One man hell-bent on avenging his family, the other dead-set on protecting his…
Joe Pickett always knew there’d be a day of reckoning. And now that day has come.
Two years ago, his daughter was beaten and dumped by the side of a country road. Joe’s determination to avenge her forced him into a catastrophic confrontation with the Cates clan that left three of their number dead and put the two survivors behind bars. Now the youngest son, Dallas, is out of prison and back in town.
Joe knows exactly why he’s returned, but all he can do is wait for Dallas to make the first move.
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
I have been with Joe Pickett from the very first book and have loved every single one of them. Joe is a solid family man, a hard worker, honest and fair. He has well and truly earned his high ranking badge as one of Wyoming Big Horn Mountain rangers. I fell in love with this place and the author’s ‘come to life’ descriptions. The harsh winters, beautiful but deadly too. What I really like is the feeling of home in Jackson Hole that I get every time I open a new book to read about familiar characters, hoping that my favourites will be hidden in other chapters further in the book. It really is something special for an author to give you a feeling of missing home when you have never been there.
What begins as a search by air for a missing local man in the mountains turns into the search team making him a visible target for the killers that are hunting him down. Helpless there is little they can do from the air by the time they realise what is happening it is too late.
Past events are back to haunt Joe Pickett and his family as Dallas, a former Rodeo star and only one of two family members that are still alive after nearly killing Joe’s adopted daughter, is back for revenge. His prison sentence is over and he has a couple of new acquaintances in tow to lend a hand at what they do best.
This isn’t really a series that I feel you can just nip in and out of as the rolling characters are tied in to the family from different books. The books began when the girls were only small, only two of them then and now only one is at home looking forward to college.
Dallas is a real mummy’s boy and although she is now only able to move her neck and head, after her encounter with Joe in an earlier book, she still manages to rule the inmates of the prison she is in. She is one scary lady.
My skin crawled with the arrogance of Dallas, but Joe is determined to bring his rein finally to an end to protect his daughters.
This is a perfect addition to this already superb series.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Edgar Award-winning author C.J. Box is the author of nineteen novels including the Joe Pickett series. He’s also won the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, and the Barry Award. His short stories have been featured in America’s Best Mystery Stories of 2006 and limited-edition printings. 2008 novel BLOOD TRAIL was nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin (Ireland) Literary Award.
Box is a Wyoming native and has worked as a ranch hand, surveyor, fishing guide, a small town newspaper reporter and editor, and he co-owns an international tourism marketing firm with his wife Laurie. They have three daughters. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West. He served on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo. Box lives in Wyoming.