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Nowhere To Run (Joe Pickett #10)

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The first time Joe Pickett rode through the Sierra Madre was on a rescue mission. Now he is investigating reports of camps looted, tents slashed and animals butchered.
Paperback, 387 pages
Published December 1st 2011 by Atlantic Books (UK) (first published 2010)
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Giovanni Gelati
Aug 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You may flog me now. This is actually the first time I have read C.J. Box and his hero Joe Pickett. I have no excuses why it took me so long to read my first one, only regrets that I have not been involved as a reader sooner. Maybe I am not the only the one out there that hasn’t read the fine works of C.J. Box. If that is the case then let it be known to the uninitiated that he has won numerous awards: The Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry awards as well as the French Prix Calibre .38 ...more
Feb 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am liking all of C.J. Box's books but this is one of my favorites. In addition to the non-stop action I liked how Box dove deeper into Joe and how he feels about who he is and what he does. The fact that he questions himself and his job is real and honest. The fact that he even questions himself as a man, provider, husband, father is real. Box also did an excellent job of showing the reader more deeply how Joe's character and what he believes in affects the choices he makes everyday. In previo ...more
First Sentence: Three hours after he’d broken camp, repacked, and pushed his horses higher into the mountain range, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett paused on the lip of a wide hollow basin and dug in his saddlebag for his notebook.

Game Warden Joe Pickett is making the last pass before going home through the territory he has been covering for the past year. He’s following up on reports of vandalism and other hunter’s game butchered out. He doesn’t expect to run into twin brothers who resent being
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This begins as a nail-biting, harrowing tale. Joe Pickett is trapped in the mountains, at the mercy of a couple of seemingly superhuman, ruthless, violent men who have been terrorizing the region. He is injured. His horses have been slaughtered. He has no supplies and no way to contact anyone in "the world." A strange recluse saves his life and gives him temporary respite, but there is no hiding from these men. It's looking pretty bleak. Since this is less than 1/2 way into the novel, it isn't m ...more
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have been a pretty avid Joe Pickett fan since Open Season.

Nowhere to Run was an exciting book. Frankly, the first hundred or so pages were some of the best of the series. However, I did read the whole book.

I believe that this will be my last Joe Pickett book. I have just grown very weary of this series. I don't understand the need to jam in the political stuff. The series was better when these themes were more subtle. I liked reading about Joe the good guy, not about how the federal governmen
Aug 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read other Joe Pickett stories. After reading this one, I feel wet, tired and isolated.

Joe is the most beat up Game Warden I know. He's ethical and it gets him into trouble EVERY time. His wife Mary Jo has her own troubles with her very manipulative Mother. He dosen't play well with the political higher ups. His children are bored with life in rural Wyoming.

The landscape is wild and free, and desolate. Don't get into trouble, because help is far away. On one of the last days of his "penan
Minty McBunny
This book was ok, not up to the usual high caliber of this series. The story seemed really dragged out and the mystery was not all that compelling. I was glad that Joe's family was not imperiled this time, but I would have liked to see their storyline advance a bit.
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
#10 in the Joe Pickett series. Finalist 2011 Barry Award for Best Novel. Pickett is wrapping up his year of exile in Baggs, Wyoming and feels it wouldn't be right to leave his successor with no status on several issues of game theft, looted cabins and a missing runner. Joe spends his final week on horseback through the most wild backcountry and encounters a set of twin poachers who almost kill him before he escapes. They certainly shake his confidence and make him question his manhood. While on ...more
Apr 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of this - with Joe being on his own and stalked by two seemingly crazy guys in the mountains - creeped me out and made me anxious. However, as the book moved forward and the story/stories unwind to the grand finale, and all the pieces of the puzzle are put together it all made sense to me. I can't tell for sure of Box's critique of our government and how it works is totally dead on but I do know that I agree in principle that our government is way too big for it's britches and, whe ...more
Tim Niland
Apr 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is on horseback patrol in a remote mountainous section of the state when he comes across a lone man fishing in a secluded lake. Citing him for fishing without a license sets in motion a string of events he can scarcely imagine. Soon Pickett is in a fight for his life against two fugitive bothers hiding out in the remote wilderness. Barely escaping with his life, he is forced to return to the wilderness to try to learn the fate of a young woman who went missing yea ...more
Aug 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden, comes across a pair of evil brothers hiding out illegally in a remote mountainous area of the State forest. He faces many dangerous challenges, and as usual his stubborn determination to do the right thing with little help from inept and corrupt law enforcement saves the day. The formula works because of his grounding in his family, a savvy wife and wise kids. A man of few words, his actions speak louder than words. We all wish we could have his moral compass. ...more
Rex Fuller
Nov 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the one of the series I have the most affection for, now having read all of them. Others, Breaking Point comes to mind first, are more impressive to me. But this one feels the best. A very simple story. The ongoing palpable erosion of freedom sets events in motion where Pickett is nearly killed, then against good judgment and what he might really want to do, goes back to do his job. Joe still believes he is not part of the problem that is taking freedom away but he is relying more and mo ...more
Jill Manske
I didn't like "Nowhere to Run" as much as most C.J. Box novels. It was a little too political and much too graphic. The story begins with Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett traveling into the mountains to investigate a report of the butchering of an elk. But he soon finds himself on the wrong side of a pair of ruthless mountain men who are responsible for the elk and much more. Pickett makes some serious errors in judgement, which cost him dearly. When a sheriff's department posse can find no evide ...more
Jim Thomsen
Jul 01, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this series, and I enjoy everything C.J. Box has published. The Pickett novels are ones I buy from my local indie mystery store on their release date, and "Nowhere to Run" was no exception. I gobbled it up in two days.

Most of the hallmarks that hooked me on Box and Pickett are present here — gorgeous descriptions of settings, unimpeachable authenticity and an unsentimental love of the Wyoming back country among them. Oh, and sharply drawn characters, an original voice (no fake Craig John
May 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads

It’s such a treat to pick up a book and have it take over your life. NOWHERE TO RUN was so suspenseful that I barely took a breather until after I’d read several chapters. The opening set-up of a good man who is injured and has no weapons being pursued by two crazies in an extremely remote area had me on the edge of my seat. But Box goes beyond the standard thriller formula, and that’s part of why I liked this book so much. The protagonist, Joe Pickens, is a devoted family man as well as being
Kathleen Hagen
Nowhere to Run, by C. J. Box, b-plus, narrated by David Chandler, produced by recorded Books, downloaded from

This book is part of the game warden Joe Picket series, from Wyoming. This book is from the middle or perhaps end of the series and I had not read any book before in the series, so some of it was more confusing to me than it will be for readers who have kept up with the series. In this book, Joe Pickett hears that cabins in the mountains are being vandalized, and hunters come
Peter T. Tomaras
Aug 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd really give it 4.5 stars. Savor this from early in the book:
"The Tetons were flashy, cold, bloodless Eurotrash mountains—too spectacular for their own good. They were the mountain equivalent of supermodels. The Gros Ventres were a rich graveyard of human history—both American Indian and early white—that held their secrets close and refused to accmoodate the modern era. The Wind River Mountains were what the Tetons wanted to be: towering, incredibly wealthy with scenery and wildlife, vast, a
Mar 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Joe Pickett just seems to have a knack for getting in over his head! This was another enjoyable entry in the series where Joe heads into the mountains to try to find out who has been damaging camps and unlawfully butchering elk before he leaves his temporary post in Baggs, Wyoming. What he runs into is very unsettling -- a pair of seemingly demented twins who have taken refuge in the mountains. Joe is lucky to get away with his life after having being shot with an arrow and having his horses but ...more
Apr 15, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, thrillers
Joe Pickett, Wyoming game warden, confronts a situation not uncommon to law enforcement officers—offenders who refuse to comply with reason.

Pickett is ending his exile in an isolated area and anxious to get back home to his family. Report of a misdeed sends him into the mountains on one last clean up detail which pits him against a pair of brothers, nearly costs him his life, tests his morality and challenges his relationship with a close friend.

Pickett is a likeable and realistically drawn char
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this book on Playaway, flawlessly narrated by David Chandler.

It was not my first experience with a book by C.J. Box, but I hadn't noticed before that he may have been influenced by the writing of Steven King... the way shocking, almost outrageous characters and brutal actions are woven into his story--sometimes with a subtle touch of humor tucked in--yet you are riveted and can't let go!
The book includes well-developed character studies; descriptions that you can practically see,
Bryan Higgs
I was hoping that this was my introduction to a new author whose books I'd enjoy.

Not really. The book held my attention, but there was far too much of a super-Libertarian focus to it. As usual, those that hold a blind belief in small government confuse the excesses of government (which we clearly have in the US) with socialism, when in fact the excesses of government here have much more to do with oligarchy and the rich running rampant over the normal people -- the opposite of socialism as it sh
Aug 09, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been looking for alternatives for the staff and students who need things to read while they wait for Lee Child to put out his annual book. I'm pretty sure this fits the bill. A rugged hero, with a strong conscience and with a really good back-story. The beginning of this book was so scary I thought I might have to put it down, it was that good! I liked the characters in the story a lot and am keen to read the rest of the books in the Joe Pickett series, probably wasn't my best move to start ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
This was my first C.J. Box Joe Pickett novel.I really enjoyed it.Ifound the story to be gripping. Joe is finishing up a one year exile in Baggs.prior to returning to his home district, But he has one more patrol to ride.Reports have reached Joe of a butchered red elk. campsite looting and tire slashings.He feels it is his duty to check out the butchered elk before turning over the district to the new warden..But Joe gets more than he bargained for when he meets up with some creepy underground ex ...more
Sep 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 10th book in the series, and I think it is my favorite. Joe is just about ready to leave Baggs, WY, where he was banished to for a year. He's ready to go home, there's just one more thing to check. A series of mysterious happenings in the mountains. Some people think they are caused by a Wendigo, and old Indian legend. And what about the runner who disappeared 2 years ago? What he discovers, however, are the Grim Brothers. Twins who escaped from a protection program in MI, and they d ...more
Mar 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book thru Good Reads and I was really excited about it. It is my first novel that I have read by C.J. Box and I was quite impressed with this. This is the second book I have ever read that has the main character as a Game Warden. I look forward to more books by this author. I like the author’s descriptions of the areas of southern Wyoming. Literally I could not put this book down, it is packed full of excitement and twists and turns. It is really hard to write a review about this book ...more
I like game warden Joe Pickett, and his family - but in this book it seemed that the author himself holds the libertarian, anti-government views that some of the characters espoused. (eg the opinion that European countries are "socialist" because they provide universal health care and universities don't charge tuition to local students.) However the main story was an exciting thriller that kept me reading till 2 am and I only stopped then because I was falling asleep.
Oct 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Starts out as a fast-paced thriller and a real change-of-pace for the Pickett series but degenerates into another book where big government and "creeping socialism" are the real villains and Tea Party politics and Ayn Rand are the solution. I think at least half the books in the series use a Ruby Ridge type incident as a plot point and this is another one. Some good stuff but C.J. Box needs some new ideas to keep the series fresh. I hope so because his writing is damn good.
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, box
15 jul 16, back to wyoming and another from box for me...about the 12th, 13th give or take. onward and upward.
16 jul 16, finished, excellent story! i'm from the u.p., too. it isn't whatever in the story, used with periods. i know what he meant...not union pacific...but i wonder if those not familiar with "da up" would pronounce each letter, individually, as yoopers pronounce it? and if i wasn't in da up i'd be in wyoming. here i stand. i can no do other.
onward, ever onward.
Mar 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
This was my first C.J. Box Joe Pickett novel and I was very pleased. I found the story to be gripping, and Joe Pickett to be a heroically flawed and likeable protagonist. Based on this book I will be inclined to seek out the earlier novels for adding to my to-be-read list. I heard C.J. speak on a panel at BoucherCon 2009 and was impressed by him. This was a free copy I received thru Goodreads' First Reads giveaway. Thanks to them!
Feb 23, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Box is an excellent mystery/outdoor adventure writer. His series about forester Joe Pickett follows the family through numerous postings and traumas. I guess I'm having a "why do TERRIBLE things always happen to Joe" moment---one man can not possibly run into so many evil people. He's a really nice guy, almost too nice, and yet the world keeps stomping on him, they live in crummy houses, more wounds ensue. I think I need a hiatus!
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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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