In Plain Sight (Joe Pickett Series #6)

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When wealthy matriarch Opal Scarlett vanishes, Joe Pickett is sure one of her greedy sons did her in. But when Joe becomes the victim of violent pranks, he wonders if what's happening has less to do with Opal's disappearance than with the darkest chapter of his own past.

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Overview

When wealthy matriarch Opal Scarlett vanishes, Joe Pickett is sure one of her greedy sons did her in. But when Joe becomes the victim of violent pranks, he wonders if what's happening has less to do with Opal's disappearance than with the darkest chapter of his own past.

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Just like the state of Wyoming, where C. J. Box's Joe Pickett series takes place, the sixth installment in the award-winning suspense saga is breathtaking, rugged, and chock-full of potentially deadly pitfalls -- especially the two-legged variety.

When Opal Scarlett, the head of a much-historied and wildly eccentric ranching clan, suddenly disappears, a bitter battle ensues between two of her three sons for control of the ranch. The property is worth millions, and ruthless siblings Arlen and Hank will do anything to gain control of it. But as local game warden Joe Pickett tries to help unravel the Scarlett case, he is forced to deal with a boss bent on making his life a living hell. And, to make matters worse, a deranged man has begun to harass him and his family. When things turn violent and his daughter's life is put in jeopardy, Pickett -- who has been called an "uncontrollable cowboy" by his boss -- decides to finally go native…

Mixing elements of suspense, mystery, and western, the Joe Pickett novels (Out of Range, Trophy Hunt, Winterkill, et al.) can also be described as savvy ecological thrillers dealing with subjects like conservation and restoration, poaching, habitat preservation, land use and abuse, etc. And after the career-altering events chronicled in In Plain Sight, it will be very interesting to see where Box next takes this highly intelligent and utterly readable saga… Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly
Wyoming Game and Fish warden Joe Pickett-honest, upright and hardworking-tends to attract the meanest villains this side of a spaghetti western, as shown in his sprightly sixth outing in which he and his family become the target of John Wayne Keeley, a misguided, conscienceless killer. In addition, Opal Scarlett, the matriarch of a wealthy ranching clan, is missing, and two of her sons, Hank and Arlen, are fighting over the estate. Joe's daughter, Sheridan, is best friends with Hank's daughter, Julie, which puts Sheridan in danger. As usual, hotheaded Joe is also in trouble with his boss, self-serving Randy Pope. When Joe is pulled off of the search for Opal, he stubbornly follows his instincts rather than orders, bringing down Pope's wrath. Edgar-finalist Box (Out of Range) expertly evokes Wyoming's landscape, wildlife, people and politics. Joe's love for the natural world shines throughout, but his lack of political finesse costs him his job by book's end. Fans will eagerly wait to see how he recoups his fortunes in the next installment. 15-city author tour. (May) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
When Wyoming's governor appoints Randy Pope to be the new director of the Game and Fish Department, warden Joe Pickett finds it almost impossible to do his job. Pope is a micromanager who hates Joe, ordering him to stay out of the investigation of a missing rancher. Meanwhile, Opal Scarlett's two sons are battling for control of her ranch, and Joe becomes involved when he is badly beaten by the new foreman hired by Hank Scarlett. This is followed by a series of threatening messages. Meanwhile John Wayne Keeley, ex-convict, murderer, and father of Joe's foster daughter who died in a fire, is seeking revenge against the Pickett family, but Joe is so distracted by his work frustrations and his anger at his boss that he misses the warning signs. Box (Open Season) writes edge-of-the-chair suspense; his prose sings with energy and heart-stopping action. There is some pretty strong stuff here (e.g., killing of helpless animals and gruesome murder scenes), but don't let that stop you from reading this unforgettable mystery. Highly recommended for all collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 1/06.] Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
After an eventful trip to Jackson Hole (Out of Range, 2005), Wyoming Fish and Game Warden Joe Pickett is back in Twelve Sleep County for a homecoming that's anything but homey. Trouble starts when fishing guide Tommy Wayman tosses Opal Scarlett, matriarch of the Thunderhead Ranch, into the river over a long-simmering feud. Assuming that Opal's too mean to die, Tommy isn't worried when he doesn't see her climb out. But her disappearance-neither she nor her corpse has turned up anywhere since then-leaves her three sons free to battle it out with shovels over ownership of the ranch. That's the opening scene Joe interrupts, accompanied by his daughter Sheridan, 14, and her best friend, Hank Scarlett's daughter Julie. Soon enough, both Joe and Sheridan will be haunted by spectral sightings of Opal, grinning over her sons' fratricidal strife. By that time, though, Joe will have bigger troubles of his own. Fresh from his murder of convicted killer Wacey Hedeman, J.W. Keeley is on his way to Twelve Sleep County, eager to destroy Joe, whom he blames for the slaughter of his family (Winterkill, 2003). If you think Joe can expect help from the law-enforcement community, you don't know this series, and it's high time you started. Despite an encore roster of perps and felonies that plays like a Greatest Hits list from Joe's first five adventures, Box continues to write the sharpest suspensers west of the Pecos.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425215791
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2007
  • Series: Joe Pickett Series , #6
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 66,338
  • Product dimensions: 4.28 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.88 (d)

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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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    Highly recommend

    I have really enjoyed this series. My husband and I are outdoors people. CJ Box keeps your attention through the whole story.

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  • Posted May 16, 2014

    I do highly recommend CJ Box

    Be sure to start at Joe Pickett's first appearance and then read his adventures in order. Mr. Box writes a great story, fast paced, insightful, vibrant, and plausible. His characters are varied and colorful, definitely human. Joe Pickett is a great guy and I wish him well.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2014

    Fun to read

    I've enjoyed the Joe pickett series. Learned a lot about one of my favorite states Wyoming.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Box's stories carry forward from one to the next. Very exciting, great reads

    I especially like that the family grows a year older with each consecutive book. Many of the characters also go forward into the next book. Joe is an unusual hero but a hero just the same. I can't put the books down and will be sorry when I have read the last one of the series

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  • Posted October 25, 2013

    Another great read in the Joe Pickett series!

    To be clear, these are not great literature...but they are very well written stories with compelling characters and always a few interesting twists and turns. Anyone who loves the west in general or thinks that a day spent on horseback in the high country might be close to heaven will enjoy these books for sure.
    I'm working my way through the series and definitely recommend reading them in order if possible.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    Highly recommended

    I love all his books. Real people, real mountains and animals.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    A very good read

    This is the 6th book I have read by C.J. I like his charcter and his style of writing. I just wish that some of his books were a little bit longer and that they did't carry over so much of the plot.

    I am noe up to the 11th book in his Joe Picket series. Love them all.

    Jim 18

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    Very, Very good!

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Very good book

    Easy reading

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  • Posted December 2, 2011

    Great book!

    You are never sure where this story is leading you till the end. Lots of excitement.

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  • Posted October 3, 2011

    In plain sight gw 10/3/11

    Great fast paced western mystery

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  • Posted August 8, 2009

    In Plain Sight

    C.J.Box is developing the characters in these stories so well. I look forward to the next installment of the family life and the next crime to solve!

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  • Posted June 10, 2009

    Well connected plot. Lots of surprise twists

    Good continuity from earlier novels for Pickett fans. By now Joe, his wife and daughters Sherry and Lucy, are beginning to "feel like family". Story is packed with local color and graphic descriptions of country that you probably haven't visited but will want to after this book. Tight dialogue and good grasp of the "tensions" that real people experience in our lives and loves. With Pickett, the old Elizabeth Taylor line, "Hang on, it's going to be a bumpy ride!" comes to mind!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2007

    Ordinary

    In Plain Sight was OK but nothing extraordinary. I didn't care about the characters, the posses shows up in the nick of time which seemed contrived and there were loose ends at the end of the story. Exactly what was wrong with Wyatt? with Arlen? with Opal? There's a lot better reading out there.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2006

    Joe Pickett Everyman's Modern Cowboy and Game Warden

    In Plain Sight is a tautly written mystery that builds to a show down, western style with plenty of twists and turns on the way. Joe Pickett knows someone lethal is after him and his family. The Miller's weasel pinned to his front door is warning enough, but his boss, administrative torturer doesn't see the imminent danger. Randy Pope doesn't want Joe to be an out of control 'cowboy' and evenually wants Joe to give him enough amunition to fire him. He wants Joe to go through the sheriff, follow procedure, and not investigate on his own. He tries to follow Pope's instructions, but when the four beloved town moose are slaughtered with their heads on his fence posts, he has no choice but defend himself, his family, and the wildlife in his care. While Joe is hamstrung and caught by the feud between powerful and weathly brothers over the family ranch, both brothers complain about Joe. Although Pope fires him, Joe has had a surprise visit from the governor who asks him pointed questions about Pope. Without a job, Joe has no choice but to carry on the investigation. Lives are at stake, and he is determined that it not be his family's. Woven inextricably throughout are Joe's struggles to hold true to his ethics and beliefs as well as his job. You can't help but cheer for Joe and his every triumph and hope that the governor comes through for Joe in the next book! A great read!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Brilliant characterizations and a tense down home storyline.

    Spring has finally arrived in Saddlestring but Wyoming Game Warden Joe Pickett is not a happy man. With a new democratic governor in charge of the state, Joe now has to report directly to the agency director Randy Pope. The two men don¿t get along and Pope is doing everything in his power to make Joe¿s life miserable and has ultimate goal is to find a way to fire him.---------------------- More trouble is coming to town in the form of J.W. Keeley who, just been released from prison, committed murder and grand theft auto. He blames Joe for the death of his sister in law and his daughter, and intends to make the law enforcement official pay. He takes advantage of the feud between the brothers Hank and Arlen Scarlett who are fighting over ownership of the family ranch since their mother Opal disappeared or was murdered. Keeley is hiding is plain sight and is doing a great job of instilling fear in the Pickett family. Joe knows someone is after him and he intends to hunt that person down even if it costs him his job and his life.----- C.J. Box has a special kind of talent that he imbues in his police procedurals. He is able to touch the heart of readers through his protagonist who cares passionately about the family, land and wildlife. Pickett refuses to play politics which gets him in trouble with the director yet it is his straight shooting that allows him to be effective in his job. This mystery is totally awesome due to brilliant characterizations and a tense down home storyline.---- Harriet Klausner

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