Endangered (Joe Pickett Series #15)

Endangered (Joe Pickett Series #15)

by C. J. Box

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Endangered (Joe Pickett Series #15) by C. J. Box

In this New York Times bestseller, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is determined to find out who put his daughter’s life in danger—even if it kills him.
 
Joe Pickett had good reason to dislike Dallas Cates, and now he has even more—Joe’s eighteen-year-old daughter, April, has run off with him. And then comes even worse news: She has been found in a ditch along the highway—alive, but just barely, the victim of blunt force trauma. Cates denies having anything to do with it, but Joe knows in his gut who’s responsible. What he doesn’t know is the kind of danger he’s about to encounter. Cates is bad enough, but Cates’s family is like none Joe has ever met.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425280157
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Series: Joe Pickett Series , #15
Pages: 432
Sales rank: 35,284
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

C. J. Box is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Joe Pickett series, five stand-alone novels, and the story collection Shots Fired. He has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and two Barry awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38 and a French Elle magazine literary award. His books have been translated into twenty-seven languages. He and his wife Laurie split their time between their home and ranch in Wyoming.

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Praise for Endangered

“Is there a crime-fiction family as fully fleshed out as Joe Pickett’s? ...Pickett’s supporting cast—wife Marybeth and daughters Sheridan, Lucy, and April—lends a continuity and grounding to this series that sets it apart from all the lone-wolf stuff out there.”—Booklist

“All the action and suspense of Box's long string of high-country adventures.... One of Joe's best.”—Kirkus Review

Praise for Stone Cold
 
“[A] superlative outing . . . Box gets everything right: believably real characters, a vivid setting, clear prose and ratcheting tension. Maintaining these standards over 14 novels is more than impressive.”—The Plain Dealer

Stone Cold features carefully crafted characters who live in the wilds of Wyoming, a setting that Box uses to great effect . . . Box creates a story with an unique premise and takes readers along for a suspenseful, action-filled ride.”—The Denver Post

“Box weaves vivid descriptions of Wyoming’s landscape and the personal drama of Pickett’s family into a blistering page-turner.”—Arizona Republic
 
“In C.J. Box's thrillers, [Wyoming] is a featured character and you get to know its thickly forested mountains, its windy plains and its frontierlike towns . . . [a] fun read.”—Associated Press
 
“Another exciting read from crime fiction’s king of the great outdoors.”—Madison County Herald
 
“The author has proven that he can write good — no, great – books.”—Wyoming Eagle Tribune
 
“With each book, Box just gets better. Nonstop action, a twisty plot, and great characters make his latest a must-read for fans of this series.”—Library Journal
 
“This marks a welcome return to the thing Box does best: putting family man Joe in a dicey situation where, despite his orders to merely observe, his own moral code means he can’t help but light the fuse and see where it leads. Being in unfamiliar territory is familiar territory for Pickett, and corrupt-town scenarios are as old as the hills, but Box uses the ploys for maximum suspense.”—Booklist
 
“Exhilarating . . . Canny Joe uses his wits, taking time to assess the literal and figurative lay of the land.”—Publishers Weekly

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Endangered 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed reading his books! They are real and you feel as you were there!
Supreme_Mugwump_Palpatine More than 1 year ago
C.J. Box is one of the best authors in his genre. His books are increasingly suspenseful with every turn of the page. In addition, I have come to have a genuine emotional connection to Joe, his family, and Nate. One warning: this is a series you should read from the beginning. The main plot of each book stands alone; however, there are several ongoing plots that develop throughout the series. You will enjoy the first 14 books and they are fast paced so it won't take very long to get to this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short & sweet review, outstanding!!!!!!! Recommend to all!!!!!!!
56vick More than 1 year ago
Another favorite for me in the Joe Pickett series. It grabbed from the first chapter and moved along quickly and smoothly. The plot twists and story line kept me second guessingmyself as to how I thought it was going to end. It was hard to put down even to stop and fix dinner! I was sad to have it end because now the long wait for the next one has begun.   
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like the Joe Pickett series, you will like this. Well written as usual, good plot, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Kat
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
couldnt wait until the release date ,maybe tge best yet ,keeps you on the edge of your seat until the last page ,caint wait till the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The story tried to change pace but is still predictable. Its a good story but as soon as he introduces to scenario you can guess how it will end.
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tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
Game Warden Joe Pickett faces two separate situations in this 15th entry in the long-running popular series. One is highly personal; the other is in keeping with his official duties. To begin with, on a routine inspection, Joe discovers the wholesale slaughter of 21 sage grouse in a breeding area. What makes the situation worse is that Washington is contemplating designating the sage grouse as an endangered species. This fact allows the author to introduce a timely topic in keeping with the established nature of the series featuring ecology and the environment, especially the question of weighing the ramifications of such a determination against the economies of the areas affected. Especially Wyoming, where Joe lives and works. The species inhabits hundreds of thousands of acres and by sealing the area off, oil and gas exploration would be shut off. Joe’s uncovering of how and why the birds were killed is a deft touch and is typical of the author’s finesse. The bulk of the novel, however, is devoted to the assault of the Pickets’ 18-year-old adopted daughter, April, who is found battered and near dead on a county road. Two plot lines run through the book as a result: finding the culprit and bringing him to justice, and whether she will survive the brutal attack. Then there’s Joe’s good friend Nate, in jail but soon to be released under onerous terms. And he undergoes his own trial after he is freed, but plays a pivotal role at the end. It’s an action-filled novel, full of surprises. This is the second novel in a row to lack the usual vivid descriptions of the geography, climate and weather usually detailed in the series. But this fact is less important than the deep characterizations and twists in the story. Recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This showcases the talents of Nate, Joe's complicated family life, and county crazies in a story that doesn't stop.
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mystery_readerCA More than 1 year ago
I have read all the books in the Joe Picket series and have enjoyed some more than others. This one, though, stands out for me. The plot is intricate with unexpected twists and turns. There are some surprises along the way--with, perhaps, the biggest at the end. I will say no more as I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone.
Hafstep2 More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the book, great story line. You will not be disappointed.
LeeNV More than 1 year ago
I love Box's books, and this was no different...always a great read.
ConR More than 1 year ago
This book is everything I look for in a Joe Pickett story. I love C.J.'s writing style, it's always plausible and real. I plowed through this thing in about 4 hours. The story left me guessing til the last page!
LEH0644 More than 1 year ago
In this latest Joe Pickett novel, Joe runs up against the white trash from hell. The Cates family is run by the evil Brenda, wife of Eldon, and mother to Bull, Timber, and Dallas. Eldon and Bull have run afoul of Joe before when hunting elk out of season. Now Dallas is accused of beating up Joe's daughter April and leaving her beside the road. She is in a medically induced coma and it is not know how much brain injury she will suffer. Joe is trying his best to rein in his temper and not go after Dallas. If this were not enough, Joe's friend Nate Romanowski has been shot and is fighting for his life in the same hospital where April is fighting for her life. Could these two incidents be related?
shadowmanRH More than 1 year ago
I believe this to be the latest in the Joe Pickett series and am very much looking forward to the next. I do wish the geographical location of "Saddlestring Wyoming" could be more accurate as it does not have an interstate highway easily accessible to it and the closest large town is Buffalo which must be traversed through in order to reach Saddlestrig, however, Buffalo is never mentioned in the stories. Why Not ?
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
The publisher posted an offer on social media: ‘To enter a random draw for a free copy of C.J. Box's new novel, “Endangered”, simply tell us your favorite novel in the Joe Pickett series.’ I was lucky enough to win with my reference to “Open Season”, which was the first book in the series. Now that I've finished “Endangered”, I'm thinking of changing my vote. Mr. Box mentioned in an interview that he wrote that first Joe Pickett novel so that he could tell a tale of a protagonist in a mystery novel who was a happily married family man – the type of guy who is common in real life but rare in the world of fictional sleuths. This deviation from the norm – perhaps it is a return to the norm? – is one of the things I love about the series, in addition to the rural setting in some of the most beautiful country in North America. On the other hand, while I enjoy the counter-balance that Nate Romanowski has brought to the series since his introduction, I'm also frustrated when the plot succumbs to the easy temptation to “let Nate take care of it”. I bring this up because that's NOT the case in this novel; Romanowski's role in this book is limited. Most of the novel involves Joe Pickett having to resolve his own issue. In addition, the main focus on this book is on family ties, both the yin and the yang of family dynamics. It's almost as though Mr. Box ASKED me what to feature and what not to, and then went out and wrote his tale based on my preferences! (NOTE: For the record, I have never met nor corresponded with him.) Regular readers are aware of the Pickett's adopted daughter, April. They would certainly guess that if any of the Pickett daughters would run off to wander the pro rodeo circuit with professional bull rider Dallas Cates, it would be April. And if any of Joe's daughters would ever be found unconscious, beaten along the side of the road, the first guess would also be April. The book centers on whether April will survive, and on who is responsible for this violent crime (as well as for another act of violence which will not be divulged in this review to prevent spoilers.) Oh, and there's one additional crime of violence that is a part of the plot – a lek (breeding colony) of endangered grouse has been wiped out, courtesy of an anonymous person or persons who brought their shotgun to the site. This event hovers around the book, as well – occasionally brushing tangentially against the plot and occasionally intersecting with it. There are many themes that run throughout the book that cannot be discussed in a review without divulging far too much of the plot. “Endangered” is one of the few books that I have read that I would eagerly take part in a concluding panel discussion to thrash out. I very recently praised Betty Webb's “Desert Rage” as being my favorite read of 2015 to date. Sorry Ms. Webb, but C.J. Box has equally caught my fancy – if I had to vote for my favorite book read in 2015, it would be a tie at this point. RATING: 5 stars. DISCLOSURE: As stated, this book was provided free of charge by the publisher in a random draw, without condition. This prompt and favorable review is entirely voluntary.
Scov More than 1 year ago
Another amazing novel from C.J. Box!! Love the Joe Pickett series.
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I loved this book. It was MY C.J. Box that wrote this book. I enjoyed reading it and I was glad to see he could do this again.
Lindamysteries More than 1 year ago
Always a pleasure to follow Joe and his family. April is in big trouble and Joe must concentrate on a truly evil family to solve 2 cases.