An Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Award winner, C. J. Box delivers the second pulse-pounding installment in his critically acclaimed series. While investigating a string of bizarre murders, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is forced to flee across treacherous terrain with a deadly tracker on his trail.
He's game: solve another mystery with Joe Pickett.
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"Picturesque detailing, admirable prose, and agitating suspense demonstrate the appeal of this follow-up to Box’s Edgar nominated debut." (Library Journal)
"Laconic Joe Pickett returns to his slightly offbeat duties in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains in C. J. Box's Savage Run. Joe is called to the scene when an exploding cow kills a famous ecoterrorist, Stewie Woods, and his bride of three days, who were peacefully spiking trees. A visit to the cow's pugnacious owner leaves Joe defensive, angry, and curious: Why doesn't the rancher ask any questions about the bizarre accident that happened on his land? Then Joe's wife, Marybeth, begins receiving phone calls from her high-school boyfriend - the peculiarly healthy-sounding Stewie Woods. Stewie may or may not be alive, but his old pal Hayden Powell and other environmental activists are all turning up deceased in strange circumstances. As the body count climbs, Joe tries to sort out the bad guys, the good guys, and the truly dead guys in this sometimes funny, sometimes angry [novel]. Box depicts the spare beauty and cussed individualism of the intermountain West with the sure hand of a seasoned writer." (Amazon.com review)
Open Season by the same author was a pretty decent book, Savage Run also has excellent ratings and I can’t imagine why. In the first twenty minutes I’ve heard half a dozen highly improbable things and at least as many completely impossible things. Suspension of disbelief is one thing. Expecting the reader to be as gullible as a slow-witted five year old is insulting.
Classic conflict between city slicker "ranchers" and environmentalists. The irony is using animals that an environmentalist is supporting to kill those same environmentalists (with plenty of human help).
I liked the presentation of all sorts of bad guys on all sides of the political spectrum. Wolves presented as the killers that they are. Fisherman taking far more fish than needed to have a meal of fresh caught trout. Good people doing bad things because the payday is just too good. Lawyers who know how to game the legal system so that laws apply to everyone but them.
I would like to see all parties out in the forest to see things for themselves away from cities and technologies. Only then can good laws be made that find a good balance among the parties. Fat chance.
Old Broad with Keyboard
Shocking. Believable. Good.
There was one night in the middle of the book that I stayed up till dawn just to listen.
He really doesn't do females very well. I think he'd be better off just reading the female part or softening his voice a bit rather than try to BE a female voice. It annoyed me.
No. But it sure was tense there a few times!! And I couldn't shut it down.
I think I'm going to like this series a whole lot.
When Joe was leading his wife's ex boyfriend thru the canyon wall climb
The cabin scene
Another rock-solid mystery/adventure from C.J. Box.
This one pits radical environmental saboteurs and a newly-revived group of ranchers and wealthy landowners against each other, with the methodical but values-driven Joe Pickett and his family caught in the middle. The wealthy ranchers, tired of losing most of their battles to encroach on wilderness through ranching and development, have hired a "cattle detective" to hunt down infamous environmental activists. The cattle detective is right out of the past of the American West - 100 years ago they were lethal Pinkertons hired to deliver ignoble deaths to cattle rustlers and take the romance out of being an outlaw.
As in his previous books, Box paints unflattering portrayals of corrupt exploiters of the land and also of privileged environmentalists who don't see the nuance and real people behind the land and water issues in the West. He doesn't like extremists on either end of the political spectrum.
Box does a great job with his characters - even 10 year old Sheridan is thoughtfully drawn. His eco-terrorist/ex boyfriend Stewie Woods is particularly interesting - both exasperating and funny. Pickett himself is a likable Everyman with both courage and integrity, and he's also doggedly stubborn which is what it takes in these novels to beat the bad guys.
I haven't decided yet what to think about his wife, Marybeth. She's likable enough, but she's also definitely a side kick - while she's a fine alter-ego to Joe, it is difficult to see how such an allegedly interesting woman gave up a legal career and hinted-at other adventures to live in ramshackle government housing and work part time, low-paying jobs, all for love. I hope in future books Box draws out her inner life and gives us something else to like about her other than as lover-of-Joe.
Performance is as solid and interesting as the story.
Tighter writing construction and better character development.
No... I feel time could be better spent with other novels.
The environmental aspect of the story line was worthwhile and the descriptions of the landscape otherwise the action drug along especially in the middle sections
My brother, a tree-hugging liberal, tuned me in to the Joe Pickett novels. Joe Pickett is more politically neutral than my brother, in an inter-mountain west outdoor-loving sort of way. Joe doesn't hunt but doesn't demonize those who do, and he enjoys meat as a part of his diet. If there are any Democrats in his portion of Wyoming, you wouldn't need to take your shoes off to get an accurate census count, and you wouldn't count Joe as one of that rare Wyoming breed, but if Joe chose to never vote that wouldn't surprise me. All of his family, the protagonists, are three-dimensional and seem worth caring about, a prerequisite for any series of novels. The narration is excellent, and the stories are interesting. Having now finished the first 2 books in this series I feel comfortable giving this author and this series my highest recommendation.
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