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Out Of Range (Joe Pickett #5)

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  6,500 Ratings  ·  338 Reviews
Game warden Joe Pickett returns in a twisting, action-packed tale of greed, power, and murder.

Joe Pickett is attempting to enjoy-all right, survive-his mother-in-law's wedding to a local big-shot rancher when he receives some disturbing news: Will Jensen,a fellow Wyoming game warden and a good friend, has killed himself. And Joe's been picked to temporarily run Jensen's Te
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 2nd 2006 by G.P. Putnam's Sons (first published May 7th 2002)
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Karolyn Sherwood
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
One thing I love about reading is discovering a book you love by an author you've never read before. C. J. Box is one of those authors. (Ann Patchett is my other new favorite author.) I've never read his work even though I had seen his books in bookstores. Out Of Range is a great story. I picked it up because the story takes place in Jackson, Wyoming (where my WIP takes place. I wanted to read how a Wyoming native wrote about the same location).

Box is a storyteller, in the best sense of the word
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a big C.J. Box and Joe Pickett fan. Joe is a game warden in Wyoming. He is married with 2 daughters. Joe struggles with feelings of inadequacy as a bread winner: game wardens are very poorly paid. But, he loves his job. Joe is very independent and often rubs authority the wrong way; but he is highly principled and follows his own moral compass. In this book Joe is being asked to temporarily work in another district because of the suicide of the game warden there. He leaves his family and go ...more
Bill Lancaster
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-books
Authors such as Craig Johnson, Tony Hillerman, James Lee Burke and Bill Pronzoni and others have set the bar for mysteries that take place in the contemporary rural American West. C.J. Box is not yet ready to join them. Despite having written a slew of novels about Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett, this novel lacked pace, believeable characters and a compelling plot.

Though reading about the beauty of Wyoming was engaging, I felt that the writing was average and most of the characters outside of
Bart Simms
Mar 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
I found this one less believable than others in the series. I felt the characters thinly drawn, quite one-dimensional except for the outfitter Smoke. Joe seems more naive than usual and cannot resist putting his foot in his mouth at every opportunity. While he is devoted to his family, he can't find a time or a way to call his wife. (view spoiler) ...more
May 30, 2017 rated it liked it
This was my least favorite book so far, which is a bit depressing since the last book was my favorite.

For me I think it was the martial stress in this book. I know in a series that involves a married couple it is to be expected, but I didn't like it. For me Joe Pickett is the good guy with moral standards that happens to enjoy beauty in women. Who doesn't? My husband tells me when he thinks girls are hot and I never fail to point out the good looking guys. It's a good thing in a relationship. B
OUT OF RANGE (Game Warden-Wyoming-Cont)- Ex
Box, C.J. – 5th novel in series
Putnam, 2005 – Hardcover
Joe Pickett has been called to Jackson Hole for temporary duty. The previous game warden has just committed suicide. Joe's reputation precedes him, and he's immediately caught up in local struggles between the old ways and new. At home, Joe's wife is trying to hold things together at home, but she's receiving anonymous phone calls.
*** Box excels at sense of place and creating interesting characters.
Jul 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, suspense, wyoming
Excellent for anyone's choice to jump in on this richly satisfying series about Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett and his travails with illegal hunters, greedy developers, over agressive environmentalists, and looney survivalists. This, the second in the series, has Joe transfer temporarily from the Bighorn Range region to the Jackson Hole territory due to the apparent suicide of a fellow game warden and old friend. This turf is even more shadowed by politics and the egos of the wealthy than his h ...more
May 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, adult
I enjoyed this book, mainly because it's set in Jackson Hole (is that the Bunnery that's mentioned?) but also because I had no idea how difficult a game warden's life is. Yes, I did sit in on JH planning commission meetings and recognized some of developers' arguments. The book was a fun vacation to a place the I love.
Hunter Shea
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The best of what is already an excellent series!
Helen Drake
Another gripping tale of greedy elitist land developers doing dastardly deeds, starring my favorite fictitious game warden, Joe Pickett. I will go on to the next in the series but am taking a break from my new addiction to read a WWII saga....but, as Arnold says... ( cue Austrian accent)...I'll be back!
Robert James
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Didn't quite like this one as much as the preceding two books. Plot was terrific and the characters were again expertly drawn. Pickett and his wife show a few flaws this time out and Pickett proves to be more than someone who stumbles into a solution. Probably why I didn't like it as much because I kind of liked the way Pickett would come across the answers in the preceding books.
Bryan Schmidt
Aug 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fast paced page turner with well developed characters and some surprising twists and turns set in a unique setting. Well done. Recommended.
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-fiction, 2016
Another good story in the Joe Pickett series. In this one Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett has to go to Jackson, Wyoming to cover the area of a fellow game warden and personal friend who has committed suicide. Joe comes to suspect that it wasn't a simple suicide. He is soon caught up in trying to find out what caused his friend to become depressed and suicidal. While this is going on, trouble starts brewing at home, and Joe has to call on his dangerous friend Nate Romanowski to protect his family ...more
Je n'avais pas lu d'aventures de Joe Pickett depuis des mois et woooh! j'avais oublié les situations dans lesquelles il se retrouve. Et l'amour de C.J. Box pour le Wyoming, qui brille dans ses descriptions et s'anime au fil des pages. Et ça se lit toujours aussi bien et avec autant de plaisir.

Cette fois, le décès d'un de ses collègues de Jackson l'envoie en remplacement, couvrir un territoire encore plus sauvage et étendu, et le parachute au beau milieu d'un lot de yahoos plus allumés les uns qu
Lissa Notreallywolf
Obviously hooked on this series, largely because they focus on the motives of the people so well portrayed. Other reviews have covered the plot line pretty well, so I won't recap the actions of Game warden Joe Pickett in the town of Jackson, Wyoming. I will say that I enjoyed Box's critical take on the pseudo eco development, and his hostility to (artificially) greening projects to cater to rich investors. I also liked how lost Joe feels when he is not imbedded in his family life, and it demonst ...more
May 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
CJ Box does it again.

About a year or so ago I was ambling through my local library looking to find a new author. I’d seen CJ Box novels before but never tried one. I finally did. And what a great decision it was on my part.

When you take a shot and gamble on a ‘new author, (new to me), you never know what you’re in for. Out of Range is the 5th novel I’ve read by Mr. Box and I can now include him as one of my 5 favorite authors.
This novel is no different than other novels featuring Joe Picket. And
Oct 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Am giving Out of Range the customary 4/5 stars I've given the previous books in the Joe Pickett series. Throughout the first four books I've seen Box hone his craft: the plots have grown more complex as have the relationships and interactions between characters. About half way through this book I thought maybe he had overstepped it on this one, that maybe there was just too much going on. There's the Joe/Stella tension, the Mary Beth/Nate tension (or is there?), the Bud Barnum going off the deep ...more
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good entry in the Joe Pickett novels by Box. In this one, Pickett is called to temporarily replace the game warden, Will Jensen, in Jackson, Wyoming, after he apparently committed suicide. Pickett travels to Jackson and is embroiled in the midst of a dispute between a developer who wants to use open range to raise animals for slaughter, the former game warden, a group of animal rights activists, and many others in the community including a blustery outfitter named Smoke Van Horn. It seem ...more
Michael Altman
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
How is it I went so long never having any knowledge of C.J.Box or the Joe Pickett series? I see that his books have gotten rave reviews for a long time, yet I only found out about this series from a friend on Goodreads, and was looking for a new series to start, and thought to just give these books a try..


I have read a lot of mystery/thrillers, from Robert Parker to Lee Child to John Connolly and more... and this series is as good if not better than any I have invested time in reading.
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Out of Range was as intriguing as any Joe Pickett tale; C.J. Box never disappoints. This is the first book where I was as drawn to Joe’s family as I was to his current assignment. Joe is one of the good guys, open and straight forward, and labors with his more devious peers. His wife’s struggles with their pre-teen daughter and her own frustration are a good foil for the activity in Jackson and amplify the reader’s stress over Joe’s circumstances. This book was less graphic and more character dr ...more
Jul 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Joe Pickett may have bitten off more than he can handle in this novel! He is temporarily stationed in Jackson Hole, the swankiest of swanky location for a game warden. One of his best friends has died and it is his place that Joe is taking.

Immediately the situation turns odd. Joe feels weird, people don't like him (putting it mildly!), he thinks his friend was murdered, not suicidal and the town's main developer's wife has her eye on Joe.

Meanwhile, Marybeth and the girls are having issues of the
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I felt really sorry for Joe in this book. He is forced to leave his family behind and cover the Jackson, Wyoming district as a game warden after the previous warden surprisingly commits suicide. There are suspicious circumstances and Joe investigates. He is also having to deal with crooked outfitters. Good book.
Jul 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: box
10 jul 16 and yet another from box for me, another joe pickett story, look like #5 and i think after this one i'll be back on the sequential path...or not. maybe i read the latest j.p. story first? up against the wall.
11 jul 16 finished. great story! good read.
Ken Heard
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
C.J. Box has a talent of telling several stories in one tale. In this, his fifth installment of the Joe Pickett series, our protagonist travels to Jackson Hole, Wyo., to replace a warden who, it appears, killed himself. Joe has issues adapting to the more "cultured" Jackson Hole than his home district, which becomes a story in itself.

He also has difficulty communicating with his wife, both metaphorically and realistically. He is "Out of Range" of cell service and his calls to her are limited. Bu
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally published in 2005.

Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett has been re-assigned. Normally, he covers the area around the town of Saddlestring but he has been temporarily re-assigned to a plum location - Jackson, Wyoming - the home of the Grand Tetons and a well-known retreat for the rich and the famous.

While Joe is thrilled for the opportunity, he is not happy about the circumstances behind it. A fellow game warden that he knew and respected suffered some sort of mental breakdown and killed hi
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Game warden Joe Pickett returns in a twisting, action-packed tale of greed, power, and murder.

Joe Pickett is attempting to enjoy-all right, survive-his mother-in-law's wedding to a local big-shot rancher when he receives some disturbing news: Will Jensen,a fellow Wyoming game warden and a good friend, has killed himself. And Joe's been picked to temporarily run Jensen's Teton district.

Jackson, Wyoming, is a far cry from Joe's hometown of Saddlestring-it's the epicenter for many environmental ext
The plot itself was alright. Certain elements also worked - the stress of what land developers want, what politicians want, what guides want, want forest service workers are paid and what they are asked to do.

What didn't work is how radically he shifted the natures of both Joe and Mary Beth. Are both under stress? Yes. Is the nature of Joe's work and temporary relocation a stress on their relationship? Yes. Would both of them turn as self centered and unsympathetic to the other's situation AS W
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This Joe Pickett mystery that takes place mostly in Jackson, Wyoming is emotionally draining. Joe is seldom the confident game warden with the usual family conflicts and a game warden issue. Here, a fellow game warden and friend is found apparently a suicide. Joe gets sent off to a high pressure community with lots of wealthy big-wigs. The hunters and anti-hunters, meat eaters and anti-meat eaters are enraged with each other.
Joe comes out of it battered and you can't wait for the next story, be
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wyoming Game Warden, Joe Pickett is sent to Jackson Hole following the suicide of his predecessor. He immediately finds himself embroiled in local politics and an attraction to a local socialite...which doesn't help with his shaky marriage. He strongly suspects that his predecessor's suicide was not as it appeared. He has to battle obstructionist local law enforcement, high-powered developers, and outlaw outfitters. A good read and a worthy addition to the series.
Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book
Have read almost the entire Joe Pickett series, and think this is one of the better ones. It doesn't dovetail into the next book as some of the books in this series do. This book had a well-defined Joe Pickett story line. And less of a Nate R. story. Which was good and bad. But as usual the characters are well defined, the plot believable, and overall, the book is a fine read for the genre. Really enjoyed the narration on this one.
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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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