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Overview


ONE OF LIBRARY JOURNAL'S BEST MYSTERIES OF THE YEAR

In 1995, Nate Romanowski was in a Special Forces unit abroad when his commander, John Nemecek, did something terrible. Now the high-ranking government official and cold-blooded sociopath is determined to eliminate anyone who knows about it—like Nate, who’s hidden himself away in Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains. And he knows exactly how Nemecek will do it—by targeting Nate's friends to draw him out. That includes his friend, game warden Joe Pickett, and Pickett’s entire family. The only way to fight back is outside the law. Nate knows he can do it, but he isn't sure about his straight-arrow friend. And all their lives could depend on it.

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Publishers Weekly
Edgar-winner Box’s breakneck 12th Joe Pickett novel (after 2011’s Cold Wind) focuses on Joe’s outlaw buddy, Nate Romanowski. Nate’s been hiding in the foothills of Wyoming’s Bighorn Mountains from cruel and powerful enemies, harmlessly communing with his falcons, except when assisting game warden Joe on a case. Unfortunately, Nate’s sociopath former Special Forces commander, John Nemecek, a fellow falconer, comes after him with merciless efficiency and a crew of fanatical thugs, and Nate responds with measured but startling ferocity. When Nemecek begins interrogating—and eliminating—people connected to Nate, Joe’s family members become targets, forcing Joe to decide how far he can go to help his friend. The struggle between loyalty and law has always been at the heart of this series, set far from big-city legal support systems, and it’s especially impressive in this superior entry. Author tour. Agent: Ann Rittenberg, Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency. (Mar.)
Library Journal
Set just weeks after fugitive Nate Romanowski's double loss of his lover and a trusted ally (Cold Wind), Nate realizes that his former Air Force mentor is hunting him down and systematically eliminating all his known associates. A bloody confrontation along the Twelve Sleep River injures Nate and sets the tone for a series of violent attacks stretching from Colorado into Wyoming and Idaho. Getting ever closer to Nate's best friends, game warden Joe Pickett and his wife Marybeth, the killer taunts his intended victims. Nate, up against a skilled falconer, expects only the worst outcome, but still he perseveres. And Joe, always honorable, plans to save Nate's life, no matter what it takes. VERDICT The 12th Joe Pickett novel focuses on the enigmatic Nate, whose story mirrors some of the sweeping changes brought on by 9/11 and the subsequent wars. Edgar-winner Box has written an exquisitely designed, six-act mystery that uses falconry for its central metaphor without ever losing the necessary thrust to make this an absolutely riveting read. This is the best Box I've ever read, and I've read them all. Recommend to fans of Lee Child's The Affair. [See Prepub Alert, 9/19/11.]
Kirkus Reviews
The dark past from which Nate Romanowski's hidden for so long and so successfully finally catches up with him and his friend, Wyoming Fish and Game Warden Joe Pickett (Cold Wind, 2011, etc.). "The Five. They've deployed," Nate's pal Large Merle tells him with his dying breath. As soon as he hears the news, Nate knows that his years of living off the grid in Wyoming's Twelve Sleep County—no job, no bank account, no Social Security number—haven't buried him deep enough. Setting his beloved falcon free and abandoning or destroying most of his meager belongings, he high-tails it out, pausing only to shoot three locals who draw on him first. Joe Pickett, tangling once more with Ten Sleep County Sheriff Kyle McLanahan over his responsibilities as government official, witness and friend of the fugitive Nate, is pulled so completely into the triple murder investigation that at one point Luke Brueggemann, his new trainee, asks him, "Does that mean we're going to get to do real game warden stuff?" Nate, meanwhile, makes the rounds of all his closest friends and relations from his days in Special Forces and finds that those who haven't recently died are in serious danger of getting killed before his eyes. Clearly John Nemecek, the master falconer from Special Forces who taught Nate everything he knows before sucking him into an improbable intrigue that led to a catastrophic screw-up for the federal government, is determined to keep his secret at all costs. The secret is preposterous but serviceable, and the strenuously unnuanced story moves like greased lightning. Box has done much better work, but this high-casualty actioner is just fine.
Marilyn Stasio
…an excellent wilderness adventure…Joe Pickett, the nice game warden who keeps stupid hunters from maiming themselves or blasting at animals with automatic weapons, gallantly plays backup for his falconer friend Nate Romanowski in this violent, bloody and quite satisfying thriller set in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399158261
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/20/2012
  • Series: Joe Pickett Series , #12
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

C. J. Box

C.J. Box is the author of twelve Joe Pickett novels and three stand-alones, and has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38 and a French Elle magazine literary award. His books have been translated into twenty five languages.
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  • Posted July 3, 2013

    An excellent page turner

    An excellent page turner by C. J. Box. His protagonist is Joe Pickett, a three-dimensional, sometimes conflicted character you can root for. The novel is complete with suspense, action, mystery and even romance. If you're looking for a great summer read, escape with Joe Pickett into the wilds of Wyoming. If the book has a fault, it's that the premise is a bit far-fetched, but that's probably true of many thrillers. The bottom line is the book hooked me. I'll read more by this author.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2013

    Box has left me waiting for the next book again! He is really g

    Box has left me waiting for the next book again! He is really going to have to have an off day to write a bad book. Good author with good descriptions for very visual people like me. His books are always good but you know...I like it that there's a good guy. It's the way life should be.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2012

    Great read! Box has done it again!!

    Congrats, you have done it again! Well written. Lots of twists and turns. I hope you are not done with Nick. He is a huge part of the intrigue. "YARAK"!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    GO AWAY GAMERS

    We do not want to read your rape srories and cryptic messages to each other! This place is for book reviews It is obvious from many of your posts that many of you are functionally illiterate and probably have never actually read a whole book without pictures in it. To other NOOK readers, please let B & N know how you feell about these ridiculous posts and encourage them to block them from being posted.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    To Bad Kitty

    You are revolting, sick, nasty, perverse and ex-TREMELY creepy. Stop this right now.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Awesome

    A real thriller could not put it down ...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Better than expected

    Mostly about nate but wantedto know hishistory anyway exciting and well written as usual love these books k

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  • Posted April 18, 2014

    Can this man write! Never been disappointed in one of his books

    Can this man write! Never been disappointed in one of his books yet. Being from the western part of our great country, many many of the place he writes about are areas I am familiar with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    I really like these books

    I am really enjoying the CJ Box books. I do have
    To say , however, the language gets worse with each book. The fact that the books were great with very little filthy language was one of the things that has drawn me to read them one right after the other. I have found this to be true with other authors as well. If the 13th is worse than i will not move forward with any more of them. I think the anti government thing is more realistic than most would like to admit.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2014

    Mysterion

    Why do you have hatred on your self.

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    Posted April 7, 2014

    Khazer

    Why are you rejecting me?

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  • Posted April 7, 2014

    Great series always

    Great series always

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  • Posted April 7, 2014

    Love

    Great

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  • Posted March 21, 2014

    fast paced

    Good read from start to finish, only problem was it was too short.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2014

    Kato

    "Hey."

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    Posted January 22, 2014

    Map

    Res 5 is waarrior den

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    Posted January 26, 2014

    Silverpaw

    Bounded in.

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    Posted January 18, 2014

    V

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    Posted January 6, 2014

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    DIE FORCEMATERS

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    Forcemate Blueflower

    At res. 7

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