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Cold Wind

(Joe Pickett #11)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  7,324 Ratings  ·  543 Reviews
The extraordinary new Joe Pickett novel from the Edgar Award-winning author. When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in- law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do-especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin.

But th
Hardcover, 388 pages
Published March 22nd 2011 by Putnam Adult (first published March 1st 2011)
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This is only my second C J. Box book but this is quickly becoming one of my favorite series. Joe Picket, a game warden, starts his day like any other and things quickly go from bad to worse. A gun shot, a horse running without a rider and then he is father-in-laws dead body spinning on a wind turbine.

When his mother-in-law is arrested for the murder, Joe is put in a very compromising position. technically he cannot investigate the case because it would be a conflict of interest. The problem wit
First Sentence: He set out after breakfast on what would be his last day on earth.

Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett, makes the very grim discovery of his mother-in-law, Missy’s, newest husband shot in the chest and his body being circulated like a whirligig toy from the blade of an electricity windmill. Missy is arrested for murder and asks Joe to help prove she is innocent. In spite of his dislike for her, he agrees due to his wife and daughters. Joe’s friend, Nate, has his own battles to fight
Mar 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Can't say enough good things about C.J. Box! I've gotten to meet him a couple of times and have been so impressed by how gracious and generous he is with his time to all his fans. Cold Wind's issue (there is one in every book) is wind power, government subsidies, and "skimming". If you are disillusioned with capitalism and suspect that it's all about who you know, not what you know, this book is for you.

Best line ever in a book: "Nothing spells trouble like two drunk cowboys with a rocket launc
Alex Cantone
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett identifies the body found hanging from a wind turbine as that of Earl Auden, wealthy rancher and landowner, husband of his formidable mother-in-law, Missy. She is the prime suspect, the murder weapon, a Winchester, found in her vehicle, is sufficient grounds for Sheriff McLanahan (with a view to his re-election prospects) to have her arrested and charged. But is she being framed? The key witness, former husband, Bud Longbrake Senior, has gone to ground.

The Earl w
Brian O'Leary
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Another good book in the Joe Pickett series. I really liked how he had two different story lines going at the same time, one involving Joe and the other Nate, and how the two stories came together in the end. The ending was also very good, including the set up for the next book.
Apr 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-series
Actually Three and a half stars. Eleventh installment in Joe Pickett series starts off very promising with a murder in the family and a hit on Nate Romanowski. Unfortunately, the denouement is a little too pat and unsatisfying. I wanted justice to be served. Last scene sets up next book nicely, though.
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: action-adventure
Things are not what they seem.
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
Dec 10, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-are
*My edition (same isbn) is being released Jan 1st 2012 in Australia*

Cold Wind is an enjoyable mystery/thriller set in the wilds of Wyoming, Joe Pickett is a game warden who reluctantly finds himself investigating the death of his father in law, Earl Alden. The local police immediately arrest his mother in law, Missy and while Joe i snot averse to seeing the woman locked up, it seems unlikely she shot her husband, carelessly leaving the gun covered in prints in her car, and then hauled her husban
Giovanni Gelati
Mar 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One thing I love is wind power, good stuff and fun to read about. Combine that with an awesome setting like Wyoming and Joe Pickett, and you have a dynamo of a novel. Check this out from Publishers Weekly:
“Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett must try to prove that his despised mother-in-law, Missy Alden, isn't guilty of murdering Earl Alden, her fifth husband, in Box's searing 11th Joe Pickett novel (after Nowhere to Run). Pickett's gruesome discovery of Alden's body is followed almost immediately
Feb 21, 2013 rated it liked it

The series is strong. For me it synergistically makes each book better and more appealing than they would be alone.

I also for the most part like the characters a lot. Joe Pickett is a compelling, complicated man, the daughters--especially complicated April--are great. I am not nearly as taken with Rambo Nate Romanowski; he is interesting, but seems more like a super hero comic book character than real. Some other characters are excellent, some (the Sheriff and his deputies) a little two dimensio
Oct 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012-books
This is my first CJ Box book, and obviously the problem with jumping in at the 11th book in a series is missing references to previous cases and being confused about certain characters. This happened a few times in the book, most notably repeated references to a case involving twins in the woods that I still don't get, and the character of April (I'm still not clear on who her parents are and why she's living with Joe and his wife). This didn't stop me from enjoying the book, but I would have ap ...more
Mar 22, 2011 rated it liked it
Game warden, Joe Pickett is back. He has just helped his oldest daughter move to college. Things are going well for Joe until his mother in law calls. Her husband has been gone for quite some time and she is worried. Joe offers to come out and help look for him.

When Joe finds him, it is not good. Earl Alden is dead. Sheriff McLanahan is quick to suspect Mrs. Alden, Joe’s mother in law. Joe must find a way to prove his mother in law’s innocent before it is too late,

Cold Wind is the first Joe Pic
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I thought this was a very well-written book, and would give it 3.5 stars. However, it felt as if I came late to the party with this one. I am sure I would have enjoyed it more i f I had read some of the previous Joe Pickett books in this series. I was not sure why Joe hated his mother-in-law, Missy, so very much from the past. It was mentioned several times, and I could see that she was a minipulating, cold woman. But something happened in past books regarding this relationship, and his other re ...more
Aug 09, 2014 rated it liked it
Joe Pickett and his mother-in-law Missy have never been friendly with each other. However, when she is accused of murdering her current husband Earl, Joe is pretty sure she's being framed. At the same time, Nate Romanowski is seeking vengeance when something tragic happens. Joe and Nate have been estranged and out of contact with each other, but their paths eventually cross in a startling resolution. One of the things that was different about this novel from previous Joe Pickett books is that al ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not nearly as entertaining as I expected. I thought I would always be able to count on this author. ):
A very large part of the story had an agenda. One I even know a little about and believe to be true. But still.....
Aug 21, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-fiction
The more of C J Box I read the less I like his work. He's a mediocre writer and his Joe Pickett character is mostly just irritating. This book had little action or plot and a lot of right-wing propaganda.
Terri Anderson
Apr 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this series very much. Box portrays Wyoming with an appreciation and understanding of its beauty, isolation and the independence of its inhabitants. Joe Pickett is a hero in the tradition of the great Hollywood cowboys, generally driving a pickup instead of riding a horse. However, he does ride when necessary and loves his horses.
In this series entry, Joe has to investigate the murder of his father-in-law, Earl Alden. Alden was a multi-millionaire landowner and media mogul who was having
I had read the first volume in the Joe Pickett series years ago but didn't remember it at all. Unfortunately, coming back to the series with the eleventh book left me somewhat confused about details. I kept wondering why Joe hated his mother-in-law so intensely (although some reasons become pretty obvious).

Some of the major characters seemed unrealistic and rather cardboardish. Sheriff McClanahan and Deputy Sollis are virtually the same people who have bedeviled a hundred other honest, caring l
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my first encounter with the work of C.J. Box and his Pickett character and I was thoroughly impressed. The mystery was well worked; the investigation by Pickett was ordered and developed so the reader was involved with Pickett as he worked through the questions and twists. The character of Pickett is complex, yet surprisingly simple to respect and admire.
Mike Worley
Sep 18, 2018 rated it liked it
3.75 stars, another good read from C. J. Box.
L.A. Kent
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyed this lots. As usual Box brings the countryside alive and the method of display of the victim here is not excluded from his descriptive abilities either!!
Andy Plonka
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Good account of the problem with windmills, not the ones Don Quixote had trouble with.
May 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett has wanted his meddling mother-in-law, Missy, out of his life for a long, long time. Not necessarily in prison on a murder charge though the prospect is a bit amusing to him. Something that his wife, Marybeth, does not find amusing in the slightest since it is her mother.

But, within minutes of Joe Pickett’s discovery of Earl’s body at the top of a wind turbine on the ranch that he owns, his wife Missy is placed under arrest. Not only do the police have the weapon
Feb 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
PROTAGONIST: Joe Pickett, game warden
SETTING: Wyoming
SERIES: #11 of 11
RATING: 4.25

It’s no secret that Joe Pickens detests his mother-in-law, Missy. In fact, that’s the way that most people feel about her. She’s completely self-absorbed and vain, with only one real interest, amassing great amounts of wealth. She’s finally achieved her goal through marriage (her fifth) to Earl Alden. Combined with the assets gained through her previous union to Bud Longbrake, Earl and Missy possess a mega-propert
Linda Munro
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been on my to-read list for almost two years; well I finally managed to read it. This is a Joe Picket, Wyoming Game Warden book. Picket is the protagonist of a series of Books by C. J. Box; protagonist in ever sense of the word, the main character & a champion of justice.

When Picket finds his father-in-law, Earl Alden (AKA The Earl) murdered and hoisted up & tied to one of his windmills; he calls local law enforcement who immediately tell him to refrain from disturbing a c
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
CJ just gets better and better as a writer. I am not a blind CJ fan. I have not been pleased with all of his books but he really has come a long way from his first novel. The story is that Joe Pickett a Fish and Game warden finds a body strapped to the blade of wind turbine. It turns out to be his mother-in-law's newest husband. Joe is asked by his wife to investigate the murder to help exonerate the woman he despises, his mother-in-law. She has been charged with the murder. On a parallel story, ...more
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
First, I must state I won this on First Reads...Now, this book jumped from page one and has not slowed down..enough to where I started it today and have been really slow to put it down...although I have a ton of other books to get through. The book already by the first 100 pages has a couple of motives and potential suspects! Just good readin'

The thing I like most about this book is that I have read one CJ Box book and wasn't that impressed, so I discontinued the series. I have been able to pick
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good outing in the Joe Pickett series. In this one, Joe's mother-in-law, Missy, is accused of shooting her husband and hoisting him to the top of a wind turbine. This is Missy's 5th husband as she has made her way up in the world. Her husband, Earl Alden, has played the system to make his millions and Missy has found out that he planned to divorce her. But is Missy being framed? Could she have actually had the strength to hoist the body to the top of the wind turbine? Joe sets out to det ...more
Jul 07, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-wyoming
A game warden named Joe who spends more time not doing his job. Interesting. Not having read the preceding ten other mysteries in the series I thought the Nate character living in the cave a distraction. But eventually Nate's lifestyle synchronizes with the murder plot around Joe's mother-in-law. At the same time I started reading this book there was an article in the news about a house in Cheyenne that is the address of corporations numbering in the thousands. That issue comes up in this book w ...more
Eve Nolon
Dec 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: audiobook, e-book
Eh. I'll admit that the ending caught me by surprise but I was so bored by most of the novel that it almost doesn't count. It looks like Alisha had to die to that Nate can focus on the Pickett family in the next novel. I didn't like Nate/Alisha but I liked Alisha a lot and would have loved for her to just break it off with Nate and move on with her life. Blah. Again, Missy, another white woman, gets away with murder. -smh- The dialogue between Nate and Merle was so ridiculous I read it aloud for ...more
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