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Free Fire (Joe Pickett Series #7)

Free Fire (Joe Pickett Series #7)

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by C. J. Box

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A Joe Pickett novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Endangered

Joe Pickett’s been hired to investigate one of the most cold-blooded mass killings in Wyoming history. Attorney Clay McCann admitted to slaughtering four campers in a back-country corner of Yellowstone National Park—a “free-fire” zone


A Joe Pickett novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Endangered

Joe Pickett’s been hired to investigate one of the most cold-blooded mass killings in Wyoming history. Attorney Clay McCann admitted to slaughtering four campers in a back-country corner of Yellowstone National Park—a “free-fire” zone with no residents or jurisdiction. In this remote fifty-square-mile stretch a man can literally get away with murder. Now McCann’s a free man, and Pickett’s about to discover his motive—one buried in Yellowstone’s rugged terrain, and as dangerous as the man who wants to keep it hidden.

Editorial Reviews

Box is a master at working New West issues into his stories-here it's something called biomining-exploring pro and con arguments without missing a storytelling beat.... Once again, recommended for practically everybody.
Publishers Weekly

When four environmental activists employed by Yellowstone Park are murdered in an isolated area, the Wyoming governor sends outspoken Joe Pickett, fired in his last outing, In Plain Sight(2006), from the state's game and fish department, to investigate in Anthony-winner Box's absorbing seventh crime novel, his best yet. Helped by astute park ranger Judy Demming and his antisocial pal, falconer Nate Romanowski, Joe gradually connects the murders to competition for bio-mining rights in Yellowstone's hot springs. Joe's often harassed family is on the sidelines, except for a startling appearance by his long-estranged father. Box skillfully weaves ominous scientific phenomena and legal loopholes peculiar to Yellowstone into his story of corruption, greed and deception. The author vividly evokes Yellowstone's natural beauty, but the book's real power emanates from Pickett's (and Box's) passion for preserving the wilderness and stopping those who would cynically destroy it. (May)

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Library Journal

Although recently fired from his job as a Wyoming game warden, Joe Pickett (In Plain Sight) is asked by the governor to investigate an officially closed multiple murder case in Yellowstone National Park. Four campers were gunned down by a lawyer who escaped conviction via a loophole. Knowing full well that federal agents and the National Park Service will not want him poking around, Joe stirs up trouble nonetheless with Nate Romanowski, still wanted by the FBI for questioning in a number of unrelated crimes. Their surprise discoveries in Yellowstone quickly escalate into a dangerous situation. Box, winner of the Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Mystery awards, knows how to turn on the nail-biting suspense and violence until the cliff-hanger of an ending. Fans of outdoor action mysteries by such authors as Steve Hamilton and William Kent Krueger will snap this up. Highly recommended. Box lives outside Cheyenne, WY. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ1/07.]

—Jo Ann Vicarel
Kirkus Reviews
Fired from his job as Game and Fish Warden after wrapping up his colorful sixth case (In Plain Sight, 2006), Joe Pickett returns to nab the perpetrator of the perfect crime. According to his own confession, small-time lawyer Clay McCann, feeling bullied and insulted by four campers he encountered in Yellowstone Park, shot them dead. A ingenious technicality he's discovered, however, prevents him from being tried and convicted. Wyoming Governor Spencer Rulon, a former prosecutor, can only slap McCann's wrist, but he's determined to figure out what Rick Hoening, one of the victims, meant by an email that hinted at secrets that could have a major impact on the state's financial health. So he asks Joe, now working as foreman at his father-in-law's ranch, to poke around the park while maintaining full deniability for the Governor. The situation stinks, but Joe's so eager to get away from his wife's poisonous mother and go back to his old job that he agrees, and in short order there's a spate of new killings to deal with-some committed by McCann, some not. As usual, there's little mystery about which of the sketchy suspects is behind the skullduggery. But, as usual, the central situation is so strong, the continuing characters so appealing and the spectacular landscape so lovingly evoked that it doesn't matter. Middling for this fine series, which automatically makes it one of the season's highlights. Agent: Ann Rittenberg/Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency

Product Details

Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
Joe Pickett Series , #7
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Product dimensions:
4.17(w) x 6.72(h) x 0.89(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

C.J. Box is the New York Times bestselling author of the Joe Pickett novels, including Endangered and Stone Cold, in addition to four stand-alone novels. He has won the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre. 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and is an Edgar Award and L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. He lives in Wyoming.

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Free Fire (Joe Pickett Series #7) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 56 reviews.
Retiredhsewfe More than 1 year ago
I really can't express how bad & often the words run together. Great story by author. One of his best. Very hard to read! Not great recommentation for B&N e-books.
jthJH More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed in the quality of the ebook. Lots of typos, and words running together. But the book was GREAT!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Always looking forward to C J Box's next book. These are the ones I read first from the library. Or buy, because I know I will read them again. C J Box seems to be a little known author compared to J A Jance or Lee Childs, but I rate him right along side both.
kkw More than 1 year ago
I really like CJ Box's books. In Free Fire, he's produced another Joe Pickett book with a slightly different twist from the other books and is just as hard to put down. My rating is for the book content. But why couldn't the editing be better in the eBook edition? Almost every page has words that are run together and words that should be capitilized that aren't.
tennesseepasskid More than 1 year ago
Another adventure with Joe Pickett that takes you for a journey in the down to earth lifestyle that it Wyoming!!! A must read to regain some sanity an firm footing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this was the best book in the series. Really good story that deals with different environmental issues in Yellowstone Park. Its full of suspense and is a great book to read for an outdoor lover or a hunter or a fisher.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is only the second Joe Pickett mystery I have read, but I enjoyed it very much. I grew up in Wyoming near Hoback Junction, which is not far from the action in the book. A very convincing story line and very believable in all respects. Joe Pickett is a very good character and typical of the area forest service people. I will surely seek out some of the rest of the books. If you are an outdoors person and enjoy the wilderness areas, you will love this book. I read it in two days.
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another cleverly written book.Joe pickett continues to evoel as well as his family. Another hit by C.J Box
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scpick More than 1 year ago
My name is Joe Pickett, and I endorse this book, and all the previous six books! I first thought I would read CJ's books because of the common name, but as it turned out, the stories are very good, and I like to learn about the outdoors, of which I know very little. It is strange to read a book and see your name in it. Thank you CJ!
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BobInSanDiego More than 1 year ago
I am reading the Joe Pickett series book by book, trying to take my time so that I don't catch up to C J Box. But the stories just keep getting better. I have not been to Wyoming since I was a kid, but Box' wonderful descriptions have put Wyoming on my bucket list for sure (at least in the summer). "Free Fire" is about Yellowstone, and I spent almost as much time googling maps and info about Yellowstone as I did reading this book. Everyone should have a friend like Nate Romanowski!
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Overall a good book, but some things not believable. How would you recognize pants your father wore 20 years ago ? And Nate throws pine logs in the fire ? Everyone knows you dont burn pine in a fireplace !
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I only read the sample and there are soooooo many typos and words running together its confusing! Overall good book and a very easy read! Btw this is an11 yearold
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