Learning about the characters and their back ground
When Mary Beth got shot
On my seats edge. I didn't want to turn it off.
Old Broad with Keyboard
Yes. I already have.
The last couple of chapters were a real surprise. Without telling, the action was good, the surprise was great & it made me go out & buy the next one in the series.
there's something just a little dull about the beginning of the book & his narration is part of it.
It was a slow starter. I almost gave up on it but, I was working on something that I couldn't turn off so I hung in there. Then it changed into an action thriller. I enjoyed the last two thirds of the book immensely & would recommend it - you just have to get past the dull beginning.
I really enjoy the "wilderness law enforcement" genre. My favorite is Walt Longmire (Craig Johnson.) I also enjoyed the early books in the Cork O'Connor series. But Joe Pickett has become a wonderful discovery.
This first offering in the series introduces us to a brave, interesting, dedicated but all too human Wyoming game warden. We become familiar with his struggle to remain an honest man, provide for his growing family at poverty wages and successfully do the work he loves.
Also brought into her own is Mary Beth, Joe's wife, and his daughter, Sheridan. Her behavior at seven years old strained my credulity a bit, but not so much as to spoil anything.
The murder mystery is well-crafted and intriguing and C. J. Box brings the Wyoming landscape into sharp focus as a character unto itself.
David Chandler's narration is outstanding and his work has definitely helped bring these characters and this story to life.
Highly recommend and I'm now moving on to the second book, Savage Run.
good storyline, good characters, good suspense, good environmental information , good surprises and it all comes together nicely.
It's one of the best stories, in terms of an irresistible narrative and a current, mature understanding of the flaws in social idealism, bureaucratic protocol, and too-private agendas.
Not to give away the plot, when Pickett discovers the isolated high alpine field where killing had taken place to protect the greedy plans of the killers.
Again, not to give away the climax, it's where Pickett "disarms" one of the scumbags who has destroyed so much.
The story made me think of the importance of teaching children not to trust any adults with whom they have no established relationship. It reminded me of the strategy I used with my own sons, of developing a "password" question with them that would allow them to tell instantly if a suspicious adult was lying to them.
Joe wanted to be a game warden from his youth. He wanted to find the balance between what is good for wildlife, hunters and fishermen, ranchers and hikers. Those groups care mostly about their own desires. He did his job well.
Joe is not a perfect man or game warden but his instincts are good. He loves the forest as I do. Nothing is as satisfying as the water of a small stream passing by your legs as you present a lure. The walls of the canyon on either side of you and the beauty of the stream upstream and downstream of you.
Joe encounters bad business people, bad outfitters, bad environmentalists, bad sportsmen. But he follows his instincts to make the forest better for all those groups. Despite themselves.
Keep up the good work, Joe.