Out of Range (Joe Pickett Series #5) [NOOK Book]

Overview

A good friend and fellow game warden has killed himself, and Joe Pickett's been chosen to temporarily run his district. But Jackson, Wyoming, is a far cry from Joe's hometown of Saddlestring - and it doesn't help that now Joe feels compelled to investigate the circumstances surrounding his friend's suicide. But as he comes closer to the truth, the more his own life spirals out of control - and he realizes that if he isn't careful, he may be Jackson's next victim...
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Overview

A good friend and fellow game warden has killed himself, and Joe Pickett's been chosen to temporarily run his district. But Jackson, Wyoming, is a far cry from Joe's hometown of Saddlestring - and it doesn't help that now Joe feels compelled to investigate the circumstances surrounding his friend's suicide. But as he comes closer to the truth, the more his own life spirals out of control - and he realizes that if he isn't careful, he may be Jackson's next victim...
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In Box's taut, suspenseful fifth Joe Picket novel (after 2004's Trophy Hunt), the Wyoming game warden is temporarily transferred from his backwater base, Saddlestring, to Jackson, a sophisticated tourist mecca, to replace warden Will Jensen, who apparently shot himself to death. Joe has his doubts about Will's "suicide," but little time to investigate given other distractions: a vast and remote territory to patrol, questionable practices by a hunting outfitter, pressure to approve an exclusive housing development on a wildlife trail and protests by animal rights activists. At home, Joe's contentious wife, Marybeth, deals with mysterious threats and daughter Sheridan's teenage angst. To complicate matters further, Joe's reputation as a hardheaded law enforcer, unwilling to play politics, precedes him. Unusual for the genre, the skillfully orchestrated climax doesn't include a chase and the conclusion is ambivalent. Adept at setting his scenes, physically and psychologically, Box approaches Nevada Barr in his ability to describe the West's natural beauty. With each book he creates plots of greater complexity, but in contrast to his ever more nuanced male characters, his women remain too often flirtatious or angry. Agent, Ann Rittenberg. Author tour. (May 5) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
Saddlestring, WY, game warden Joe Pickett (Trophy Hunt) takes a temporary assignment in upscale Jackson, when friend and coworker Will Jensen dies from an apparent suicide. Joe immediately finds himself embroiled in the community's political games as various factions-animal rights activists, environmental extremists, and old-time hunters-compete for his endorsement. After his pickup truck is set afire, Joe becomes convinced that Will's death was a homicide, probably at the hands of one of these groups. His refusal to sign off on a building permit earns him the community's enmity, but it's not until an unforgettably tense trip into the high country that he realizes just how many people want him dead. Though a subplot involving wife Joe's wife, Marybeth, stretches credibility, Box's depiction of family tensions rings true. This fifth in a series is a Western lover's mystery, relying heavily on guns and honor; clearly, Joe's the real sheriff in town. Changing venue opens up future plot possibilities for the likable hero. Recommended for libraries with other series titles and for Tony Hillerman and Michael McGarrity fans. Box lives near Cheyenne.-Teresa L. Jacobsen, Santa Monica P.L., CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Crime-fighting Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett outdoes himself during a temporary transfer from sleepy Saddlestring to fashionable Jackson Hole. Will Jensen, the Jackson game warden, was a great guy and a model warden, but once his wife left him six months ago, he spiraled into madness and suicide, and now Joe's been called to replace him. The transition is anything but smooth. There's no question of Joe's family coming with him, so he's reduced to hoping he can get a signal for the cell-phone calls he squeezes into his busy schedule. En route to his new posting, Joe has to pursue a marauding grizzly. He arrives to meet a formidable series of challenges. Cantankerous outfitter Smoke Van Horn wants to go on attracting elk with illegal salt licks without the new warden's interference. Animal Liberation Network activist Pi Stevenson wants him to publicize her cause and adopt a vegan diet. Developer Don Ennis wants to open a housing development for millionaires who like their meat free of additives. Ennis's trophy wife Stella simply wants Joe-and he wants her back. As he wrestles with these demands, and with a supervisor riled over Joe's track record of destroying government property in pursuit of bad guys (Trophy Hunt, 2004, etc.), Joe slowly becomes convinced that Will did not kill himself. Joe's fifth case is his best balanced, most deeply felt and most mystifying to date: an absolute must.. . . Burke, James LeeCRUSADER'S CROSSSimon & Schuster (336 pp.)$25.95CD $29.95cassette $49.95Jul. 12, 2005
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101205457
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/2/2006
  • Series: Joe Pickett Series , #5
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 5,193
  • File size: 340 KB

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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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Incredibly good

    Game Warden Joe Pickett who is based in Saddlestring, Twelve Sleep County in Wyoming is shocked when he hears that fellow game warden Will Jensen committed suicide. Joe¿s supervisor asks him to temporally take over Will¿s territory Jackson in Teton County; although it is not a good time to leave his wife and two daughters. He agrees to the temporary assignment in the hopes that he will obtain a better position and more income....................... Before he leaves, he asks his friend Nate Romanaski to watch his family because they are getting some strange calls that could prove dangerous. A spark ignites between Joe¿s wife and Nate one that they both try to ignore. Meanwhile, in Jackson, Joe is trying to deal with an ambitious supervisor ,an outfitter who doesn¿t adhere to the law and a developer who needs Joe approval to get his project off the ground. In an ominous turn of events Joe is exhibiting the same symptoms that Will experienced before he committed suicide and he begins to suspect that he and Will were set up by a dangerous and ruthless enemy............................ C.J. Box has written some pretty spectacular books over the years but OUT OF RANGE is by far his best work to date. This literary and lyrical thriller is memorable and will be considered a classic. The protagonist is an everyman that people can identify with him even when he finds himself attracted to another woman but like his wife chooses to ignore it. The plot is Byzantine, dark, gritty, almost gothic in tone and will appeal not just to mystery fans but to anyone who loves a good book..................... Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    Great read! Can not put his books down!

    Box's books are not only interesting but educational also. I have learned a lot about animals and the west by reading these books.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    A girl sits in her room

    Waiting. Jade

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    Highly Recommmend

    I have really enjoyed all of the Joe Pickett series books. Wish there were more. I have read them all.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    Can't You Write Any Faster!!!

    I love C.J. Box and his style of writing. I just wish he could write and publish his books faster. Out of Range keeps you in suspense from the first page to the last. Once I picked up Out of Range I found it very hard to put down. I would recommend Joe Pickett Novel to everyone who loves Wyoming or just the out doors. Thanks for the good reading and keep up the good work.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 28, 2014

    I recently started this series and really liked the first ones.

    I recently started this series and really liked the first ones.  I liked the way the characters grew with each book.  This book I was disappointed in the way
    he was taking the family.   Without giving too much away...while understanding teenage angst, Sheridan's concerns and pains were NEVER discussed 
    with either mom or dad.  This was a strong girl who would have voice something to her mother AND Jo realized something was wrong, but nothing was said.
    I did not appreciate the way he led him to drinking so much in this one compared to the prior ones AND how easily he was cheating was there for him and MaryBeth.  I did not like the 
    fact he wrote the character to be dishonest in his own rights, but had him going to secretly turn on a friend.  (READ NO FURTHER FOR SPOILER ALERT)

    BUT it is okay from him to know a murder was not commited BUT was telling no one.  Not to mention his keeping quiet about what REALLY happened to Will kept  his widow from collecting insurance money to help raise her kids.  Too many inconsistencies to the characters this time.  Reading one more and hoping back on track.

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  • Posted May 4, 2014

    It's true, there are some discrepancies in the Pickett books, bu

    It's true, there are some discrepancies in the Pickett books, but this is NOT
    a biography and poetic license is allowed. The stories are strong, interesting and mostly creditable. I will continue reading all t he CJ Box books I can find!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Great Entertainment

    Loved all 14 Joe Pickett novels. One has to allow for some "author's choices" in some of the believability of exploits, scenery, etc., but it all makes for an entertaining read.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    Joe's Out of the Box!

    If you like Joe Pickett, you'll like this one, but don't expect the normal situation. He ain't in the boonies in this one! As someone who's worked in the wilds of Louisiana and streets of South Florida, I know exactly how he feels dumped in the tourist capital of Wyoming, and Box creates a winning novel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    Well-Written Mystery

    As always, another good book by Box! Love the Joe Pickett series- this is no exception! A mystery that keeps readers hanging on until the end!

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  • Posted November 27, 2012

    As usual, very good.

    Slowly working my way through the whole Joe Picket series. Rationing. Some are better than others, but all are worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Chris

    *widens his eyes* cool. I gtg though. School tomorrow. Bye

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Silver

    Bye man

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 20, 2012

    Wa-a-ay Out of Range

    Because of where I live (NW WY) and what I do (Forest Ranger) people were always telling me to read the Joe Pickett series. Several years ago I took a first look at Box and the Pickett books. I was disappointed. I don't remember if I even finished the book. Box used an incorrect job title for the position of Forest Supervisor. I thought, "He's writing about a subject area and a character who does much his work on National Forest and he doesn't care enough to do basic research on the proper title of the person in charge of a given NF!?!"

    Because a promotion took me to Teton County and I needed something to read, I took another look at Box. I found a book where Pickett fills in as N Jackson warden following the suicide of the warden who worked there. Again, I was disappointed. Pickett responding to a report of a camp on the National Elk Refuge (NER)? Why would WG&F need to do that; NER is managed by the USFWS and they have plenty of personnel to respond to something like this. Mt. Leidy visible from the north end of the Teton Wilderness...uh no. "State cabin" in the Wilderness? No state land anywhere up there. There are Forest Service cabins that WG&F uses regularly; why not just say that? Just too many discrepancies and inaccuracies to overlook. My assumption is that Box does not write for those of us who live and work in the West. I see large displays of the Pickett series in the area--aimed at the tourists I guess. They can have 'im

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2012

    Great Series - Read them all one after the other

    I really enjoy this series. You wouldn't think it would appeal to a 50 something women but the main character is a real person who has a family, makes mistakes but lives up to his word. The Wyoming setting is beautifully described. Felt like I was there.

    Enough action to keep things interesting throughout.

    Start with #1 though because each book carries over to the next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great book, He is the best.

    Personal entertaiment

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    CJ Box hits his target

    This series takes a great approach to conservation and the importance of respect for our Earth, the animals and people that inhabit the earth.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2011

    Good Read for CJ Box Fans

    This is an enjoyable read for western fans. A little mroe action that normal.

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  • Posted January 21, 2011

    High adventure

    Interesting twists and turns.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    Really enjoyed this book.

    Great plot! Well written.

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