A Joe Pickett Novel
C. J. Box is the author of thirteen Joe Pickett novels and three stand-alones, and has won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Awards, as well as the French Prix Calibre .38.
Joe Pickett always liked Butch Robersona hardworking local business-owner whose daughter is friends with his own. Little does he know that when Butch says he is heading into the mountains to scout elk, he is actually going on the run.
Two EPA employees have been murdered, and all signs point to Butch as the killer. Soon, Joe hears of the land Butch and his wife had bought to retire onuntil they are told the EPA declared it a wetlandand the penalties they charged Butch until the family was torn apart by debt. Finally, it seems, the man just cracked.
It’s an awful story. But is it the whole story? The more Joe investigates, the more he begins to wonderand the more he finds himself in the middle of a war in which he must choose sides.
“An explosive thriller that careens from one unpredictable twist to another.” —South Florida Sun-Sentinel
“It’s the best installment yet in an already rich series. Grade: A.”—The Cleveland Plain Dealer
“An exceptionally well-told story that will entertain, thrill and maybe even outrage its readers.”—USA Today
“Will raise the hair on your neck and chill you to the bone.”—Bookreporter.com
“Thrilling wilderness chases, chilling stories of the abuse of power, and Pickett’s indomitable frontier spirit power this explosive novel.”—Publishers Weekly
“Fans of this series will burn through the pages…Another must-read.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“Its basis in a real-life conflict makes Joe’s thirteenth case one of his most tendentious, but it’s Box who makes it one of his most exciting.”—Kirkus Reviews