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
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.
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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.
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.
Listening to good books from around the world, in the comfort of home....
Boy o boy what a great story. CJ Box is a master when it comes to putting the pen to the paper and grind out a truly creative work. This murder mystery appears to finally enable Joe to give his snake in the grass mother-in-law a final good bye, but , yea there is always a but. This is a really good one and it takes Joe pickets stories to the next level
Excellent bag guys. Excellent heroes. No melodrama. Interesting murder. Nice location. Believable narrator. Moved right along.
I liked this book because C J Box is a suspenseful writer. He keeps you off guard. You think you know the answers but he keeps throwing curves to keep you off guard.
One of my top ten.
Nate. I love this mystery bird man.
Nate again. I love that sexy voice.
I listen in the car and when I am hiking. I really do hate to take my ear buds out.
This book was the best. Full of things going on, new things happening to our favorite characters. Can't wait for the next one.
the only thing wrong is that I am running out of Joe Pickett novels to read....they have become part of my routine having lived in the backwoods Montana and Colorado
There are often comparisons drawn between Joe Pickett and Walt Longmire (author Craig Johnson), and after reading this, my first Joe Pickett novel I can say it doesn't hold up to the great Longmire books. Is it the character, or the writing (style/skill), I'm not sure.....I lean towards a little bit of both. The dog that is occasionally there, then never mentioned again for half the book. Or the cliche of the war vet gone native and living in a cave. I personally find Joe's personality is too vague and uninteresting -- I'm struggling not to use the word "milquetoast", and I think it's actually about how he's written;
There are obviously a lot of C.J. Box and Joe Pickett fans, so I'm kind of glad I tried it, but I'm also glad I bought this one on sale.
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