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- Print Length: 367 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons (March 3, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 3, 2020
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07TBYPDFP
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,636 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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“Box has established a terrific cast of Western characters… When it comes to western contemporary thrillers with intriguing characters, no one does it better than Box.”--Columbus Dispatch
“Long Range (with its surprise ending) shows Box has lost none of his punch as both he and Joe Pickett grow older.”--Denver Post
"Clever plotting keeps this conspiracy yarn moving briskly, and the scenes depicting Nate’s abuse while in prison are harrowing. This is another top-flight crime yarn illustrating why Box’s readers are never happier than when Joe and Nate have reason to “get western.”--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"[An] incredibly good read, a fast-paced, riveting mystery thriller with so many twists and turns and surprises you never saw coming that it will have you on the edge of your seat all the way to the end."--Washington Times
"Box has secured his reputation as an author who can take this increasingly popular genre—the modern western—and make it do whatever he wants...with a clear, easy style that plays nicely against the pulse-pounding tension. Box remains the gold standard among writers of modern western-mystery blends."--Booklist
"Fans of this outstanding series will know better than to place their money against Joe."--Kirkus Reviews
“Box has expertly woven together a tense action-filled story, a true page-turner, which incorporates greed, unrequited love, revenge and the worst of luck – luck that destroys lives and puts some favorite characters at ultimate risk.” --Durango Herald
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Before the wheels come off, however, Box keeps things spinning with his usual superlative skill. A lot of mysterious new characters are introduced, and a handful of former ones make appearances. Somehow LONG RANGE makes room for a vengeful FBI agent, a Mexican cartel hitman, an eccentric film producer, an inscrutable sheriff, a Florida millionaire and a lawyer named Kink. And things always gent interesting when Joe's biggest nemesis — his mother-in-law — comes back to town to wreak more havoc in his family's life. And there's a number of other equally interesting characters. But most of them don't get satisfying character arcs — they feel more cauterized than tied off and up — and overall, LONG RANGE reads like a book that was meant to be about 150 pages longer but was hastily rewritten or edited down to a more conventional page count. Why else would the last several chapters — and several plot lines — get wrapped up at 78-rpm speed?
Box is good, and LONG RANGE is well worth the read, but he's better than what he delivered here, and I have no doubt he'll deliver it. Twenty book into the series, there's no sense that he's losing interest in Joe Pickett, Nate Romanowski and Co. — if anything, LONG RANGE indicates that he's so over-interested in them that he doesn't know how to deal with all his good ideas. If that's the case, someday I hope to read a "director's cut" of this book—if, as I suspect, a lot of pages were left on the cutting-room floor.
Someone shoots at the cantankerous Judge Hewitt and hits his much loved wife instead. The new sheriff is so arrogant and incompetent that Joe has to investigate behind his back. The deputies hate the sheriff and become Joe’s allies.
Meanwhile Joe’s falconer friend Nate Romanowski has also being targeted by a sniper. There are a lot of long-range rifles floating around this story, and the reader learns all about the latest technology that lets anyone become an effective sniper. Be prepared for lots of action. You won’t soon forget “Pickett’s charge” — or Nate’s rough justice for the sheriff. Joe’s wife Marybeth continues to be a behind-the-scenes investigator with her amazing ability to find things out through internet research and community networking.
I don’t want to hurry C. J. Box — but I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
Like the best books in this long-running series, the plot of “Long Range” is complicated, fast-moving, and populated by nasty public officials and even more sinister outsiders. Joe, as always, seems overmatched. And, if life couldn’t get worse, his mother-in-law Missy turns up.
Figure on a day or two of quick and rewarding reading. Hard to put down.
Small, rural communities often end up with more than their share of misfits, often in positions that even mild vetting would prevent - the people just aren't exposed to evil as reliably as people who are in contact with more people are.
That's the painful bottom line that creates this book.
The characters are wonderful. It is best, of course, to read this series in order, as events of previous books tend to cause events in subsequent books, and changes the characters.
And these characters, are characters. They are unique, wonderful people. Some have quirks, some are bland, but none are extras. Each creates swirls in the smoke that covers the stage, and causes the others to move.
This was an extraordinary book.
The judge is angry and holds a meeting the next morning of all county law enforcement agencies. This includes Game Warden Joe Pickett. The order to all the agencies is simple, find out who did the shooting, arrest the person and do it quickly. Easier said than done.
At the same time there is a rumor that the Sinaloa cartel wants revenge for the killing of one of their female members that occurred a year earlier in Saddlestring, the county seat in Twelve Sleep County. Game Warden Pickett was involved with that shooting, as was his pal, falconer Nate Romanowski. It is not a rumor. The cartel is after Nate.
Author C.J. Box just published “Long Range”, the 20th novel in the Joe Pickett series. As with all his novels, they are simply hard to put down once you begin the read. While there are two stories going on at the same time, they all come down to a single exciting ending.
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