Best-selling author C. J. Box—an Anthony and Macavity Award winner—earned starred reviews from both Publishers Weekly and Booklist for this exceptional mystery. Taking advantage of a legal loophole, a lawyer kills four people in Yellowstone National Park and walks away a free man. As the public outcry intensifies, the governor hires former game warden Joe Pickett to conduct a private investigation.
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Free Fire is the best of the three Joe Pickett novels I've "read" so far. The plot is complex, yet not convoluted. The characters act believably. Most of all, it's a fun read.
I am a real fan of C J Box, but this story was a bit far-fetched, compared to his normal plots. The whole conspiracy thing, the corrupt lawyer, the rivalry within and between agencies, the exploited legal loophole, the undercurrent between Joe and the female officer, was somehow a bit off the mark. Those who regularly read Box will enjoy it, but I wouldn't recommend this for a first-time Box reader. So many of his are better.
How does C.J. Box manage to write a book about gruesome murders and still make you want to visit Yellowstone all in one chapter? Someday, I hope to visit Yellowstone and would definately re-listen to this book again so I could take notes on what places to visit.
Joe feels so much like a living person to me that I almost hesitate to finish the series. It will feel like an old friend has gone away.
I like that Joe and Marybeth are able to put the past behind them. Joe is so honorable, I hate to see him being tempted by a woman. But his is also very human.......
Maybe some day Joe can meet up with Nevada Barr's Forest Park Ranger??? Just a thought.
It was pretty good overall. It did drag in a couple of areas and the ending was flat. I do like CJ Box and will continue to listen to his books.
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