Blood Trail (Joe Pickett Series #8)

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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.

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During elk hunting season, hikers in the Rockies can often hear distant shooters practicing their elk calls. This year, the mountains are quieter; the governor canceled the shooting season after game wardens found a hunter shot, strung up, gutted, beheaded, and flayed. Rumors spread quickly that a psychopathic anti-hunting activist is loose in the woods. As more bodies are found, horror rips through the hills, and the governor pressures Joe Pickett to stop carnage somehow, anyway he can. The eighth Joe Pickett novel is a corker.
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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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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
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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: 9781848879928
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (UK)
  • Publication date: 10/28/2011
  • Series: Joe Pickett Series , #8

Meet the Author

C. J. Box

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2008

    The Consequences of Justice Denied

    In Blood Trail, Box captures once again the best and the worst of people and their stories. Five hunters find that a long forgotten and shameful act committed twenty years ago has consequences. Randy Pope, Joe¿s boss, happens to be one of the men involved, and he chooses to remain silent about his suspicions. The governor brings Joe in with the 3rd killing when a hunter is found gutted and hung from a tree. Joe uses the extreme crisis, the closing of all state and federal lands to hunting, to get Nate out of federal custody when he, Governor Rulon, and, incredibly, Randy Pope bring pressure on the agent in charge. Nate gets released into Joe¿s custody, and Joe promises to do the right thing. He just doesn¿t explain what the right thing will be. Nate provides contacts and background and helps Joe unravel the mystery. This is an chilling, suspenseful, and totally satisfying read, and like the best of books, leaves you with a lot to think about long afterwards.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2008

    A Great Read

    Another excellent Joe Pickett novel . Joe is no superhero . He's an honest working man, devoted to his family and duty yet makes honest mistakes that often land him in hot water . I believe this is what I like best about this series .

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2013

    Recommended

    Another reliably enjoyable book by CJ Box

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2013

    May i join

    I am creamstrike expecting and i need a mate.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Moonshine

    Goes out to hunt and patrol.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2013

    Iceshade

    The shecat padded in "may I join?"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2013

    Great story!

    C.J. Box writes another intriguing tale with lots of action in the outdoors. As a wildlife cop he is more than the norm...always lots of crime-solving and his descriptions of life in the outdoors are great, as well as appreciative revels of the beauty of nature. Obviously he is well-acquainted with all things wild! This reader has read several of his books and they are all engrossing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Did It Again

    Another great read from C J Box.

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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    GOOD & BAD

    Great book but lots of the words run together. Hard to read! Not great recommentation for B&N e-books.

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  • Posted May 15, 2010

    A Great Series Continues

    Joe Pickett had been a game warden in Wyoming until he was removed from the job he loves by the director of the state agency He now finds himself living in town, owning his first home and a list of chores that need to be done. Living in town puts a strain on all of his family. He had become the "go-to guy" for the governor. After series of gruesome murders of hunters that pits the pro and anti-hunting advocates against each other he is called on to get to the bottom of the problem and quickly. Obviously there are a number of bureaucrats who have their own reasons to wish his success and/or failure. The flow of the plot is so seamless that it is almost as if I were watching a movie. The author has a wonderful, almost lyrical, way of writing which is unusual in a book with the setting in the great outdoors. The sections of the book that 'speak' in the voice of the murderer are so descriptive that you can visualize the scenes. As you can tell I really enjoyed this book!

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  • Posted May 6, 2010

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    Always a good read

    Ever since Blue Heaven, I have enjoyed C. J. Box as an author. Always a good read. I just picked up the new paperback and am saving it for a plane trip end of May. Very good writing and plots.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    The Life You Want to Lead

    This is the latest in C. J.'s series that takes you slowly through the life of a Wyoming family as they move through another intrigue.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    KEEPS YOU ON THE EDGE OF YOUR SEAT FROM BEGINNING TO END.

    I've read all the other books my other favorite mystery writers have written so far, so I was looking for someone new that I hadn't heard of before. After I read the first book by C.J. Box, I was hooked. In 2 months I purchased all of the Joe Pickett series books and read them.

    Mr. Box puts me in mind of LUIS LAMOURE. I love the descriptions of the Rockie Mountains and the parks that Mr. Box uses for his settings, his characters are all very believeable, and the tension in his stories is really thrilling. Whenever I've picked up one of the books I can hardly set it down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 16, 2008

    I couldn't put it down.

    We have read the whole series, but this is one I couldn't put down. When I told my husband that, he smiled, but found he couldn't stop reading either. C. J. Box puts out real tight stories.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 10, 2008

    Gut the hunter

    Joe Pickett, game warden, is tasked by the governor to arrest the person responsible for gutting hunters. We follow Joe as he investigates and pieces the puzzle together.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2008

    A truly great mystery

    This is the first CJ Fox novel that I have read,but I ordered all of his other books today. I could not put this book down, always another mystery ahead. This is just a great,great book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    Blood Trail is bloody great

    In my opinion, Joe Pickett is becoming one of the great characters of modern American crime fiction, approaching the likes of Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch and even James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux. All of them are strong but vulnerable, stubborn, idealistic, and singularly unimpressed with the bureaucrats and politicians they must sometimes answer to. They're also distinct renegades unafraid to buck the system when justice demands it. In 'Blood Trail', the eighth Joe Pickett novel, the Wyoming game warden is forced to work with his nemesis and so-called boss Randy Pope, the soulless head of the game and fish department who fired Pickett in 'In Plain Sight.' They're appointed by the governor to investigate a series of murders - including the gutted, flayed and beheaded body of a hunter found hanging in a tree - that may have been orchestrated by a fanatical anti-hunting activist. As always, CJ Box expertly evokes the beauty and majesty of his native Wyoming in 'Blood Trail', and also presents both sides of the hunting vs animal rights issue without intruding on the story. I think this is one of the more exciting Joe Pickett novels, and it is beautifully written to boot. Also recommended: 'A STRANGER LIES THERE' - winner of the Malice Domestic Award for best first mystery, it features a vivid desert backdrop that should please fans of CJ Box's colorful Wyoming settings.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2008

    A reviewer

    This was a very intrugueing read. It certainly did not fall short of the previous great title's from this wonderful author cj box. It has the mystery, drama, emotion and suspense that a great novel should have. It definitely will keep you guessing till the end and brings back some of the great past characters we've met. I have never read a better series of books in my life. I feel like i know joe pickett as if her were real.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2008

    A reviewer

    Great book and great series. Another great story in that Joe and Nate save the day. It has a great new feature, it has the view from the side of the killer. Great Suspense and action. A must for a hunter, fisher, and outdoor lover.

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    Posted December 19, 2010

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