Blood Trail (Joe Pickett Series #8)

Blood Trail (Joe Pickett Series #8)

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by C. J. Box
     
 

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Game wardens have found a man dead at a mountain camp-strung up, gutted, and flayed as if he were the elk he'd been hunting. Is the murder the work of a deranged anti-hunting activist or of a lone psychopath with a personal vendetta? Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is the man to track the murderer and stop him before someone declares open season on humans.See more details below

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Game wardens have found a man dead at a mountain camp-strung up, gutted, and flayed as if he were the elk he'd been hunting. Is the murder the work of a deranged anti-hunting activist or of a lone psychopath with a personal vendetta? Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is the man to track the murderer and stop him before someone declares open season on humans.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Box...spins a story crammed with shock and suspense."
-SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

"Box knows what readers expect and delivers it with a flourish."
-CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

"An original voice."
-MICHAEL CONNELLY

"A killer opening."
-TAMPA TRIBUNE

"[Box] continues to be red-hot."
-BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW)

"Box ratchets up the suspense in this tightly plotted example of his writing genius."
-LIBRARY JOURNAL

Booklist
Box sets the standards so high with his Joe Pickett series. . . . Box is a master at working New West issues into his stories . . . exploring pro and con arguments without missing a storytelling beat . . . he's forged a perfect alloy of familiar and fresh. . . . Once again, recommended for practically everybody.
New York Times Book Review
Praise for C. J. Box's Free Fire "Joe doesn't let us down, leading us on an exhilarating tour. . . .
Publishers Weekly
Box's disappointing eighth installment of the celebrated Joe Pickett series is a suspenseful journey which casts our hero in a brutal murder investigation that may lead to his own demise. David Chandler reads with great dedication and clarity to the tale, but he is simply not Joe Pickett. Chandler's voice is that of a Broadway star, not a Wyoming game warden, and the story suffers because of it. There is no attempt at even the slightest mid-western dialect here; Chandler drones on and on in a monotone voice that is more likely to put listeners to bed than at the edge of their seats. When the narrator seems less than enthused with a story, the audience stands no chance. A Putnam hardcover (Reviews, Mar. 17).
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Library Journal

When a hunter is butchered in Wyoming, game warden Joe Pickett and his boss, Randy Pope, set off to investigate. Soon, it becomes clear that someone is systematically killing hunters. Caught between the people who hunt and those who are opposed to hunting, not to mention facing one of the most dangerous cases of his career, Pickett must find a way to bring the killer to justice before more deaths occur. Award-winning mystery writer Box ratchets up the suspense in this tightly plotted example of his writing genius, his eighth thriller to feature Pickett. His sense of place and talent for character development are on a par with those of James Lee Burke. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ1/08.]


—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
Wyoming Game and Fish Warden Joe Pickett (Free Fire, 2007, etc.), once again at the governor's behest, stalks the wraithlike figure who's targeting elk hunters for death. Frank Urman was taken down by a single rifle shot, field-dressed, beheaded and hung upside-down to bleed out. (You won't believe where his head eventually turns up.) The poker chip found near his body confirms that he's the third victim of the Wolverine, a killer whose animus against hunters is evidently being whipped up by anti-hunting activist Klamath Moore. The potential effects on the state's hunting revenues are so calamitous that Governor Spencer Rulon pulls out all the stops, and Pickett is forced to work directly with Wyoming Game and Fish Director Randy Pope, the boss who fired him from his regular job in Saddlestring District. Three more victims will die in rapid succession before Joe is given a more congenial colleague: Nate Romanowski, the outlaw falconer who pledged to protect Joe's family before he was taken into federal custody. As usual in this acclaimed series, the mystery is slight and its solution eminently guessable long before it's confirmed by testimony from an unlikely source. But the people and scenes and enduring conflicts that lead up to that solution will stick with you for a long time. More of a western than a mystery, like most of Joe's adventures, and all the better for the open physical clashes that periodically release the tension between the scheming adversaries. Agent: Ann Rittenberg/Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780425228081
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/05/2009
Series:
Joe Pickett Series, #8
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
47,878
Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
"Box...spins a story crammed with shock and suspense."
-SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE

"Box knows what readers expect and delivers it with a flourish."
-CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER

"An original voice."
-MICHAEL CONNELLY

"A killer opening."
-TAMPA TRIBUNE

"[Box] continues to be red-hot."
-BOOKLIST (STARRED REVIEW)

"Box ratchets up the suspense in this tightly plotted example of his writing genius."
-LIBRARY JOURNAL

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