Below Zero (Joe Pickett Series #9)

Below Zero (Joe Pickett Series #9)

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by C. J. Box
     
 

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New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box's Below Zero is the 10th novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. The telephone calls from her stepdaughter April send chills down the spine of Joe's daughter Sherry. Wasn't April murdered six years ago in a bloody massacre? Wondering how this youthful caller knows details only April could know, Sherry becomes

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New York Times best-selling author C. J. Box's Below Zero is the 10th novel featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett. The telephone calls from her stepdaughter April send chills down the spine of Joe's daughter Sherry. Wasn't April murdered six years ago in a bloody massacre? Wondering how this youthful caller knows details only April could know, Sherry becomes confused while Joe grows suspicious. Is the caller April-or are Joe and his family victims of a cruel hoax?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Edgar-finalist Box's ninth novel to feature Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett begins with a bombshell: could Pickett's foster daughter, April, who apparently died six years earlier in a horrific conflagration when overzealous FBI agents confronted a group of dissident survivalists (see 2003's Winterkill), still be alive? Pickett's 17-year-old daughter, Sheridan, begins receiving disturbing text messages from someone claiming to be her dead sister, and Pickett's entire family is forced to relive the tragedy. Even worse, whoever is sending these messages is traveling cross-country with suspected serial killers targeting people whose carbon footprint is too high. Still struggling with the guilt of not protecting April from her nightmarish fate in Winterkill, Pickett vows to save her this time, no matter the cost. Powered by provocative themes of environmental activism, this relentlessly paced powder keg of a thriller could be Box's best to date. Author tour. (June)

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Library Journal

What would you do if a loved one began text messaging you after her death? Is someone playing a bizarre hoax on the Pickett family? Sheridan, Joe Pickett's older daughter, begins receiving text messages from someone saying she's April, the foster child killed in the Waco-style raid six years earlier (as recounted in Winterkill). "April" seems to be a hostage of a deranged ecoterrorist and his father, and they're headed straight for Wyoming. Once again, game warden Pickett plunges into the middle of a topical environmental issue, putting his and his girls' lives on the line. Wyoming's immense spaces make a fitting background for another tense thriller, with the iconic Devils Tower holding court over a frantic chase through the tangled back roads of the Black Hills. Box's series is the gold standard in the western mystery subgenre (Blood Trail), and his latest is just as addictive as the others. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ2/1/09.]
—Teresa L. Jacobsen

Kirkus Reviews
Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett (Blood Trail, 2008, etc.) is at it again. Six years ago, April Keeley, the abandoned girl the Pickett family had taken in, died in a fiery shootout with allies of her irresponsible, litigious mother. Or did she? Suddenly Sheridan Pickett is getting text messages from someone who claims she's April, full of family details only April could know. Initially as skeptical as his daughter, Joe becomes convinced that April is alive but in grave danger once more. He'd been even more frantic if he knew that after a long string of dead-end foster homes, the 14-year-old had been rescued from a Chicago brothel by David "Stenko" Stenson, a gangster determined to show some kindness before cancer killed him, and Stenko's son Robert, a rabid environmental activist obsessed with forcing citizen polluters to buy carbon offsets, often at gunpoint. Box spices Joe's pursuit of the fast-moving Stensons and their unwilling companion with Joe's obligatory tangles with the governor's office, the FBI and his much-married mother-in-law. Basically, though, the tale is a tug-of-war between two father-figures over a young woman who isn't the daughter of either one. Though one of Box's plot twists pays off in spades, most of them don't, and the latest round of Joe's unending domestic troubles reads like soap opera. Despite incidental pleasures, this is the weakest of Joe's nine cases to date.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780399155758
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date:
06/16/2009
Series:
Joe Pickett Series, #9
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

C. J. Box is the author of five Joe Pickett novels, and has won the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry awards. He has also been an Edgar Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize finalist. A Wyoming native, Box serves on the board of directors for Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.

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Below Zero (Joe Pickett Series #9) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Katdancin More than 1 year ago
I have read several other books by C.J. Box and have enjoyed them all. The books are always filled with adventure and twists and turns that you don't expect. This book was no exception. It grabs you and keeps you reading from the beginning. Unlike some murder/mystery books, this one was hard to predict. It was a little violent in places, as are all Box's books, but nothing extreme. I love his main character and this is another one of those books you can't put down once you start reading.
MikeDraper More than 1 year ago
Joe Pickett is out of town when a call comes into his home from April. His family is in disbelief since April was killed five years ago. April had been abandoned by her mother when she was six. Joe and Maribeth took her in as a foster child with the view of adoption. Three years later, the Soverigns, a group of Montana Freeman survivalists took April back by a legal manuver. The FBI want to speak to the Soverigns concerning illegal weapons and are at their trailer. Joe sees a bad connection to a gas pipe and tries to warn everyone but there is an explosion. The authorites remove bodies of two adults and a child. Joe can't view the charred remains and believes April has died. However, one of the Soverigns escapes with April. She is then passed from one family to another and ends up with a family that cares for a number of children so they can get their welfare checks. When the father of this family makes moves as if to sexually prey on April, another girl, April's age stands up for her. The father then takes April to a whore house and sells her. As April is being groomed to work there, a man named Stenko arrives. He has a dispute with the owner and shoots him. Then sees April, who reminds him of his deceased daughter, Carmen, and rescues her. However, Stenko is dying of cancer. He and his son are traveling around, killing people who are harming the ecology. Joe sets out to rescue April, stop Stenko, and prove to April that he didn't abandon her when he thought she had died. There is a good deal of writing about the matter of trust in this story and it deals nicely with the relationship of Pickett and his older daughter, Sheriden. The plot is different, Pickett is an honorable character and there is a surprising plot twist at the end. Recommended.
Retiredhsewfe More than 1 year ago
Good book but lots of words run together. Looks bad on behalf of B&N e-books.
MaggieRM More than 1 year ago
C.J. Box is one of my top 5 authors. I have read all his books and I thought each one was very good to excellent. That said, "Below Zero" was a total bummer. Some of the book was C.J. but most of the book I kept thinking, "I can't believe he wrote this book!" The plot was way below zero and the dialog was very childish. Maybe this book would be good if one was in 4th or 5th grade. If this was the first book I had read by this author, I NEVER would have picked up a second one. So disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love C. J. Box's Joe Pickett series.  Joe is a little unusual from most adventure heroes that are found in most books of this day and time.....he has a wife that he loves and two daughters that he cares deeply about.  Joe is truly a good  guy, not a goody two shoes but someone with his priorities in the right place.  Joe is a game warden in Wyoming and the plots are sat in the outdoors of the Rocky Mountains. The books are filled with adventure and twists that keep you reading. Below Zero is no exception.  
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pinkgirl54 More than 1 year ago
C J Box is my new favorite author. I LOVE the Joe Pickett series.
Progdad More than 1 year ago
Starts fast and keeps moving. Recommended
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Excellent as always.
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An interesting concept of todays world. Has a good thought process and keeps ones interest. Good conclusion.
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