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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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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.

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    Jacque Lander, WY, United States 03-26-11
    Jacque Lander, WY, United States 03-26-11 Member Since 2010
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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.

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    Carol Bailey, CO, United States 03-14-13
    Carol Bailey, CO, United States 03-14-13 Member Since 2012
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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 2013
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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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    Diana Perris, CA, United States 03-15-15
    Diana Perris, CA, United States 03-15-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Love JP series but really wish he'd put the screws"

    Well all JP stories are great. Love nate of course. There is sort of a twist at the end of this but most of us who know this particular character will see part of the end coming. Just wish Joe would grow some balls with this character, have his handy dandy recorder turned on, and put the screws to this person once for frakking all. Tried to do this without spoiler.

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    Patricia a Faulkenberry 02-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb series"

    If only something would happen to that horrid missy person. She is the worst character ever. She shouldn't always succeed.

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    Greg Nelson 01-21-15
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    "Great Ride!"

    Great Ride! Awesome series of books.The narrator brings all of the characters to life.Buyingthenextone now.

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    John Wilsterman Atlanta, Georgia 01-01-15
    John Wilsterman Atlanta, Georgia 01-01-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Joe Picket in a town without pity."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Wind to be better than the print version?

    David Chandler is marvelous reading this novel.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Thoroughly engaged.


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

    His vocal renderings are terrific, especially the Boris Karloff Romanowski.


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

    When Joe witnesses henchmen placing a bomb in his truck.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to it. Now we have to wait until the next one.

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    Marie 12-31-14
    Marie 12-31-14 Member Since 2011

    Joined Audible three years ago and never looked back!

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    "One of my favorites -"

    Have to admit I didn't see the twist at the end. A favorite Joe Pickett for me?

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    Robert Comfort, TX USA 07-19-14
    Robert Comfort, TX USA 07-19-14 Member Since 2012

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    "My first Joe Pickett book by C J Box"
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Wind the most enjoyable?

    I liked it that Joe was just a regular guy doing a regular job, not some exotic fast gun stereo-type. I liked it that Joe Pickett was a family man in all ways. I liked it that things that happened seemed realistic.


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

    Nate Romanisky


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first Joe Picket character book I listened to. After listening to this one, I went and got all of the Joe Pickett series from 1 to 14 now. I am on 14 now, having listened to all of them in sequence, and this book twice, first and again in sequence. Have to admit I understood a lot more things in the book when listened to it in sequence. Each of C J's books seems an improvement over the last if that is possible. As I listen to them, I find myself saying to myself, this book is better than the previous ones. Each book seems to explain things that may have been left open in the previous book. Finally in book 14, I find a tie to my home state of Texas, Joe has a bottle of Shiner Bock beer. This is a wonderful beer from a small central Texas town and small Texas Spotzl Brewery. Thank you C J. Nice of you to notice something close to my heart. I would expect Joe Pickett to attend my church if he lived here.

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