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Joe Pickett investigates the mass murder of a group of campers in a back-country corner of Yellowstone National Park. But not only has the killer gleefully confessed, he's gotten off free. The reason is an absolute shocker—and absolutely believable.
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Joe Pickett investigates the mass murder of a group of campers in a back-country corner of Yellowstone National Park. But not only has the killer gleefully confessed, he's gotten off free. The reason is an absolute shocker—and absolutely believable.
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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.
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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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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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848879911
  • Publisher: Corvus
  • Publication date: 9/28/2011
  • Series: Joe Pickett Series , #7

Meet the Author

C. J. Box

C. J. Box is the author of thirteen 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. His most recent Joe Pickett novel, Force of Nature, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestseller list. He lives outside Cheyenne, Wyoming, with his family.

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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  • Posted February 8, 2011

    SPELLING

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 10, 2010

    Highly Recommended

    I was disappointed in the quality of the ebook. Lots of typos, and words running together. But the book was GREAT!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2010

    Why isn't the editing better on eBooks

    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.

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  • Posted April 17, 2010

    The West as it is

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2008

    Great Book

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2007

    A reviewer

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 29, 2014

    My name is Joe Pickett, and I endorse this book, and all the pre

    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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  • Posted March 28, 2014

    Not my favorite - forced, unrealistic, violence for violence sake

    Interesting premise, but I was disappointed. The legal loophole that the story is built around is sketchy and my work in the book the first time, but the second time - not a chance and the second time it doesn't even follow the guidelines of the loophole itself - the murders were in a vehicle and therefore cannot be directly tied to the geographic location that the loophole refers to in addition to the obvious difference in intent and motivation of the second time, etc. Nate was not portrayed as a skilled and highly trained specialist, but rather as a violent loner that was always at the right place at the right time. I have really liked these books in the past, but I think I am done with them now.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    The Joe Pickett books just keep getting better

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2013

    Ll

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Thornstar

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    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2012

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    Dumbass

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2012

    Really?

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Always Looking Forward

    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.

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  • Posted February 15, 2011

    free fire

    over all a good book but multiple typos.... wouldnt recomend because its very difficult to read

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  • Posted December 7, 2008

    Great book

    After a visit from the Wyoming Governor Rulon, Joe pickett's father-in-laws ranch were he was working as a ranch hand, after being fired from being a game warden for the sate of Wyoming. The Governor give his job back and a yukon suv. Joe pickett was sent to Yellow stone national park to investigate a multiple person murder that occurred in a place that was soon know as the zone of death because there is no jurisdiction at that certain part in yellow stone national park. Clay McCann got of with killing four yellow stone employs that where camping in the zone of death. Clay McCann was a small town lawyer who one might think that he would be the last person to be a cold blooded killer by his appearance. Joe Pickett goes to yellow stone to investigate with his friend not ever that far away Nate Romanowski. Not long after being the park Joe Prickett meets Judy Demming and she offers her assistants in the investigation. Joe Pickett Searches emails of the victims to try to find a motive behind Clay McCann's random murders. Clay McCann becomes stuck between a rock and hard place and pumps up his murders victim total to six. When a yellow stone employ figures out some information that he was going to share with Joe Pickett and Judy Demming about a certain hot spring sight he was killed. Joe and Demming figure out that there is much more going on then just Clay McCann's killings. This book was very interesting and exciting. I recommend it to an outdoors person and one that likes a mystery.---Garrett N.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Excellent Joe Pickett mystery

    Attorney Clay McCann walked into the Bechler River Ranger Station in Yellowstone National Park holding a still warm weapon while informing the ranger that about a half hour ago he killed four campers. A few months later Wyoming Governor Spencer Rulon visits former State Game and Fish Department Game Warden Joe Pickett, who was fired by the agency¿s Director Randy Pope (see IN PLAIN SIGHT), at the ranch of Joe¿s father-n-law to ask a favor. Though McCann got away with murder on a technicality, Rulon shows him a note from one of the victims just before he was murdered that implies the illegal stealing of resources that could impact the revenues of the state. He wants to look into whatever this ¿Yellowstone Dick¿ was alluding to as a state has no jurisdiction in a national park. --- Joe begins his quiet investigation with the help of his friend falconer Nate Romanowski. They soon obtain the assistance of park ranger Judy Demming, who like most of her peers remains reeling that the cold blooded killer freely roams Yellowstone while four caring environmentalists are dead. They begin to find a link between the homicides and questionable bio-mining rights that would destroy Yellowstone's famous hot springs, but McCann and his partners do not mind adding three more murders to their count. --- In his seventh Joe Pickett mystery, C. J. Box is at his best as he describes the ¿Stone¿ with adulation for its exquisiteness while also using a loophole over jurisdiction between the Feds and the state. The story line is fast-paced as Joe and his teammates begin to uncover the contemptuous illegal waste of natural renounces to make a profit without regard by stripping the beauty from the ¿Stone¿. Fans and environmentalists (except perhaps the EPA political appointees) will appreciate FREE FIRE as Joe investigates as a private citizen what some amoral avaricious antagonists are doing to make millions. --- Harriet Klausner

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