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Out of Range (Joe Pickett Novels)by C. J. Box
Synopses & Reviews
Joe Pickett is attempting to survive his mother-in-law's wedding to a wealthy local 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 Hole is a far cry from Joe's hometown of Saddlestring — it's the epicenter for many environmental extremists and an elite playground for the rich and powerful — and Joe quickly finds himself over his head. Yet despite the pressures of his new job and his surprising and disturbing attraction for a married woman named Stella, he can't get his friend's suicide out of his mind. By all accounts, Will had changed in the last few months of his life, becoming violent and unpredictable.
Meanwhile, back at home, Marybeth is frightened by threatening phone calls and asks the outlaw falconer Nate Romanowski for assistance, not realizing she has opened the door to much more than help.
The closer Joe comes to the truth about Will's death, the more his own life begins to mirror Will's and spiral out of control — and he realizes that if he's not careful, he may end up as Jackson's next victim.
Out of Range proves once again that C.J. Box is one of the most original and entertaining voices in mystery fiction in the most riveting and surprising Joe Pickett novel yet.
"In Box's taut, suspenseful fifth Joe Picket novel (after 2004's Trophy Hunt), the Wyoming game warden is temporarily transferred from his backwater base, Saddlestring, to Jackson, a sophisticated tourist mecca, to replace warden Will Jensen, who apparently shot himself to death. Joe has his doubts about Will's 'suicide,' but little time to investigate given other distractions: a vast and remote territory to patrol, questionable practices by a hunting outfitter, pressure to approve an exclusive housing development on a wildlife trail and protests by animal rights activists. At home, Joe's contentious wife, Marybeth, deals with mysterious threats and daughter Sheridan's teenage angst. To complicate matters further, Joe's reputation as a hardheaded law enforcer, unwilling to play politics, precedes him. Unusual for the genre, the skillfully orchestrated climax doesn't include a chase and the conclusion is ambivalent. Adept at setting his scenes, physically and psychologically, Box approaches Nevada Barr in his ability to describe the West's natural beauty. With each book he creates plots of greater complexity, but in contrast to his ever more nuanced male characters, his women remain too often flirtatious or angry." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Joe's fifth case is his best balanced, most deeply felt and most mystifying to date: an absolute must." Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
"In the fifth installment of any series, even one this good, one might reasonably expect a creeping sense of routine. But, if anything, Box is getting better....Recommended for practically everybody." Booklist (Starred Review)
"An unforgettably tense trip into the high country....Box's depiction of family tensions rings true....This fifth in a series is a Western lover's mystery, relying heavily on guns and honor; clearly, Joe's the real sheriff in town..." Library Journal
"C.J. Box serves up a lot of red meat — some of it still raw and bloody — in Out of Range...intelligent...compassionate...The glorious scenery is a bonus..." New York Times
"In the crowded field of crime fiction, C.J. Box has quickly established himself as an original voice. When I came across the world of Joe Pickett, I was reminded of the time I discovered the work of Tony Hillerman. Like Hillerman, Box is exploring new territory. He is fresh, captivating, and has something to say." Michael Connelly
Game warden Joe Picket returns in a twisting, action-packed tale of greed, power, and murder.
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 extremists and an elite playground for the rich and powerful-and Joe quickly finds himself in over his head. Yet despite the pressures of his new job, he can't get his friend's suicide out of his mind. By all accounts, Will had changed in the last few months, becoming violent and unpredictable.
The closer Joe comes to the truth about Will's death, the more his own life spirals out of control-and he realizes that if he's not careful, he may end up as Jackson's next victim. Out of Range proves once again that C. J. Box is one of the most original and entertaining voices in mystery fiction.
About the Author
C. J. BOX is the author of four novels featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. His debut novel, Open Season, was a New York Times Notable Book and won the prestigious Anthony Award, as well as nominations for the Edgar Award and the Los Angeles Times Book Award.
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