experienced, with a slowly growing reputation in his area. He's known for being inaccurate with his gun and for being a stickler for the rules. He doesn't do drama, he doesn't have baggage, he loves his family, ...more
Joe Pickett is a Wyoming game ward charged with overseeing the Big Horn Mountains in the northern part of the state. Mary Beth, Joe's wife, is a beautiful woman. As their 10 year daughter, Sheridan, observes of her mother: "Mom, you're a hottie." Mary Beth, went to college to become a lawyer. But she fell in love with Joe and they live the austere life on game warden's wages. Thi ...more
Joe Pickett is doing his job, when he finds that an elk was shot out of season. The trail leads him to the usual arrogant rich guy. Meanwhile, there some environmental terrorists running around causing trouble, and an old time stock detective taking care of business.
There's theme here about how the law doesn't seem to apply to much of anybody. I wound up rooting for the stock detective, as he was the most honest person in the whole book. Pickett was mostly ineffect ...more
This instalment of the Joe Pickett series has way more action then we saw in the first book and it really never lets up.
Even though these books were written in the 90's the environmental issues covered are still really relevant to day. I really like the fact that Box manages to address these issues in a non preachy way.
These books are great little mysteries and certainly an entertaining way to spend an afternoon.
There are several good features of these books: they are relatively short (under 300 pages), feature characters and settings that are unusual (wide-open countryside, cowboys and other rural residents) and are relatively suspenseful.
There are problematic aspects of the books as well. Joe Pickett is VERY taciturn and shockingly inept when it comes to the political aspects of his job. He is st ...more
If you recall, I gave the first in the series a less than glowing review of "meh". Why did I read the next one you ask? Good question. Especially with 500 other books on my wish list...
Well, I make poor choices, and they are an easy mindless read.
Will I commit to reading the next dozen? See above.
Aunt Amanda ...more
Up until the last 100 pages I was underwhelmed by this book, preferring the first book in the series to this one and wishing there was more depth in plot and character.
But then, without giving away spoilers, the book became more interesting in the last third of the book as a character gave an interesting analysis of environmental groups and the structure of organizations. An ...more
This book was a little more intriguing to me than the first. A lot less getting to know the characters and more detail to the surroundings and feelings, still just as stressful though.... lol
There is only one thing that has bothered me a little bit so far. I am not to sure (I haven't looked into it) but guessing from the writing I would say the first book on this series was the first book actually written by this author. I assume this because I feel he doesn't seem to trust the reader ...more
I imagine I should have read the first book in the series first but it didn't seem to be all that critical as I was introduced nicely to both Joe and his family, Marybeth and their three daughters. This story starts with what s ...more
Once again the story revolves around Joe Pickett, a Wyoming Fish and Game Warden who is a good guy with morals up the wazoo but isn't the toughest law enforcement officer you've ever seen. While his heart is in the right place, his decisions and skill with weapons are often questionable. I'm hoping Joe toughens up in future books. ...more
Marybeth, Joe's wife, begins receiving phone calls from an old high school ...more
If I'm honest, then it seemed to drift for a couple of chapters and I was wondering whether a serious case would ever emerge - and, how Joe would end up in the middle of it...? More fool me. I should be more familiar with cleverly crafted scene setting...
I recommend making sure you give yourself some serious reading tim ...more