Out of Range - Joe Pickett, Bk 5 Author:C. J. Box Joe Pickett is attempting to enjoy -- all right, survive -- his mother-in-law's wedding to a local big-shot rancher when he receives some disturbing news: Will Jensen,a fellow Wyoming game warden and a good friend, has killed himself. And Joe's been picked to temporarily run Jensen's Teton district. — Jackson, Wyoming, is a far cry fr... more »om Joe's hometown of Saddlestring -- it's the epicenter for many environmental extremists and an elite playground for the rich and powerful -- and Joe quickly finds himself in over his head. Yet despite the pressures of his new job, he can't get his friend's suicide out of his mind. By all accounts, Will had changed in the last few months, becoming violent and unpredictable.
The closer Joe comes to the truth about Will's death, the more his own life spirals out of control -- and he realizes that if he's not careful, he may end up as Jackson's next victim.« less
Another good Joe Pickett story. The only flaws in Box's character is his rotten mother-in-law that everyone becomes heartily SICK of and doesn't want to read any further from earlier books. The second flaw is Joe Pickett's lack of skill with firearms. When is Joe going to wise up and learn to use his weapons and stop relying on the highly exaggerated abilities of Nate to save him over and over. Even the most dimwitted of characters must realize how dangerous his incompetence is. If Nate can teach Shannon about falconry, I think he could teach Joe how to shoot. Or would that be too logical, C.J.? Hmmmm?
Excellent crime novel - multilayered, with authentic regional atmosphere (Wyoming) and complex series characters. I did not see the ending coming, which of course makes it all the more satisfying. The plot lines mostly got resolved, leaving some tensions that undoubtedly will get picked up in a future book in this superb and compelling series.