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The Disappeared

(Joe Pickett #18)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  7,737 ratings  ·  793 reviews
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett has two cases to contend with, both of them lethal, in the electrifying new novel from the #1 New York Times-bestselling author.

Wyoming's new governor isn't sure what to make of Joe Pickett, but he has a job for him that is extremely delicate. Three British executives, all women, never came home from the high-end guest ranch they were visiti
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published March 20th 2018)
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Barbara My suggestion is to make use of your local library. You may have to wait for the book to become available if there are only a few copies, but take…moreMy suggestion is to make use of your local library. You may have to wait for the book to become available if there are only a few copies, but take advantage of the library's offerings!(less)
Johanna C. Nelson Yes, however, the characters and their relationships have developed through the series. It is so much better to read C.J. Box's books in order, but…moreYes, however, the characters and their relationships have developed through the series. It is so much better to read C.J. Box's books in order, but you can certainly read, understand, and enjoy this book without having read the previous books.(less)

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Cindy Burnett
Mar 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
C.J. Box's latest Joe Pickett novel is a great addition to this outstanding series. Wyoming has a new, highly unpleasant governor who tasks Pickett with finding a missing British businesswomen. Meanwhile, Nate Romanowski drags Joe into another case on behalf of a group of falconers. The further Joe delves into both cases, the more he realizes that forces are at work to stop him from solving either case. Both mysteries were interesting and original, and the resolutions were satisfying. One of my ...more
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I do not like them, Sam I am: Cliffhangers, I mean. Not even when they happen in a favorite series and, Lord willin' and the creek don't rise, I have every intention of reading the next one. But that aside, I quite enjoyed this one (as I expected I would).

As I've mentioned in other reviews, my interest in the series originated way back when because I share the surname of the central character, Joe Pickett, a Wyoming game warden. From that point on, though, I've kept reading simply because the bo
First Sentence: Wylie Frye was used to smelling of smoke and that was long before he became a criminal of sorts.

Wyoming’s new governor wants Game Warder Joe Pickett to find a wealthy CEO and Englishwoman who disappeared after staying at the dude ranch where Joe’s daughter, Sheridan, works. Joe’s friend, master falconer Nate Romanowski, want Joe to find out why the falconers can no longer hunt with eagles in spite of having valid permits. Joe wants to know why the Game Warden seems to have disapp
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Having read most books by CJ Box, I can't really get my head around the Grand Canyon size literary gap between his absolutely riveting 4 book "Highway Quartet" and the evolution of the Joe Picket series. I like Joe, Nate and Joe's family but the slow pace and Southern Wyoming winter atmospherics thinned the action of the plot. Very disappointing.
Moonlight Reader
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
These books are a huge pleasure of mine - I won't say guilty pleasure, because I refuse to be guilty about anything I read. Nonetheless, they are like a bit of cotton candy, tasty but without much substance. This is the 18th in the series of books centered around Joe Pickett, erstwhile Wyoming Game Warden and man who has destroyed more state cars than anyone in fiction or reality.

Box has a formula for the Pickett stories - Joe is in the doghouse with his agency brass and is dispatched by the Gov
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was ok
One of the worst endings that I've ever had the displeasure of reading.

Separate plots coming to a head at the end but only one gets a half-hearted attempt in the ending, leaving the others open. While I'm ok with an author leaving things open for the reader's imagination, there is an obvious lack of information given to the reader to allow for that. In other words, you can read enough to know the plot and put this one down; reading to the end might be an exercise in frustration for some.
Jul 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-wyoming
Joe is once again assigned to help the governor on special projects. However, this time it’s a new governor who is a slimeball. His principal assignment is to find a missing English tourist who disappeared after leaving an exclusive dude ranch months ago. Joe goes south to the Colorado border during winter and immediately things go south.

Plus there’s something shady going on in a nearby town with a smelter furnace. As usual it’s a fast paced plot that has you turning the pages. Some dots connect
Wendy Hearder-moan
I was afraid this was going to turn out to be another of those serial killer stories that I seem to be getting lately and I’m so glad it didn’t. Ostensibly the case concerns the disappearance of a British woman vacationing at posh resort. But that becomes less important than other considerations. Along the way we learn a lot about wind farms and golden eagles, proving once again that when it comes to the environment, nothing is black and white. Green energy sounds great, but isn’t there a proble ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CJ Box is probably my #1 favorite author. I have loved every single one of his books and as soon as they come out, I read them immediately. And too fast.

"The Disappeared" is no different. The continued story of WY Game Warden Joe Pickett and his family and, of course, Nate Romanowski, is still as interesting, funny, and heartwarming as the very first one in the series. I hope Mr. Box is around for a very long time and continues this beloved Pickett saga.

Just wish he wrote a little bit faster . .
Sharon Huether
Jul 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, suspence
This story took me by surprise. When reading in the beginning of the book my mind was thinking
something intirely different.
A highly known English woman gone missing from the Guest Ranch.
Files were missing from an office.
The Game Warden supposed to be retiring.
A witness, remembering a license plate number and the smell from the furnace.
All of these events flowed as the author draws the reader into the everchanging landscapes of Wyoming.
David Highton
Apr 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another adventure for Joe Pickett as he tangles with the new Governor and one of his major backers, while he searches for a missing British glamorous businesswoman
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 bitter cold stars!

The Disappeared by C.J. Box is a perplexing mystery about a missing person's case in Wyoming. Although this latest release is the eighteenth novel in the Joe Pickett series, it can easily be read as standalone.

Joe Pickett is uneasy when new Governor Colter Allen wants him to look into the still unsolved disappearance of Kate Shelford-Longden. The  high profile British ad agency CEO vanished on her way to the Denver airport after spending a week at upscale dude ranch outside
Chris Conley
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Joe Pickett. I love Nate. Mary Beth, Lucy and Sheridan are wonderful. This was, as usual, an interesting multi-leveled story. However, I did not like the ending.
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
#18 in the Joe Pickett series. Author Box has served up an above average entry in this 2018 addition to the WY game warden series. Joe is his usual dependable, hard working character and this time out has substantial help from daughter Sheridan and friend Nate Romanowski, and interesting new characters Bartender Kim Miler and lumber mill owner Jeb Pryor. I don't know that author Box had Donald Trump in mind when writing about new Governor Colter Allen, but I couldn't get Trump out of my mind whi ...more
Rachel Jerdin
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There has to be a follow up soon!

I've enjoyed all the Joe Pickett books. This one is a little different. As you read his books, his family gets older and who is involved changes. The oldest daughter works at a high end guest ranch having finished college and not ready to make a decision on a career. There are a variety of occurrences that gives you a feeling there may be a conspiracy going on. I'm anxious for a follow up since much was not resolved. I have an idea on what could happen, but I've
Rex Fuller
Apr 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Joe Pickett gets tabbed to investigate the disappearance of British female executives from a dude ranch and the deaths of bald and golden eagles. Of course, he's hamstrung by government authorities above the local level, and victimized by his mother-in-law's nastiest trick yet. His friend, Nate Romanowski the falconer with a Wyoming Express hand cannon in a shoulder rig helps. But you just know beneath his stumbling appearance, Joe is ahead of the game.

Despite uncharacteristic plot weaknesses -
Ron S
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: wyoming, game-warden
Another installment in the series about a Wyoming game warden, this is good read for a snowbound weekend by the woodstove.
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Game Warden Joe Pickett has a new boss. Above her is a new boss as well as Wyoming has a newly elected Governor. Governor Colter Allen and Pickett recently got off on the wrong foot. Pickett isn’t thrilled that he has been summoned to meet the Governor’s plane on landing in Saddlestring. Governor Allen is all too typical of many politicians these days in that he is all style and flash and of little substance and character. There are questions regarding his actual net worth, business dealings, an ...more
Jim Angstadt
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Disappeared (Joe Pickett #18)
C.J. Box

This was a little disappointing. The author started dropping obvious clues right from the beginning. The new state governor and his lackeys are stereotypes, as are a couple of thugs, and big business in the form of a wind farm. The missing UK businesswoman character is simply not believable.

Fortunately, Nate Romanowski continues continues in his role of Deus ex Machina. And Sheridan, Joe Pickett's oldest daughter, now working at a 5+ star dude ranch, has
Tom Swift
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not much to add here, another good installment of the very popular Joe Pickett series. Joe always seems to find himself in sticky situations, and C.J. Box always delivers a fun story.
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: box
three forty-three pee em the 29th of march 2018 thursday afternoon finished good read four stars i really liked it kindle owned. these stories from box are a blast. have enjoyed every one of them, have read them all and have to wait for one to come out. i hope there are more. this one finishes up with this that the other...could be whatever finishing touches need to be addressed will be so in the next installment...although the story is finished here after a fashion. this one has more than one s ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Looking for another great read?

Then you should definitely be checking out the latest novel from author C. J. Box in his Joe Pickett series.

As "The Disappeared" opens, Pickett is waiting to meet the new governor, Colter Allen and his chief aide Connor Hanlon. Pickett is still operating as the "range rider" for the governor's office but after refusing to play politics with a previous "request" from Governor Allen, our favorite game warden finds himself on the outside looking in.

So when he's tempo
Ariana Fae
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was so fun to drop back into Joe Pickett's world in THE DISAPPEARED. As usual trouble always seems to find Joe Pickett, or should I say follows him. C.J Box once again places Joe in a situation in which it is more than it seems.

There was a lot happening in this story: finding a missing well known British executive, dealing with a new governor and his right hand side who dislikes Joe, and Nate Romanowski asking Joe for help with a conspiracy theory. As much as I was entertained by those plots,
Apr 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was very disappointed by the previous novel of the series .. The series of Joe Pickett is decidedly very uneven, since with this 18th adventure of Joe we return to fundamentals: a winter survey in a corner of Wyoming that we had not yet explored in the company of the game warden.
There is a lot of rhythm, suspense, we do not dwell more than necessary on the bad guys, Nate is present but remains almost all along in a probable register, the usual themes (ecology, corruption) are well treated. She
Andy Plonka
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: src
Although I keep thinking Box will run out of ideas for problems that Joe Pickett can be engaged in but each time he comes up with some new environmental problem which needs his attention. His Friend Nate, who is a law unto himself, has a pivotal role in this one.
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another winner in the Joe Pickett series

I enjoy this author and this series so much. This is #18 in the Joe Pickett series and the stories have stayed consistently strong.

Game Warden Joe Pickett of the Wyoming Fish and Game Department just attended a clandestine meeting with the new Wyoming governor who wants Joe to head from his district surrounding Saddlestring, Wyoming over to Saratoga, Wyoming to look into the disappearance of a missing British businesswoman from a deluxe ranch resort, where
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
I tried to make this one last a little bit. Now I have to wait another year for the next Joe Pickett tale. and this one ended a little abruptly! I hope Mr. Box will tie some stuff together a the beginning of the next story. I love Joe's relationship with his family, but especially with his oldest daughter, Sheridan. She figures quite heavily in this story of a missing English woman, furious falconers (yes...Nate is in this one, too), corrupt government and a huge wind farm. Whew...that's quite a ...more
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joe Pickett once again saves the day! Though, it does take a little help from his old friend, Nate, and his darling daughter, Sheridan, this time. Only C.J. Box can twist a simple missing persons tale into greater, ecological, political issues of the day, as smoothly and swiftly as the wind across the wide open Wyoming spaces. Fill in the spaces with selfish Brits, idiot politicians, dope headed bunglers, and a good beer now and'll find yourself in the midst of another satisfying read ...more
Jaimie Hall
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of Box' best. Joe is sent by the new governor - an obnoxious man with an even more obnoxious assistant - to Saratoga to find a wealthy British woman who had been gone for months after leaving a high end dude ranch resort. Odd things, like the fact that the previous Fish and Wildlife employee and a law enforcement person working the case in the area were now gone, plus a redacted file, make Joe wonder what is going on. Joe's daughter, Sheridan, works there and Nate shows up. Good writing, lov ...more
Tom Fritts
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
C.J. Box wrote a very suspenseful book. It was hard to put it down.
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C. J. Box is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 24 novels including the Joe Pickett series. He won the Edgar Alan Poe Award for Best Novel (Blue Heaven, 2009) as well as the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, two Barry Awards, and the 2010 Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association Award for fiction. He was recently awarded the ...more

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