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Long Range

(Joe Pickett #20)

4.41  ·  Rating details ·  16,762 ratings  ·  1,311 reviews
#1 New York Times bestseller C.J. Box returns with a blazing new Joe Pickett novel, in which the Wyoming game warden must investigate a murder that happens on his turf--a murder committed from a confoundingly long distance.

The wife of a prominent local judge is shot and killed on Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett's turf. But as Joe investigates, all signs point to the shot h
Hardcover, 356 pages
Published March 3rd 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
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Jayma This really bothered me, too. In Force of Nature, Joe personally identifies one of the dead men as Ron Connelly. So you’d think it would be an importa…moreThis really bothered me, too. In Force of Nature, Joe personally identifies one of the dead men as Ron Connelly. So you’d think it would be an important detail to remember.(less)
Patty Jaacks Yes, you absolutely should! The author does a good job of summarizing events in previous books but you will miss out on the rich history and backgroun…moreYes, you absolutely should! The author does a good job of summarizing events in previous books but you will miss out on the rich history and background of Joe Pickett and his family and his work.(less)

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Christine PNW
The whole storyline about the grizzly bears made no sense and added nothing to the story.
The 20th book in the Joe Pickett series opens with the description of a bullet in flight. From the moment it leaves the rifle until the moment it strikes. 3.5 seconds. Once it leaves the rifle it is too late to call it back. 3.5 seconds isn't long but something can change between the moment the trigger is pulled and the moment the bullet strikes. Something the shooter could not control.

The scene shifts to Joe on horseback. He is part of the newly formed Predator Attack Team, a heavily armed team
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, game-warden
Joe Pickett is one of those characters you can't help liking. He still has his problems when it comes to government vehicles but this time it wasn't so bad. This is one of the best books i've read in a while and I'm glad that Nate got the opportunity to dish out some justice in his own way. It makes me really glad when an author creates characters and can keep new stories coming year after year. Sadly the books doesn't last very long. I have to thank #Edelweiss #GPPutnamssons and #PenguinPublish ...more
Lou (nonfiction fiend)
Mar 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Long Range is the twentieth instalment in the game warden and law enforcement officer Joe Pickett series, set in Twelve Sleep Country, Wyoming, United States. Each of the books can be read standalones without any issue but this is such a superb series it's difficult to see why you would choose to miss out on all of the other spectacular stories which were just as thrilling as this was. When Joe Pickett is asked to join the rescue efforts for the victim of a startling grizzly attack, he reluctant ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy these Joe Pickett novels but I need to start reading them in order but with the library closed, I can only read the ones I have. This one is the newest with a great plot that moves quickly. Box writes very intriguing characters and we get some of the reoccurring ones with a nice mix of new ones. Overall, a quick, good read that is a real attention keeper.
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another 5 stars exciting western style thriller. There are multiple mysteries in this one; the grizzly bear, the judge, and Nate -master falconer. Nate's story is a small follow up from the previous book. Amazing read! ...more
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Once again, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett gets mixed up in a killing where the suspect is his old friend Nate Romanowski. Poor Nate can't catch a break. He just wants to be left alone to train his falcons and help his beloved wife, Liv, raise their baby, Kestrel. (Gotta love that name!) As if that weren’t bad enough, Joe’s haughty, scheming mother-in-law shows up unannounced and trailing troubles of her own. Mr. Box is a writer who always brings his settings to life for the reader and I love l ...more
Sep 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An easy five stars. This is the 20th Joe Pickett novel. I have read them all in order. I have said it before, and I need to say it again: I don't know how C.J. Box does it, but the Joe Pickett novels get better and better. I hope the series never ends. ...more
Apr 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: box-c-j, pickett
LONG RANGE by author C.J. Box is the 20th book in in “Joe Pickett” series, and finds Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett assisting on an investigation into the death of a hunting guide after being mauled by a bear, and the story that the client provides raises questions into his version that doesn’t exactly match up with evidence found at the scene of the attack.

While in the remote wilderness area on the investigation, Joe is contacted and instructed to immediately return at the behest of the notori
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was first on the reserve list for this book and I got my Joe Pickett fix today. I am one happy reader! I love 5 star reads!

Three concurrent story lines in this one, 1) An elk hunting guide is attacked by a grizzly. So the book begins with Joe in the saddle assisting another game warden to retrieve the body. 2) A judge's wife is shot and Joe gets called back to his district. Good for the investigation since Joe is so much smarter than the new sheriff. 3) Falconer Nate and his family are in dang
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was sorry when this was over as I wanted more! Now I have to wait for the next one. Read it to take your mind off everything if you can get a copy. Our libraries are now all closed which sure surprised me. I didn't expect them to close. ...more
Barbara Zannini
Mar 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
If I could give this ten stars I would! Excellent series!
Jan 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another exciting ride with CJ - his books never disappoint!! Read several of his earlier books, but I haven't read any of his recent books - not sure why - but this refreshed my memory of how much really I enjoy them! So many books - so little time..... I have to go back and catch-up!! ...more
Chris Conley
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness. I simply adore Joe Pickett and all his family and friends. This book has the usual wide range of information about elements of life in the modern west. This series is astonishing!!
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Number 20 in the Joe Pickett series, and what a fabulous journey it has been with Joe and family and his friend, Nate. I just love Joe, a man of few words. In fact his favorite word is “Yup”. When he does have more to say it’s always well thought out and important.
All three daughters have left home and away at college. So being empty nesters, Joe and Marybeth, have adjusted very well to being just the two of them, again.
Nate, the master falconer, is happily married with a baby girl. In fact, th
Feb 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun. - P.G. Wodehouse

Author C.J. Box is back with #20 of one of my very favorite series - Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett. As always, Box writes a consistently exciting thriller. You would think that after this many books that the series might be getting stale but not so with this one.

Joe and his wife have moved into bigger company housing just as all their daughters are now in colleg
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I used to absolutely hate TV shows that ended with, "To be continued"...And, if anything feels incomplete, its the end of this novel...But, be that as it may, anything C.J. Box/Joe Pickett is almost automatically always 5-stars with me and this novel is no change...Although, I find this story at little derivative of some of the recent Craig Johnson's recent Longmire's when Walt must confront Mexican cartel murderers...Even the dust cover art is a little Longmire-ish...So, in this 20th episode in ...more
Vannetta Chapman
Sometimes I forget that at it's heart a Joe Pickett novel is a murder mystery.
And as usual, C.J. Box does a good job with this character, his job, the setting, and the secondary characters.

So I'm not sure why this one fell flat for me.
Overall I can heartily recommend the series.

Note: Some language and suggestions of adult scenes.
Feb 07, 2022 rated it really liked it
Love this series even though I’m once again, reading out of order. However, each can be read as a stand-alone as far as I’ve come along in this series in the modern Wild West.

First Sentence: The sleek golden projectile exploded into the thin mountain air at three thousand feet per second.

A grizzly attack causes game warden Joe Picket to leave his district and join members of the Predator Attack Team. Joe has suspicions about the attack but is called away before being able to investigate further. A shooter targets a local judge, seriously wounding the judge's wife. The shot came from an extremely long-range, and Joe's best friend Nate Romanowski is suspected. This lea
AZ Book Guy
Jul 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The series just gets better and better. Really enjoyed the previous 19 so I saved this for when I had some uninterrupted time, and as it turns out, getting Covid gives you plenty of free time. Of course only after you’re able to fight through the fog.
Some of Pickett’s mother-in-law comments were hilarious. Nate’s back, Joe & Marybeth are empty nesters (can recently identify and it struck a chord), and his usual character development, plot, pacing & tension are second to none.
For years I
Elite Group
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
C J Box at his best.

Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett, had almost reached the spot where a bear had attacked and killed a local elk-hunting guide when his mobile rang telling him to return immediately to Twelve Sleep County. The judge’s wife was in a critical condition after being shot in what looked like an attempted assassination of the judge.

Nate Romanowski is warned by an FBI agent that he on the hit list of the Sinaloa Cartel after he’d help take down the Wolf Pack. Nate has only recently
Laurie Allin
Jan 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, ebook
Two high-energy, fast paced, guns blazing storylines kept me plowing through this edition of the Joe Pickett series. Number 20 and I can't get enough! Although this one was an oversight. I just now read it despite it being out for nearly a year. I buy Kindle editions of all my Joe Pickett books because I turned my husband on to them too. He got to it first. He is a much slower reader and without a physical copy sitting on my nightstand to remind me, somehow it slipped my mind until I started get ...more
Tory Wagner
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great outing for Joe Pickett who continues to deliver justice through the Wildlife and Game Division. The reader is reintroduced to former characters such as Nate an eccentric falconer who often comes to the aid of Joe. A judge's wife has been assassinated and Joe springs into action with the help of his well-connected wife. As always, the descriptions of the mountains and wild country are breathtaking. ...more
Dana Stabenow
Apr 06, 2020 rated it liked it
C.J. Box is channeling his inner Stephen Hunter here--a shoot 'em up with long-range rifles. Nate's back and boy is he pissed and that's always fun. Good one. ...more
I loved reading about the exploits of Joe Pickett! What a read!!
Mar 22, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Long Range is an excellent addition to C. J. Box's Joe Pickett series. It has a very clever plot, marvelous new characters, the "old reliable" but wonderfully crafted old characters and beautiful writing.

If you think you smell a "big but" coming, you're wrong. No such thing here.

Very briefly, a long range rifle shot kill opens the book. Numerous characters fly into action including the curmudgeonly local judge, the newly elected and supremely arrogant sheriff, the not too bright chief of police
Dec 08, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have now read 20 of the Joe Pickett books, and like this one just as much as the rest. Joe was in the middle of investigating a bear attack when he was called back to Saddlestring. Someone was trying to kill Judge Hewitt and hit and killed his wife instead. Now everything has come to a standstill as they all try to find out what happened. It is apparent that the bullet was shot from a high tech long range gun, so there were no witnesses. Surprisingly, Missy makes a return in this book, determi ...more
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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 2016 ...more

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