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It's an idyllic late-summer day in Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is fly-fishing with his two daughters when he stumbles upon the mutilated body of a moose. Whatever - or whoever - attacked the animal was ruthless: half the animal's face has been sliced away, the skin peeled back from the flesh. Shaken by the sight, Joe starts to investigate what he hopes in an isolated incident.

Days later, after the discovery of a small herd of mutilated cattle, Joe realizes this is something much more terrifying than he could have imagined. Local authorities are quick to label the attacks the work of a grizzly bear, but Joe knows otherwise. The cuts on the moose and the cattle were too clean, too precise, to have been made by jagged teeth. Are the animals only practice for a killer about to move on to another, more challenging prey?

Soon afterward, Joe's worst fears are confirmed. The bodies of two men are found within hours of each other, in separate locations, their wounds eerily similar to those found on the moose and cattle. There's a vicious killer, a modern-day Jack the Ripper, on the loose in Saddlestring - and it appears his rampage is just beginning.

He's game: solve another mystery with Joe Pickett.
©2004 C. J. Box (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC

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The first CJ Box book I read

Where does Trophy Hunt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top five, easily.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Trophy Hunt?

When it gets 'western.' Anything with Joe and Nate Romanowski with his cal. .454 Casull–the final showdown at the trailer.

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

Joe Pickett, I've gotten used to listening to Chandler as Joe and he does a very good job. Kudos to the characterizations of Mary Beth, Nate and Sheriff Bynum His characterization of Bynum makes your skin crawl. You either hate him or are beyond extremely annoyed with him. There's no way you can like Bynum.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were a couple of 'gotcha' moments with the cattle/moose mutilations. When I first encountered this book, I thought, "CJ Box is Wyoming's answer to S. Florida's Carl Hiassen." (He isn't.) This one is a little more 'woo woo' than most of his books. Still, a good solid mystery.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Twistingly Complex

This is my 4th or 5th Joe Picket novel by C.J. Box. And this may be the most complex plot of them all, growing deeper and deeper. Box knows how to build tension, picking up the pace as the climax nears until I find myself grasping for excuses to drive somewhere, run an errand, anything to have time to listen to more of the story.

Besides the main characters, Box creates amazingly memorable secondary characters, such as Not Ike, one of two black men in the town who people constantly mix up. One is Ike, and his cousin becomes known as Not Ike. Where does he come up with this stuff? It all adds to the deep realism that makes me feel like I've been to Saddlestring, Wyoming and met these people.

Great story. Highly recommended.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Stay sharp or you'll miss a major clue

Lots of bad boys and girls in this story but Joe and his wife still believe in truth and honor,
He sheriff continues to be less than honorable. Joes friend Nick continues to walk on the edge but continues to put his life on the line for Joe. Nick continues to teach joe'S daughter falconry .
There is never a dull moment and if your attention waines you will miss key clues to the solution to all the killings.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Just a great book in a great series

All the characters are becoming more and more rounded. We get more insight with each book in the series. If you like the Longmire series you'll love all of these too.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Joe Pickett at his best!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, because I'm never disappointed by a Joe Pickett story. I like Joe and I like his family. I like them as people and I like their values.

Any additional comments?

If you haven't listened to a book in the Joe Pickett series, do yourself a favor and indulge in one.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great!!!

Wonderful story...
We are working our way through stories of Joe Pickett. Love the setting and totally relate to the character.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great series.

This is a good series if you like the main character to have flaws. Not everything is wrapped up at the end of each book with a neat bow. The narrator is fantastic.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not up to par

I like the Joe Pickett series and am enjoying reading them in order. This one was a little .... 'less than' but still worth reading. David Chandler is an amazing narrator and for me he NAILS the Nate I 'hear' in my head. Kudos to author and storyteller .... I am so very tired of Sheriff what's his name and I despise K McClanahan but their presence in this one was minimal!! Thank goodness!! I'm ready to see what #5 brings!

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another good one

I like Box's work, and Chandler's narration goes well with the prose. The situations are unusual enough and complex enough to be interesting, the characters deep enough to be engaging, the settings strong and the prose eloquent, even moving. The bad guys tend to be over-the-top bad, but at least Box has some surprise villains here. The family dramas wear on me after a while, but some might find them the best part.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good. Liked it.

I'm glad that I listen to the previous books in this series first. too bad I'm required to fill in more words that I need to review this book.