Wonderful series. Completely different from anything else I've read.
This is the 4th in the Joe Pickett series by C.J. Box. I have been reading these in order and I continue to find this to be one of the better mystery/thriller series out there. In this book, Pickett gets involved in some murders related to cattle and other animal mutilations. He tries to find out who or what is doing the mutilations -- could it be aliens, deranged people, or birds as the FBI concluded in a similar series of mutilations in the 1970s? And how are the mutilations related to some land deals and mineral rights of land on the market? And why were two people killed in similar ways as the animal mutilations? Pickett finds his way through this morass but in the end leaves some unanswered questions. I would recommend this, along with the other books I have read in this series, although I didn't find this one quite as compelling as the first three books.
engaging but no donald e. westlake
characters are great! Joe Pickett being the game warden gets involved in nearly everything when it falls in his jurisdiction and his family is great. another good story!
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. 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. There's a vicious killer, a modern-day Jack the Ripper, on the loose in Saddlestring - and it appears his rampage is just beginning.
WOW a top notch ride all the way to the last page, was a busy week and that's all I could think about was getting back to this barn burner of a book!! OK I am hooked on C.J. Box now and was already warmed up to his main character's Joe Pickett, his family, and the locals after the first in the series (this being the 4th in the Joe Pickett series). He has given us great depth to his characters and I am enjoying his riveting stories involving them and other great characters of Saddlestring, WY. This one got you right from the beginning as gruesome things are turning up for Joe Pickett the game warden. First while him and his daughters are fly fishing they find the dead body of a mutilated moose, who had part of his body surgically altered after his grisly death. Soon cattle and then humans turn up along the way. The book leave's you with a lot of questions and to your own conclusions which I like in a top notch mystery. This one will send chills right down your spine and make your neck prickly on occasion adding a little flair on a late night of reading. What a great ride all the way to the end to unlock this one, and still leaves you with a few speculations for you to think on your own. I won't give it away, but have to say this one in the series was an awesome book, having me turning the pages as fast as I could to get to the grisly end.