Synopses & Reviews
Award-winning writer C. J. Box returns with a vengeance in this thrilling new novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.
Its elk season in the Rockies, but this year a different kind of hunter is stalking a different kind of prey. When the call comes in on the radio, Joe Pickett can hardly believe his ears: game wardens have found a hunter dead at a camp in the mountainsstrung up, gutted, and flayed, as if he were the elk hed been pursuing. A spent cartridge and a poker chip lie next to his body.
Ripples of horror spread through the community, and with a possibly psychotic killer on the loose Governor Rulon is forced to end the hunting season early for the first time in state history. Are the murders the work of a deranged antihunting activist or of a lone psychopath with a personal vendetta?
As always, Joe Pickett is the governors go-to man, and hes put on the case to track the murderous hunter, as more bodies and poker chips turn up.
Bold, fast-paced, and with a controversial hookhunting versus antihunting activistsBlood Trail is proof that C. J. Box is an ever-rising talent.
Praise for C. J. Boxs Free Fire
Joe doesnt let us down, leading us on an exhilarating tour. . . .
The New York Times Book Review
Boxs absorbing seventh crime novel, his best yet. . . . Box skillfully weaves ominous scientific phenomena and legal loopholes . . . into his story of corruption, greed and deception.
Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Box sets the standards so high with his Joe Pickett series. . . . Box is a master at working New West issues into his stories . . . exploring pro and con arguments without missing a storytelling beat . . . hes forged a perfect alloy of familiar and fresh. . . . Once again, recommended for practically everybody.
Booklist (starred review)
"Box...spins a story crammed with shock and suspense."
-SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE
"Box knows what readers expect and delivers it with a flourish."
-CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER
"An original voice."
"A killer opening."
"[Box] continues to be red-hot."
-BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW)
"Box ratchets up the suspense in this tightly plotted example of his writing genius."
An award-winning writer returns with a vengeance in this thrilling new novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.
Game wardens have found a man dead at a mountain camp-strung up, gutted, and flayed as if he were the elk he'd been hunting. Is the murder the work of a deranged anti-hunting activist or of a lone psychopath with a personal vendetta? Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is the man to track the murderer and stop him before someone declares open season on humans.
About the Author
C. J. Box is the author of thirteen Joe Pickett novels and three stand-alones, and has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38. His most recent Joe Pickett novel, Force of Nature, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives outside Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his family.