An Edgar, Anthony, Macavity, Gumshoe, and Barry Award winner, C. J. Box delivers the second pulse-pounding installment in his critically acclaimed series. While investigating a string of bizarre murders, Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett is forced to flee across treacherous terrain with a deadly tracker on his trail.
"Picturesque detailing, admirable prose, and agitating suspense demonstrate the appeal of this follow-up to Box’s Edgar nominated debut." (Library Journal)
"Laconic Joe Pickett returns to his slightly offbeat duties in Wyoming's Bighorn Mountains in C. J. Box's Savage Run. Joe is called to the scene when an exploding cow kills a famous ecoterrorist, Stewie Woods, and his bride of three days, who were peacefully spiking trees. A visit to the cow's pugnacious owner leaves Joe defensive, angry, and curious: Why doesn't the rancher ask any questions about the bizarre accident that happened on his land? Then Joe's wife, Marybeth, begins receiving phone calls from her high-school boyfriend - the peculiarly healthy-sounding Stewie Woods. Stewie may or may not be alive, but his old pal Hayden Powell and other environmental activists are all turning up deceased in strange circumstances. As the body count climbs, Joe tries to sort out the bad guys, the good guys, and the truly dead guys in this sometimes funny, sometimes angry [novel]. Box depicts the spare beauty and cussed individualism of the intermountain West with the sure hand of a seasoned writer." (Amazon.com review)
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Box brings the West alive!
Yes. I found the plot interesting and the characters well-developed. Yes, it isn't a traditional mystery as we already know who the bad guys are, but Mr Box develops the setting so well that it becomes another character. I live in the mountains of Colorado and life is quite similar to life in WY. Hunting, fishing, ams... I think Mr Box does a great job of illustrating the type of lives that are lived in the rural West.
Some reviewers said they found Joe Pickett to be too weak. I don't think of him as weak. He is a pacifist, a lover of nature, and a family man. He does the job he does because he truly believes that the animals and land should be protected. He carries a weapon only because it is required and would much rather not do so. To me, that isn't weak, in fact, it is the opposite. He has strong convictions and isn't swayed by outside sources. I respect that in people and I respect it in this character.
21st century range war! Adventure not mystery.