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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. Inspired by a real-life Wyoming game warden's encounter with sinister mountain-man twin brothers, Edgar-winner Box's outstanding 10th Joe Pickett novel (after Below Zero) takes Pickett into darker territory than ever before. Pickett's eerie last patrol as a temporary game warden in a remote mountainous area turns into a savage brush with death, followed by a crisis of conscience that drives the decent Pickett back into the same mountains to rescue Diane Shober, an Olympic runner who vanished there—and to bring Caleb and Camish Grim, twin brothers suspected of poaching (and maybe worse) to justice. Box inexorably builds Joe's harrowing personal quest into a complex meditation on human greed and government corruption. A lone black wolf, possibly Box's symbol for the wilderness within and without the human soul, tracks Joe throughout this terrible, beautiful tale of courage and compassion and culpability. Author tour. (Apr.)
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*Starred Review* Joe Pickett, exiled to the “warden’s graveyard” in a remote district of southern Wyoming, has one week left before regaining his old job in Twelve Sleep County, where his family still lives. On a final horseback patrol, however, a routine citation for unlicensed fishing turns into a deadly confrontation with twin brothers Caleb and Camish Grim, whose anger at the government is downright murderous. The first hundred pages are as good as anything Box has written, highlighting both the dangerous beauty of the West and the risks of a job where a lone civil servant interacts with a well-armed populace. As events escalate and a complex conspiracy comes to light, momentum is maintained by the dogged determination of Pickett, who could have walked away, and probably should have, but didn’t. At issue, ultimately, is the rule of government versus the rights of the people, and by the time Pickett goes back up the mountain for a final showdown with the Grim brothers, he sees the confrontation, as we do, in a whole new light—but that won’t, of course, stop him from doing his duty. (Series fans will appreciate the way circumstances test the tenacious loyalty of the lawman’s outlaw friend, Nate Romanowski.) As Box has become more prolific, his gold standard has become alloyed, but Nowhere to Run, the tenth in the series, ranks with his best books, such as Open Season (2001) and Out of Range (2005). Readers should take note of their surroundings before opening this book: once they start reading, they won’t know what hit them. --Keir Graff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: A Joe Pickett Novel (Book 10)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (April 5, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042524055X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425240557
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (263 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

C. J. Box is the author of the award-winning Joe Pickett series of novels, including Open Season (2001), Savage Run (2002), Winterkill (2003), Trophy Hunt (2004), Out of Range (2005) and the upcoming In Plain Sight (May, 2006). He's the winner of the Anthony Award, Prix Calibre 38 Award (France), the Macavity Award, the Gumshoe Award, the Barry Award, and an Edgar Award and L.A. Times Book Prize finalist. Open Season was a New York Times Notable Book and three of the novels have been Booksense 76 picks.


The novels have been national bestsellers and have been translated into 12 languages.


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. An avid outdoorsman, Box has hunted, fished, hiked, ridden, and skied throughout Wyoming and the Mountain West. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo.


Box lives with his family outside of Cheyenne, Wyoming.

Customer Reviews

These books are well written, fast paced and always have good plots and interesting twists.
Fred
This is one of those books where you just can't put it down and find yourself reading late into the night.
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I highly recommend this writer to anyone....... Love his character Joe Pickett......great book.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

47 of 49 people found the following review helpful By J. Lesley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 12, 2010
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Joe Pickett has only one more week to go in the territory around Baggs, Wyoming, before he will be heading back to take up his position of a game warden in Twelve Sleep Country. Back to his family. But in all good conscience Joe can't ignore the reports he's been hearing about campsites being vandalized and an illegally poached elk being stolen from the hunters who tracked the wounded animal and found the carcass neatly butchered. Pickett figures it will take him a week to make his way around the Sierra Madre of Southern Wyoming and then he's homeward bound. What he finds when he gets deep into the mountains makes him shiver with fear because something just isn't right. By the time he finds who is responsible for the strange happenings in the territory his life hangs in the balance and he's completely cut off from any help.

What a great book this was. Such incredible writing prowess by author C. J. Box that my heart was pounding while I read the account of the danger Joe Pickett was in. The descriptions of the magnificent mountains, lakes and valleys in Wyoming were so good I could visualize them without any problem at all. I liked the character of Joe mainly because he seemed like such a normal individual. Not a super hero, just a really dedicated man doing his job to the very best of his ability. The book seems at first to be a rather simple premise of a game warden protecting the area he is assigned to, but it slowly opens out into a much more complex story involving not just inter-state political rivalries, but also political agendas on a national level.

The concepts of the rights of the individual in these United States is at the heart of this story.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By M. Tanenbaum VINE VOICE on March 5, 2010
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As a suburban liberal blue state female, I'm not sure if I fit the typical profile of C. J. Box's readers, but I find his Joe Pickett series to be one of the best series of mystery/thrillers out there. I literally couldn't put this one down once I started in on it. I have read a number of titles in the series, completely out of order, so you can easily read this one even if you haven't read the earlier Pickett novels. I thought this one was one of the best so far. In a nutshell, Joe Pickett is a Wyoming game warden, working a temporary assignment in an isolated town where strange things are happening in the surrounding mountains, including an Olympic calibre female runner who went missing years ago. Joe just can't leave without investigating, and rides on horseback into the forest to check into the rumors. There he finds and confronts two mountain men, but when he demands to see their hunting licenses, he's in more trouble than he can ever imagine. These two brothers are deadly--what exactly are they doing in one of the most remote places in the country? and have they kidnapped the missing runner? As usual, this novel is an incredibly suspenseful page-turner. Box also takes time to offer glimpses of Pickett's complicated family life, in which his wife and daughters are trying to integrate a foster daughter into their family, and his rich mother-in-law is constantly interfering in his business. Box not only entertains, he also makes the reader think about political issues such as government involvement in ordinary life and the degree in which people should have freedom to live as they wish, even if they don't conform to society's norms. Highly recommended for Box fans and fans of suspense novels in general.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By critters VINE VOICE on April 8, 2010
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I've never read anything by C.J. Box, so I had an open mind. Despite that, I enjoyed "Nowhere to Run" even more than I expected to! It's modern, yet there's a flavor of the Old West. I found myself really relating to Joe and his eventual predicament, but I really don't think I would've made the same decision he did. What a surprise to find Something Big To Think About in my entertainment!

To me, "Nowhere to Run" evokes Nevada Barr's solitary, independent, nature-oriented law enforcement books starring Park Ranger Anna Pigeon before, frankly, they got a little strange. I definitely plan to look up more from this author, and I hope he continues along this line.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Digbee VINE VOICE on June 14, 2010
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In his tenth Joe Pickett novel, C. J. Box continues to deliver the goods. There's an action-oriented plot with plenty of violence. Joe has a super-wife managing three difficult teenagers and an out-of-control mother-in-law. He's in trouble with his law enforcement colleagues and he still can't shoot a pistol straight. Though he's a state game warden, Joe manages to get involved in crimes that go well beyond his job description.

In addition to these elements, C. J. Box has inserted an interesting ethical and political discussion into the heart of this novel. It's subversive of the genre in an interesting way, much as the Terminator who was not allowed to kill in James Cameron's T2. Unlike T2, the choices grow more naturally out of the character - - Joe Pickett is an upright law enforcer who has to confront a situation where the law may be unjust. This happens a few times in the Sherlock Holmes stories too, where Conan Doyle has Holmes let the perpetrators go. C. J. Box does not choose this easy route but a richer, probably less satisfying denouement.

If you're looking for pure escapism in your fiction, the ending may not satisfy you. But if you don't mind thinking a bit when you put the book down, you'll find that it's Box's best novel yet.
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