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Subject: Hillerman fans-what is your opinion of C.J. Box?
Date Posted: 11/5/2008 5:20 PM ET
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I  have often been a fan of Tony Hillerman and have most of his mystery books. I was saddened to learn of his passing. He will be greatly missed.

Have any of you been reading C .J. Box? He writes the Joe Pickett game warden series books centered in Wyoming. Tony wrote of 'Open Season' (Box's first book) "Buy two copies of Open Season and save one in mint condition to sell to first edition collectors. C.J. Box is a great storyteller."  

Living in Colorada adjacent to New Mexico and Wyoming has provided me with access to both areas these authors so vividly portray. How do you think these two authors compare-or do they?

Terry

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 5:51 PM ET
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Sorry, Terry, I haven't read any of Hillerman's books (ducking), but I am a BIG fan of C. J. Box. There are several other Box devotees who often lurk in the Mystery/Thrillers forum. (I'm sure LeeAnne will pop up any minute now.) If you find yourself drawn to Box's work, try the Walt Longmire series by Craig Johnson (set in Wyoming) or even the Kevin Kerney series by Michael McGarrity (set in New Mexico).

If you go to this location index, you can choose the setting/state and find corresponding mysteries.

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/LocationCats/USA/index.html

Happy reading!

 

Subject: box-hillerman
Date Posted: 11/5/2008 10:31 PM ET
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I appreciate your info as I haven't discovered these writers. Thank you!

Date Posted: 11/5/2008 11:36 PM ET
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I've never read Hillerman either, but I think the C.J. Box series is phenomenal!

Date Posted: 11/6/2008 12:06 AM ET
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I LOVE C.J. Box!! I've met the man four or five times and he has signed several of my editions. He really gives a sense of place in his books and everything is well researched and pretty even-handed. There is always some conflict beyond just the mystery in his books which just adds depth. I love that the landscape of Wyoming ends up being as much a "character" and any person in the books. I recommend Box to everyone who will listen. If you ever get a chance to see him at a book signing, take the opportunity. He is a real gentleman!
Date Posted: 11/6/2008 12:07 AM ET
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Yes! Anna is right! Craig Johnson and Michael McGarrity are excellent as well. C. J. is my first love, though!! :D
Sharon C. (Mamu) - ,
Date Posted: 11/9/2008 10:56 PM ET
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I've read all of Hillerman except the very last and all of the CJ Box, also!  Well, I'm reading CJ Box's Blue Heaven right now, actually.  It's hard to compare them.  I would first off say that I love them both!  Obviously, both have a love affair going on with the west and both portray the location as if it were another character in the books.  Hillerman's low-key prose is similar to Box's; neither is given to gushing.  The dialog for both is point on and spare but it totally fleshes out the main characters.  The location descriptions are exquisite and lovingly done.  Both immerse you in the culture they each represent.  Box's characters seem more, I don't know, lonely.  Hillerman's seem always connected to others within and outside of the tribe.  Hillerman over the years has given me a deep appreciation of the Native culture and spiritualism and an education in that area, too.  Box's writing is getting better and better with each book, imho.  Guess that's all I can come up with tonight.  Highly recommended on both scores!

Another author that I think is similar to Box is William Kent Krueger.  I'd recommend him, too, for a similar voice if not setting.

Date Posted: 11/10/2008 8:52 AM ET
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I have read all of Hillerman's books but none of the others mentioned.I guess I'll have to check them out.

Subject: Hillerman & Box
Date Posted: 11/10/2008 9:35 PM ET
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Thank you for responding to my post. I appreciate the recommendations on additional authors to check out. It is always interesting for me to visualize the writer's descriptions of their localities I particularly enjoy descriptions of places I've driven to/thru. I also have appreciated the traditions and  values of the local Native Americans as portrayed by Hillerman and the lifestyle of a Wyoming game warden as mentioned by Box. I am beginning to wonder about Box's Joe Pickett. I just finished reading "In Plain Sight" and it seems he is being drawn further and further away from law abiding characteristics expected by a man of the law.