A blizzard. A kidnapping. A debt that dates back to the Nazi regime. C. J. Box, author of the successful novel Open Season, presents this short mystery. A master of place, Box uses Wyoming to full advantage in this gripping depiction of good and evil. Performer Joe Barrett's husky, almost whispered voice matches the work's unsettling tone while his dramatic pacing keeps listeners on the edge of their seats. Mystery lovers will be swept away by Box and Barrett's cold backcountry story with surprises all along the way.
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In frigid Wyoming lies a mystery that stretches back to Nazi Germany. Lyle and Juan wait outside the lawyer's house in ski masks, pistols hidden behind their backs. Shortly after dawn, Paul Parker, an aged lawyer, and his old dog step into the cold. The thugs kill the dog, and take the lawyer hostage. Parker's day has started badly and is going to get much worse. Once a fine lawyer, Parker's enthusiasm has slipped with age, and criminals like Lyle are part of the reason for his disillusionment. Years after they last saw each other in court, Lyle is convinced that Parker owes him something. At gunpoint, Lyle and Juan make Parker lead them to the old Angler ranch, to open up a hidden library whose volumes hold the secret to forgotten riches, and the strangest war profiteering scheme to ever come out of the Great Plains.
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C.J. Box must be kidding with this one. Opens deep in compelling atmospherics: An old man and an old dog in a cabin with two criminals outside dug into a snow drift, waiting for the victim to open the door.
Box excels at this sort of thing. What a relief it was to hear it, having listened, of late, to lesser writers.
What happened then? Nothing even remotely believable, in terms of story. Something like this happened in Wyoming during the build-up to U.S. involvement in World War II. Yes, and so what? This is the kind of thing you might hear at dinner some night when everybody's had a lot to drink, and you think, briefly, that it's quite a tale. The next morning? No. Just because some version of this happened in no way means it's worth C.J. Box's time.
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