I absolutely love this series, it's very different from anything else I've read. If you like Wyoming and Montana, both beautiful states, you will like this series.
#2 Joe Pickett mystery. Joe, a game warden in the Bighorn mountains in Wyoming, is on scene when an exploding cow kills famed eco-terrorist Stewie Woods. It's assumed by the Sheriff that Woods was rigging the explosive himself in one of his infamous protests against ranchers, and died in a case of instant karma, but why is the owner of the ranch, a powerful man with friends in high places, not surprised or even curious about the incident?
Joe aims to nail him for poaching a trophy bull elk out of season, but ends up getting sucked back into investigating Stewie Woods' death (and NOT at the invitation of the Sheriff!) when several other noted eco-terrorists end up dead in other freakish accidents. Things get even more complicated when someone proclaiming that he's Stewie Woods keeps calling Joe's house and talking to his wife Marybeth--and he learns that Marybeth and Stewie were high school sweethearts.
Enjoyable enough read, but there is just something missing. Not sure what it is--I am not fully engaged with the main character I don't think, there didn't seem to be much in the way of character development since book one, and there also seemed to be a whole string of really improbable things happening and weird coincidences such that it was just outside the realm of being believable. I like the author's writing style and the sense of place is awesome too. I just hope Joe becomes more "real" to me as the series goes on. Hopefully this was just the old 'sophomore slump.'
This started the whole Joe Pickett Saga. I couldn't put the book down and I have read all of his books.
I loved it. I wish more people knew about Box's fiction. I guess that the hunting/macho thing would turn off some readers, but I find it more engrossing than a lot of the occupations and side-stories that other detective books include.
While I like reading about good-guy Joe Pickett and the gorgeous Wyoming landscape, this story was too gory. Still I'm looking forward to Bk 3.