Long Range - A Joe Pickett Novel Author:C. J. Box #1 New York Times bestseller C.J. Box returns with a blazing new Joe Pickett novel, in which the Wyoming game warden must investigate a murder that happens on his turf--a murder committed from a confoundingly long distance. — The wife of a prominent local judge is shot and killed on Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett's turf. But as Joe investigates,... more » all signs point to the shot having been taken from an impossibly long distance. Joe has seen a lot in his time as warden, but he's never seen a killing like this. How could the shooting have been arranged? And who else is in the cross hairs?
At the same time--just as he's adjusting to the arrival of a new baby, his first child--Joe's best friend Nate Romanowski is attempting to decipher a startling grizzly attack in the area.
Beset by threats both man-made and natural, the two men must go to great lengths to figure out how to keep their loved ones safe.« less
Another riveting outing from Box and his Joe Pickett series. Box has become my favorite thriller writer and his books just seem to get better and better. I've read all of his previous works including the Pickett series and his Cassie Dewell/Cody Hoyt series. All of them have been exciting page-turners in the crime/suspense genre.
In this one, someone shoots at the local judge from very long range, killing his wife instead. Joe gets involved with a task team to try to find the shooter when the judge requests him personally to be included. The team is told by the judge to identify anyone who may have had a grudge against him and it turns out that there is a long list. Then the county prosecutor also gets targeted by the shooter as he was driving his vehicle. So who has a grudge against both? Can it be the Mexican cartel who were involved in a shootout on the courthouse steps in the last novel? But then Joe's friend Nate Romanowski gets arrested for the crime by the new sheriff in town who turns out to be totally incompetent. Joe must then work doubly hard to try to clear Nate's name.
This was really a super thriller with Box throwing in several twists that keep you guessing up till near the end. There are also some good subplots involved including an unprovoked grizzly attack that Joe was investigating when he got called into the shooting investigation. High recommendation for this and any other novel by Box. But now I have the long wait until his next one is published... :(