Cold Wind

A Joe Pickett Novel
By: C. J. Box
Narrated by: David Chandler
Series: Joe Pickett, Book 11
Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
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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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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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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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Another great book with familiar characters.

It seems impossible for C. J. Box to write a less-than-entertaining novel. I have read the entire Joe Pickett series plus the Cody Hoyt-Cassie Dewell books, and all of them are just plain enjoyable reading paired with very good narration. There is humor and great warmth toward his cast of characters. We get to know Wyoming and the Great West very well indeed, or at least the version of it that the author portrays. The plots are interesting and hold my attention. I am a city boy and have been so all my life. I have never been anywhere near the locations in which these books are set, but the author makes me want to go see them. Between this and the Walt Longmire books there is an entire world encapsulated. The two authors vie for my attention, and I eagerly anticipate each new work. I just can't find anything wrong with any of these audiobooks. They aren't great literature, but they don't presume to be. They're just a great way to spend your time and your Audible credits. Go for it. Even if you've lived your entire life in Manhattan. The adventures will keep you turning pages and looking forward to what will happen next.

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Joe is a 5 star investigator

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

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What a great ending!

The Joe Picket series is without question one of the best series you can read or listen to. This is without doubt is the best one yet. They just get better as it goes on. Can't wait to start the next book. The narrator couldn't be better! Please C.J, Let the series never end!!

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It ain't no Longmire, that's for sure.

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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Good mystery

Excellent bag guys. Excellent heroes. No melodrama. Interesting murder. Nice location. Believable narrator. Moved right along.

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Slow start. Builds slowly

I would like for the story to build faster, maybe with more detail and move quicker.

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Suspenseful

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.

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One of his best!

The story is great it will take you through the twist and turns of all the many issues that have been going on in previous books and of course comes to a surprising conclusion. It's a page turner.

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