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In Plain Sight

(Joe Pickett #6)

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  9,818 ratings  ·  530 reviews
Spring has finally come to Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is relieved the long, harsh winter is over. However, a dark cloud threatens to spoil the milder weather. Local ranch owner and matriarch Opal Scarlett has vanished under suspicious circumstances. Two of her sons, Hank and Arlen, are battling for control of their mother's multi-million-dollar empi ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 30th 2006 by Robert Hale Ltd
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Love the Pickett family and Nate. Book 6 ties back to a character in Winterkill as a lone family member out of town seeks revenge. Meanwhile local ranch matriarch is missing causing her two sons battling for control of the family empire. The river scene was exciting. What a bizarre ending!

Jul 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
It was a 5 star book all the way until the end. The family taxidermy was a tad too much for me.
The Cats’ Mother
I don't like reading series out of order, and this is number 6, but sometimes the book in the hand is worth two that you have to pay for, if it prevents me from buying something I'm not going to like. This came from book club and has been on the shelf for ages, and was another picked because no one would care if it took a dunking. Having read a lot of British fiction recently, I was ready for something different, so liked the idea of something set in beautiful rural USA, but this was not an enjo ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Joe Pickett is a Fish and Game Warden in a little town in Wyoming. He is consistently pitted against bad guys, his bitch of a mother-in-law, his bastard of a boss and the jerk of a sheriff in his area. Although Joe isn't the smartest guy in the world, he is straightforward, rational, patient and persistent. C.J. Box, who conjured up our boy Joe, is an exceptional author. Rather than the wilds of Wyoming, his novels could be set in New York, a Caribbean Island or a small city in Japan and they wo ...more
Rex Fuller
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was the best paced of the Box books I've read. It sped along. Thoroughly enjoyable. Outstanding. Really want to read the next in the series.
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And now for something completely different - a western mystery.

It has been three years since I last read one of C.J. Box's Joe Pickett mysteries, so it was time for me to check in once again on the Saddlestring, Wyoming game warden and his family. This is the sixth book in the series and here's a caveat for potential readers: Don't read this book until you've read the previous five; you will be lost.

Joe is still the game warden in Twelve Sleep County but that's one of the few constants in this
I'd heard a lot of good things about Box & thought I'd try one of his novels, but I couldn't finish it. I tried. I've been trying for over a month. The narrator could put a rat on crack to sleep & the story itself just isn't all that good. Possibly if I'd started from the first book in the series I would have had some investment in the hero, but I didn't have much. I liked him OK & felt for him to a certain point, but that was about it. All the rest of the characters were caricatures. The bad on ...more
IN PLAIN SIGHT (Licensed Investigator-Wyoming-Cont) – Ex
Box, C.J. – 6th in series
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2006- Hardcover
***Wyoming Game warden Joe Picket reports to a man with whom he does not get along in a town whose sheriff likes having the persona of a “Western Lawman” without having to bother with enforcing the law. The power in the town is the Scarlett family and matriarch Opal Scarlett is missing leaving the two of the sons literally fighting over ownership of the ranch and the town members f
Tonya Lucas
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In Plain Sight!!! Wow, wow, another Amazing book by CJ Box. I’m so glad he has written lots of books because this reader is HOOKED!!
Joe Pickett is about to have the past come back and haunt him and his family. This one is not for the faint of heart.
If you have not read this author and you love the great outdoors, intrigue, and solving a murder, sometimes multiple murders... well here’s an author who will satisfy all that.
Sep 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I had last read the previous book in this series almost 7 years ago. And for whatever reason, when I had started this then, I couldn't get into it and I had stopped reading the series. I gave this another try and while I was more interested in it this time, I still thought it could have been better. I also didn't like the short sectionings within the chapters. It reminded me of John Sandford's Davenport series, another series I have stopped reading. But it intrigued me enough to keep going and I ...more
Feb 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Love the series and the character...our "black and white" Joe Pickett living in a gray world...constantly tested by his rigid this one Pickett and his family are beset on all officaldom, a revenge seeker and local powerful forces of a family that could rivial Hamlet...continues in the next one I'm sure because we are left hanging!!!
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is the sixth full-length story in the series, so I feel like I know these characters pretty doggone well. Joe is working his butt off as a Wyoming game warden and not being paid nearly enough. Sheridan is 14 years old now and just as much of a firecracker as she ever was. Marybeth's business has really taken off which has really helped with their income level. Nate Romanowski the Falconer begins this story off somewhere after leaving town in the last book, but Joe has all confidence t
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
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PROTAGONIST: Game warden Joe Pickett
SETTING: Wyoming
RATING: 4.25
WHY: The Thunderbird Ranch is a huge force in the Saddlestring, Wyoming, area. When its owner, Opal Scarlett, goes missing and is assumed dead, warfare breaks out between two of her sons, Hank and Arlen. Each claims that he should inherit the land and each is prepared to go all out for his claim. Game warden Joe Pickett is convinced that one of them killed his mother. He faces another problem, though, when one of the Scarl
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Oh Joe, when will you ever learn?

Joe's oldest daughter, Sheridan is best friends with Julie Scarlett, a local rancher with a big spread and a really unusual family story. Though, to be honest, Joe and his wife aren't tickled about the relationship, they feel she's old enough to make her own decisions and stand by her.

Meanwhile, there's trouble on the Scarlett ranch, a local fishing guide, Tommy Wayman has tossed Opal Scarlett, mother of the clan, into the river. It was a question of fishing ri
Tory Wagner
Dec 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
The saga of game warden Joe Pickett continues in this action packed book. Joe's position is complicated by his strained relationship with his boss and he is eventually fired. At the same time a horrific storm forces Joe and his buddy Nate to battle both nature and a revengeful enemy whose ties to Joe and his family may end in disaster. This was a hard one to put down!
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Trouble always finds Joe or does Joe find trouble ??
He deals with a man out for vengeance and terrorizes Joe and his family. Good prevails!
This book definitely grabbed my attention.
Joe has to work for the awful Pope and the useless Sheriff. Making his life really difficult.
A local family feud is tearing the town apart while people take sides.
But in the middle of all of this is an evil man out for revenge.

The only slight problem I have with this book was the ending. It was a cliff hanger so I have no choice but to read the next book.

I really like the characters of this series.
Joe is flawed, yes, but he lives within a moral compass
Sep 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In Plain Sight is an exemplary thriller in great part due to Box' wonderful ability to craft hellacious adversaries. In this novel not just 1, not just 2 or 3 - but 4 potential adversaries. And that's just one family! The Scarlett siblings don't get along. And when you read this novel you'll see that's a major understatement. Coupled with a penny-pinching boss from hell, and with an even darker and more desperate criminal setting his sights on Joe - and his family - he's a desperate man himself. ...more
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Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mysteries
Would you consider the audio edition of In Plain Sight to be better than the print version?
Yes, because David Chandler gives the characters nuance and intensity.

Who was your favorite character and why?
My favorite character is, was, always will be Nate. While I love Joe, Nate has more edge. And the voice Mr Chandler uses to portray Nate adds so much depth. I cannot imagine how I enjoyed book #1 now.

Any additional comments?
While some may find the "old west" story lines to be fantastical, I love th
Jul 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't like to review with spoilers. Let me just say that for fans of the series, the end of this one may be disturbing. Not exactly a cliffhanger, but there are several unresolved plot threads, some major.

I was going to take a break from the series and return to it later, but now I think I have to go on to the next one.
Dec 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this Joe Pickett book, a pretty scary character is introduced. He has a history with other characters in our Wyoming continuing storyline. Because of all the references to the past in this book, I am determined to read this series from the beginning. I am attached to Joe Pickett's family. I admire Joe's character - but believe there is more to his story too. Can't wait to dive in.
Helen Drake
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another page-turner in the Joe Pickett series. Unfinished business from a previous book in the series presents Joe with a loco, bad-to-the-bone adversary bent on revenge. Author CJ Box definitely has a talent for creating unforgetable evil characters.
Luke Walker
Aug 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best CJ Box novel so far. The more of these I read the more I get invested in the main character, Joe Pickett, and the town of Saddlestring. Box does a great job of bringing in storylines and characters from previous books and always tells a compelling story! Highly recommend!
I love how this book ties back to a previous book when someone from Joe's past is out for revenge. He does it so well that it's not cheesy. And it's another great book in the Joe Pickett series.
As In Plain Sight opens, Joe Pickett is struggling to do his job as a game warden while being plagued by a vindictive supervisor who is determined to see him fail. Then Opal Scarlett, the matriarch of the wealthy and powerful Scarlett family, goes missing. As game warden, Joe should have only a peripheral interest in the case, but events pull him into the investigation and the resulting family feud. And then there is J.W. Keeley, a psycho killer who has decided to hurt Joe Pickett in the worst w ...more
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Book #70 - In Plain Sight by C.J. Box. This is the 6th book in the author's popular, engaging Joe Pickett series. As the book begins we learn that there's a new governor and a new director of the Game and Fish, and that new head, Randy Pope, is not a fan of game warden Joe Pickett, as has been illustrated in earlier books in the series.

Opal Scarlett, owner of the Thunderhead Ranch, has disappeared and Joe has to help break up a violent fight between her sons. This fight leads to continued proble
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’m in the mood to binge on some Joe Pickett novels. I may never get caught up on the series, but that won’t stop me from trying.

#6 in the series was a wild, wild ride. It’s a King Lear plot with 2 rich, influential brothers ready to kill each other to inherit the family ranch. There’s a revenge story based on an earlier novel. Throw in politics, a storm, and a game warden (Pickett) who’s at the end of his rope, and you’ve got a fast-paced Wild West thriller. Moving on to #7.
Gary Gallucci
Aug 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another fine page-turner in the Joe Pickett series. Straight-talking Joe once again gets himself in hot water with authority figures all around. While he's busy ticking off everyone with substantially more power than himself, a mysterious stranger floats into town intent on getting revenge against the game warden. The story starts slow, but keeps picking up steam. The last half of the book is difficult to put down.
Paul Meredith
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Mike Lovelace
Another great Wyoming story that CJ Fox keeps coming up with for Joe Pickett, the game warden. This one is quite different in that it results toward the end with Joe suddenly needing employment, although I expect with his next story that will take care of itself. Joes' family is slightly more involved with this tale, a slight twist that adds a good touch to a very interesting story.
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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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