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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • HCBinVT
  • Vermont, United States
  • 06-12-18

Disappointing

This is the fourth in the series and the fourth I have read of Box's books. I found it the most convoluted and the least satisfying of the bunch. I finished it doubtful that I would listen to another in the series. It seems to me that in introducing the sidekick figure, who is part mystic, part special ops military, part falconer and part uninhibited purveyor of violence, and by resorting more and more to the inexplicable to explain his plot resolutions, Box is using Game Warden Pickett to "poach" on the Longmire novels by Craig Johnson. Trouble is, Joe is no match for Walt and whatshisname is not even fractionally as interesting as Henry Standing Bear. Native American ("Indian") spirituality in Longmire's hands is almost as rich as it is in the novels of Tony Hillerman. I also find the narrator annoying and get tired of the tone of voice which causes every other law enforcement character to sound condescending and even hostile toward the Warden.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Joe, the Game Warden is an all around good guy.

He certainly is the kind of guy we wish all our friends, neighbors and law enforcers were modeled on. The author puts Warden Joe in some pretty interesting situations . I very much enjoy following Joe’s adventures in his small town life.