Trophy Hunt (Joe Pickett Series #4) [NOOK Book]

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It's an idyllic late-summer day in Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is fly-fishing with his two daughters when he stumbles upon the mutilated body of a moose. Whatever - or whoever - attacked the animal was ruthless: half the animal's face has been sliced away, the skin peeled back from the flesh. Shaken by the sight, Joe starts to investigate what he hopes in an isolated incident." "Days later, after the discovery of a small herd of mutilated cattle, Joe realizes this something much more ...
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Trophy Hunt (Joe Pickett Series #4)

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Overview

It's an idyllic late-summer day in Saddlestring, Wyoming, and game warden Joe Pickett is fly-fishing with his two daughters when he stumbles upon the mutilated body of a moose. Whatever - or whoever - attacked the animal was ruthless: half the animal's face has been sliced away, the skin peeled back from the flesh. Shaken by the sight, Joe starts to investigate what he hopes in an isolated incident." "Days later, after the discovery of a small herd of mutilated cattle, Joe realizes this something much more terrifying than he could have imagined. Local authorities are quick to label the attacks the work of a grizzly bear, but Joe knows otherwise. The cuts on the moose and the cattle were too clean, too precise, to have been made by jagged teeth. Are the animals only practice for a killer about to move on to another, more challenging prey?" Soon afterward, Joe's worst fears are confirmed. The bodies of two men are found within hours of each other, in separate locations, their wounds eerily similar to those found on the moose and cattle. There's a vicious killer, a modern-day Jack the Ripper, on the loose in Saddlestring - and it appears his rampage is just beginning.



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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Box's riveting fourth Joe Pickett adventure (after 2003's Winterkill) opens on a disturbing note, with the Wyoming game warden's chance discovery of the oddly mutilated body of a moose near his favorite fishing hole. When several mangled cows and two grisly human corpses are added to the macabre menagerie, Joe reluctantly joins a task force to investigate. Bud Barnum, the corrupt sheriff of Twelve Sleep County, attributes the mutilations to birds or a notorious grizzly bear from Joe's jurisdiction, but Joe isn't convinced. Enter paranormal expert Cleve Garrett, who zealously follows mutilation and alien sightings in his recreational vehicle laboratory. Despite ridicule from the task force, Joe interviews Garrett, who supplies little fresh information but gives off creepy vibes. The clues that the quietly heroic Joe gathers from many disparate witnesses, including his own young daughters and a mentally incapacitated fisherman, may point to the otherworldly, but readers will be well satisfied with the all-too-earthly solution to the bizarre crimes. With its credible and sensitively drawn characters, loads of interesting tidbits about the natural world and timely plot, this skillfully crafted page-turner should have wide appeal. Agent, Ann Rittenberg. Author tour. (July 1) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
A moose is dead, its face flayed away. Then cattle suffer a similar fate. Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett jumps to the right conclusion: a vicious killer is getting ready to test his skills on humans. From the Anthony Award-winning author. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Dead fish and game are only the appetizers for Warden Joe Pickett's biggest problems in his fourth case. It's obvious that cavalier local fisherman Jeff O'Bannon is to blame for the fish floating belly-up in Crazy Woman Creek. But who's killed the elk, excised the flesh from half his face, and dragged off his enormous carcass? Who's killed 12 head of Don Hawkins's cattle in exactly the same way? And has this slaughter of innocents been nothing more than preparation for the remarkably similar murders of ranch hand Tuff Montegue and water-engineering exec Stuart Tanner? Robey Hersig, the County Attorney heading the hastily assembled Northern Wyoming Murder and Mutilations Task Force, lists the likeliest causes: "BIRDS . . . CULTS . . . DISTURBED INDIVIDUALS . . . ARABS . . . GOVERNMENT AGENTS . . . GRIZZLY BEAR . . . ALIENS." But Joe, skeptical of all these explanations, demands the right to investigate on his own. Even though his mortal enemy, Sheriff Bud Barnum, keeps reminding him he's only a fish-and-game warden, nobody can deny that Joe's pulled off some spectacular victories in the past (Winterkill, 2003, etc.). Not this time, though. The fact-based mutilations are so outre you just know the answer's going to be a letdown, and it is-even though Joe and his family sweat out suspenseful duels with a self-styled paranormal expert and a trusted neighbor. Author tour. Agent: Ann Rittenberg/Ann Rittenberg Literary Agency
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101204962
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/5/2005
  • Series: Joe Pickett Series , #4
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 4,915
  • File size: 500 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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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2013

    Box and Joe Pickett get an A

    The author does a good job with taking you to the Western US and the wide open spaces of Wyoming and Montana. Always a who-done-it within the pages, mixed with a great family, small town, and interesting wild life, including the wild humans involved. I found it a pleasant read, and thoroughly enjoyable.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Box & Pickett Continue to deliver

    These Picket books are a good read...Solid characters and good story lines.
    I always wonder if this will be the book with the "showdown" with the local sheriff's department that seems more inevitable with each new entry.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2013

    In my opinion, this is the best book by C.J. so far. I really L

    In my opinion, this is the best book by C.J. so far. I really LIKE the woo-woo stuff.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2014

    Read this in one day

    I could not put this book down! Every time I tried to find a place to put it down, the mysteries nagged at me to the point that I just had to continue reading. Excellent!
    Thrilling and creepy to read at night... I hate woo-woo stuff, but dang does it make for a page turning read.
    Totally worth the time and money people.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 11, 2013

    Great series

    I just started this series and i get sooo frustrated when Joe screws up-------i e loses or forgets his gun or gets cuffed to a stirring wheel! However money talks i just keep buying, reading, and enjoying- so i guess i am in for the long hall!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 21, 2013

    Books keep getting better!!

    CJ Box is simply the best author ive ever read. He keeps the pages turning with his colorful characters, vivid scenery, and stellar storylines. Joe Pickett and Saddlestring will forever be ingrained into my mind!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2004

    A lyrical thriller

    In Saddlestring, Wyoming, game warden Joe Pickett and his two daughters are fishing when they see dead fish floating in the water. As they walk the river, he finds a man who is taking the fish for sport and throwing them back in the water. While Joe lectures him about the ethics of what he is doing he smells something rancid. The angler points him in the direction of a dead moose. When he goes to investigate, he finds that the moose was mutilated with surgical precision; his organs removed as if someone took them for a trophy......................... Not long after that a call comes in that some cows were killed, just like the moose with no signs of predator or clues to who or what did it. People in Saddlestring are very nervous and property values plummet even though there is an economic boom going on thanks to new technology that allows natural gas to be taken easier out of the ground. When two men are found in the same condition as the cattle and the moose, a task force is formed but Joe goes his own way to find out what is turning his town upside down.......................... Award winning author C.J. Box has a natural gift for describing the beauty of nature contrasting it to the depravities of man. This is a very cleverly constructed mystery, with many different sub-plots tying back to the main storyline. A touch of mysticism and the supernatural enhance the battle between good and evil and it is judiciously applied so readers will have no trouble believing in it. TROPHY HUNT is must reading for cerebral mystery fans........................ Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Hawkeye

    He laughed turning to her and shook his head. "Well i doubt we will get any hunting done now. Lets head back to camp wetrat" he teased

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    SilverFire

    She smirked. "The only thing being hunted around here," she says getting close to him. She shakes out her fur, mking tiny water droplets fly tward him. "Is you!" She says getting ready to pounce.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2014

    300 pages

    300 pages, book four of series. Well edited. I said, I would no longer read or purchase any more books by Box, after I read the third book in this series. The third book was extremely graphic with the death of a child, dog and elk. I found these events very upsetting. At the time, I did not realize I had already purchased book four of the series. I hated to not read a book I paid $5.99 for, yet I did not want to be a liar either. Since I had already purchased this book before I remarked, I would not be buying more, I figure that part is not a lie as I will not be buying others by Box. I also apologise because I did read this book. I found the plot to be of a lower standard than the first three books. There was still a lot of graphic animal death, not caused by those hunting for sustenence. There is some paranormal suggestions, talk of UFOs, aliens and strange auras coming from the ground. (never resolved) . The multilated animals were not touched by scavengers, (this was also unresolved.) The murders were gory. This book was very convoluted and harder to follow then the others. It jumped around a lot, often without a transition from subject to subject. There was detailed pornography, a few curse words, talk of animals being multilated while alive, and a horse trying to drink water, after it was multilated. There was no actual sex, romance, religion or drug use. This book disturbed me. Now, with all honesty this time, this is the last C J Box book, I am either reading or purchasing. For adults, more for the male sector, than female.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    Another good one from CJ

    Easy reading and very good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2012

    Raintail

    Thnk u

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2012

    Swirlpaw

    Can i join you? Im super bored.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Another Winner in the Series

    Box has a great lead character in Pickett and the supporting cast is equally strong. His writing style is smooth and keeps one hooked from the very first page. I was not crazy about the plot - though it was filled with twists and turns, some suspended belief to a degree. That's fine in crime fiction obviously - I just felt this one was a little TOO over the top. Still a great read nonetheless; if you like Box and the Pickett series, you won't go wrong here.

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  • Posted October 10, 2009

    Good Story

    C.J. Box gets better with every book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2009

    great books to make movies about

    I have read series 1-7 and am dredding the wait for the 8th book to come out, this series would make excellent movies.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2007

    Thanks

    You Are one of the best author's Americas has given us to this day.Keep up the great work,And in the future, Make it your adventure. J.L, ND

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2004

    A good story, but goes on and on.

    I have had a good time reading all of C.J. Box's stories, but this book Trophy Hunt doesn't arise up to the others. In this story the clues are all over the place, the auther not seeming to pull them togeather. He has to many side stories going on at the same time and the book just seems to go on and on. In my opinion the story could have been more crisp reading with 75 less pages. It seems to me that Box had a good idea for a story but used to much filler to get to the last chapter. Bottom line: Between the first chapter and the last, to much filler. Over all not a bad story, but make no mistake Trophy Hunter is not one of C.J. Boxs best.

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    Posted November 26, 2010

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