Joe Pickett's in his last week as the temporary game warden in the town of Baggs, Wyoming, but there have been strange things going on in the mountains, and his conscience won't let him leave without checking them out: reports of camps looted, tents slashed, elk butchered. And then there's the runner who simply vanished one day.
Joe doesn't mind admitting that the farther he rides, the more he wishes he could just turn around and go home. And he is right to be concerned. Because what awaits him is like nothing he's ever dealt with, like something out of an old story, except this is all too real and too deadly. When he'd first saddled up, he'd thought of this as his last patrol. What he hadn't known was just how accurate that thought might turn out to be.
He's game: solve another mystery with Joe Pickett.
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"Box inexorably builds Joe's harrowing personal quest into a complex meditation on human greed and government corruption. A lone black wolf, possibly Box's symbol for the wilderness within and without the human soul, tracks Joe throughout this terrible, beautiful tale of courage and compassion and culpability." (Publishers Weekly)
"Nowhere to Run, the tenth in the series, ranks with his best books....Readers should take note of their surroundings before opening this book: once they start reading, they won’t know what hit them." (Booklist)
If you are an hunter and outdoors person this book is for you. My wife and I have listened to all the Joe Picket books we can find. All have made me want more. Chandler helps to make these books great.
As a Wyoming born and raised and now a 70+ yr old retired Law Enforcement guy I have enjoyed all of Joe Pickett's adventures. This one is the Best. I don't know how C.J. keeps coming up with great stories.
Wonderful writer, great series, but this is the first in Box's game warden sagas in which the writer's right-wing politics popped me out his story. His agenda is always there, but the delivery is so good it doesn't matter to me, and I'm comfortably to the left of most of the Democratic Party. That missing runner? She surfaces to say she's been to Europe and hated to see the universal health care they practice, as it represents an intolerable loss of personal freedom. Ah yes, if you've been denied health insurance or can't afford it, free to get cancer and lose your house, your savings, your ability to feed your children. Box so obviously sympathizes with this point of view. Let's be free to have our lives run by insurance companies. The rich get richer and the middle-class disappears! Drink the Tea Party Kool-Aid! U.S.A.!!!!!
I waited for this book only to find it disappointing compared to his others. Not bad if you haven't read the rest of the series but I was not happy. I will continue to Read C.J. Box's books, he is excellent, this one just didn't get the job done for me. David Chandler was great as always.
Guitarist with The Prudes
C.J. Box is making a huge dent in my audible budget these days. I have found working through his Joe Pickett series immensely enjoyable and this has been one of my favorites. What I particularly enjoy is how the author handles the endings, rarely going to the obvious and (frustratingly) never quiet allows Joe to get the credit or respect he deserves. The balance between the hard wilderness men and the do good greenies is perfect, showing the deep flaws in both extreme positions. David Chandler is stellar, the package totally addictive.
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