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Cold Wind: A Joe Pickett Novel | [C. J. Box]

Cold Wind: A Joe Pickett Novel

When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in- law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do-especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin. But then things happen to make Joe wonder: Is Earl's death what it appears to be? Is Missy being set up? He has the county DA and sheriff on one side, his wife on the other, his estranged friend Nate on a lethal mission of his own, and some powerful interests breathing down his neck.
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Audible Editor Reviews

C. J. Box's newest best seller, Cold Wind, marks his 11th visit to the popular Joe Pickett series. When we are first introduced to the world of Cold Wind it seems to be this wide expanse of big Wyoming emptiness. The events and characters look to be products of small town thinking and petty local politics. Yet you quickly learn that there's much more going on here. Wind turbines are coming to dominate the landscape and the economy. Unlikely new players are amassing huge fortunes and influence. Where you have money and power in play, you've got just the elements you need for conflict, mystery, and murder. It's against this backdrop that Joe Pickett works as a ranger. Ostensibly his job involves counting wildlife and keeping an eye on the local hunters, yet his role also allows him unique leeway to act both as the law — as well as outside the law.

David Chandler has now narrated 10 of the Joe Pickett books, so he's very familiar with the New West tone and feel for the series. He has a bit of challenge with the number of characters here, but Joe’s friend Nate stands out. Nate plays counterpoint to Joe — they're two sides of the same coin. Where Joe is the thoughtful family man, Nate is the badass wild card unfettered by society and living by his own moral code. You see this particularly in Chandler's voicing of the characters. Where Joe is the everyman voice of reason, Nate is the low menacing whisper of raw emotion and animal drives.

In many ways Cold Wind is reminiscent of an old established genre of storytelling that's populated Western literature for generations. It used to be the promise of the gold rush, then conflicts over cattle, then it was the oil boom; now the next big thing shaping the Western provinces is wind power. With Cold Wind, C. J. Box helps continue this proud American tradition of individualism and justice. —Cleo Creech

Publisher's Summary

When Earl Alden is found dead, dangling from a wind turbine, it's his wife, Missy, who is arrested. Unfortunately for game warden Joe Pickett, Missy is his mother-in- law, a woman he dislikes heartily, and now he doesn't know what to do - especially when the early signs point to her being guilty as sin.

But then things happen to make Joe wonder: Is Earl's death what it appears to be? Is Missy being set up? He has the county DA and sheriff on one side, his wife on the other, his estranged friend Nate on a lethal mission of his own, and some powerful interests breathing down his neck. Whichever way this goes... it's not going to be good.

He's game: solve another mystery with Joe Pickett.

©2011 C.J. Box (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 03-26-11
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 03-26-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent, edge of my seat the whole time"

    The action starts right from the beginning and the suspense is tight and keeps you glued to the audio long after you should be doing something else. Literally listened to this book every chance I got until it was finished and right to the end was captured by it. C.J. Box is a very talented writer and this latest installment in the Joe Pickett saga may be the best in the series, which says a lot since the series is so good. The narration is great, the story spellbinding I would recommend this book without a single reservation. Already looking forward to the next in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jacque Lander, WY, United States 03-26-11
    Jacque Lander, WY, United States 03-26-11 Member Since 2008
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    "New West"

    We could always count on C.J. Box for great plots and his characters are unforgettable. Now, in COLD WIND, he also nails the nuanced ambiance of the real Wyoming, geographically and politically. As a native of that great state, I can't wait for his next offering.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Bailey, CO, United States 03-14-13
    Carol Bailey, CO, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "His best one yet!"
    Where does Cold Wind rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my top ten.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Nate. I love this mystery bird man.


    Which character – as performed by David Chandler – was your favorite?

    Nate again. I love that sexy voice.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listen in the car and when I am hiking. I really do hate to take my ear buds out.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Nampa, ID, United States 04-23-11
    Nancy Nampa, ID, United States 04-23-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Maybe the best yet!"

    This book was the best. Full of things going on, new things happening to our favorite characters. Can't wait for the next one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Colorado Springs 03-05-14
    Kelly Colorado Springs 03-05-14 Member Since 2011

    I have always loved to read. As a child my mom actually grounded me from books if I was in trouble. Noone can do that now. Yay!

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    "my favorite Pickett yet"
    What did you love best about Cold Wind?

    I loved that this story involved Joe's wife and mother-in-law, and that once again Nate is front and center. Recently the crimes Joe has investigated took him away from home which also meant that the people in his life -- Mary Beth, Sheridan. Lucy, April, Nate and his mother-in-law are peripheral. But without them, Joe has less depth. I like that these novels involve a lead character who is real -- flawed, imperfect and authentic. However, when his loved ones are further from the story I find that Joe is more caricature than character.

    This volume took Joe home and made this fan happy.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Never changes. My favorite character will always be Nate. Mr Chandler's ability to give Nate life is absurd -- it is that good.


    Any additional comments?

    The crime investigated in this installment was surprising. I always like when a mystery book author can bring in an element of shock, and Mr Box accomplished that here.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    SHEILA CLEBURNE, TX, United States 02-19-14
    SHEILA CLEBURNE, TX, United States 02-19-14 Member Since 2008
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    What made the experience of listening to Cold Wind the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the narrator and most of the characters. I came away feeling like I know a bit more about wind farms, and the industry. I thought the story moved well, no delays or tedium. I actually found myself thinking of the Longmire series. Somewhat comparable.


    If you’ve listened to books by C. J. Box before, how does this one compare?

    I do not recall the name, so if I have I was not impressed enough to have logged his name.


    What does David Chandler bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Had I been reading it myself, I probably would not have finished it. It did not excite me, but neither did it bore me. A good narrator can make or break an audio performance for me. The narrator here kept me listening.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No, can't say there was. But I can say that there were some things that I did find overtly lacking. During the entire book, when the sheriff had a "witness" the defendant's attorney never once DEMANDED or even sought to depose that witness. I know enough about it all to know that whatever one side has by way of evidence MUST be revealed, and the existence of a witness upon whom the entire case hinges should have been at the top of the list for this hot-shot, high-profile lawyer. I felt like the sheriff was a little lacking in depth acting so blatantly biased to the point of stupidity. Lots of loose ends, somewhat hastily tied up.


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the narrator! I'd look for more of his work in a heartbeat.

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    Amanda Victoria, BC, Canada 01-16-14
    Amanda Victoria, BC, Canada 01-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    What did you like best about Cold Wind? What did you like least?

    Not a real great story.. .kept me slightly entertained but that's about it. I guess ive ready so many amazing stories, hard to even compare these


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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 01-14-14
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 01-14-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Worth one listen"
    Would you try another book from C. J. Box and/or David Chandler?

    I would look into it. The narrator was very good.


    Would you be willing to try another book from C. J. Box? Why or why not?

    The main characters were developed a little. A little more background on them would be good. You don't really feel vested. All in all it was worth one reading not a second listen.


    Have you listened to any of David Chandler’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not.


    Could you see Cold Wind being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Possibly a series.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gregory PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK, United States 12-26-13
    Gregory PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Just terrible"
    What would have made Cold Wind better?

    Name it, more likable characters, faster pace, less idiotic dialogue with the children, main character that is interesting, plot and characters are dull as dishwater.


    What was most disappointing about C. J. Box’s story?

    Characters, plot


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David Chandler?

    He was terrible also but I'm not sure anyone could save this story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Cold Wind?

    Any dialogue with the insipid children and for the supposedly successful wife they made her sound like a simple librarian.


    Any additional comments?

    I gave it 1 star only because I had to. This is one of the worst audible books I have ever downloaded. No more Cox. This was the longest 11 hours of my life!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Virginia POWELL, WY, United States 09-13-11
    Virginia POWELL, WY, United States 09-13-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Weak Characters and silly plot twists"

    The author doesn't understand the difference between characters and caricatures. His mother in law was the only child of a man who owned numerous car dealerships in California? Box wants us to believe she lies and connives to get money from her husbands? She would be the rich one. It does not make sense. Then the plot twist at end was silly. A character that has outsmarted four men, would find a way to outsmart the fifth. Finally it is hard to accept Nate as a good guy when he shoots kids in the back. I have read plenty of eye for an eye type books, but they always kill really bad guys, not stupid kids. I think this is my first and last C. J. Box.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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