Game Warden Joe Pickett returns in a twisting, action-packed tale of greed, power and murder. Attempting to enjoy his mother-in-law's wedding to a local big-shot rancher, he receives some disturbing news: Will Jensen, a fellow Wyoming game warden and good friend, has killed himself. And Joe's been picked to run Jensen's Teton district. Jackson, ...
Game Warden Joe Pickett returns in a twisting, action-packed tale of greed, power and murder. Attempting to enjoy his mother-in-law's wedding to a local big-shot rancher, he receives some disturbing news: Will Jensen, a fellow Wyoming game warden and good friend, has killed himself. And Joe's been picked to run Jensen's Teton district. Jackson, Wyoming, is a far cry from Joe's hometown of Saddlestring and he quickly finds himself in over his head in his new job. Yet despite the pressures of his new job and his growing attraction to a married woman, Joe begins to question the circumstances of his friend's suicide and becomes obsessed with finding the reason why. Meanwhile back at home in Saddlestring, Joe's wife, Marybeth, struggling to hold her family together in her husbands absence receives a series of threatening phone calls. There are mysteries to be solved and dangers averted before the truth about Will's death finally emerges.
Publishers Weekly, 2005-04-11 In Box's taut, suspenseful fifth Joe Picket novel (after 2004's Trophy Hunt), the Wyoming game warden is temporarily transferred from his backwater base, Saddlestring, to Jackson, a sophisticated tourist mecca, to replace warden Will Jensen, who apparently shot himself to death. Joe has his doubts about Will's "suicide," but little time to investigate given other distractions: a vast and remote territory to patrol, questionable practices by a hunting outfitter, pressure to approve an exclusive housing development on a wildlife trail and protests by animal rights activists. At home, Joe's contentious wife, Marybeth, deals with mysterious threats and daughter Sheridan's teenage angst. To complicate matters further, Joe's reputation as a hardheaded law enforcer, unwilling to play politics, precedes him. Unusual for the genre, the skillfully orchestrated climax doesn't include a chase and the conclusion is ambivalent. Adept at setting his scenes, physically and psychologically, Box approaches Nevada Barr in his ability to describe the West's natural beauty. With each book he creates plots of greater complexity, but in contrast to his ever more nuanced male characters, his women remain too often flirtatious or angry. Agent, Ann Rittenberg. Author tour. (May 5) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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