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Nowhere to Run (A Joe Pickett Novel) Mass Market Paperback – April 5, 2011
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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 the Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Nowhere to Run has longer scenes than most of the other books in the series. With some interludes, a couple of long-range wilderness patrols by Wyoming's most famous game warden cover many of the pages of the novel. Interesting characters abound and the wild men who become the target of Pickett's searches are fascinating characters. As usual, Box returns to one of his frequent themes - this time governmental over-reach - to tie a ripping good tale into a current issue sharply dividing the country (though with most of the denizens of Wyoming on one side of the issue).
I was surprised in the beginning to have fallen in love with this series because I don't generally like 'family' stories but I sure liked this family.
I highly recommend CJ Box and his Joe Pickett. I'd just love to sit down with him and talk about he crafted this character! Please read this series-you won't be disappointed.
The plot progresses with many important parts in the book. A girl missing in the same mountain range Joe was in has made headlines again. A group of agents from Michigan has come all the way to Wyoming in search of the twin brothers. Later in the book, Joe finds out that the missing girl may be living alongside with the brothers. Joe promises his wife that he will never go back and get revenge on the twins, but when the parents of the missing girl come and plead to Joe to find their daughter, he decides that he must to go back. The plot of this book kept me on edge throughout the entire book and kept me eagerly turning the pages.
The setting of the book is mostly placed in the Sierra Madre Mountain Range in the southeastern part of Wyoming. I myself have been to these mountains and they are very beautiful. Very high peaks all topped with tall pine trees and alpine slopes. It is a very beautiful part of Wyoming. Part of the book is also set in Billings, Montana while Joe is in the hospital after his brawl with the brothers.
The main conflict in the book is the two brothers living in the mountains. No one knew that they were living there. And after Joe encountered them, it opened up a new mystery. Why are they living up in the mountains by themselves? The resolution of the story is solved when Joe and his friend Nate Romanowski encounter the brothers again after the twins killed most of the agents from Michigan and wounded a sheriff. With Joe briskly walking towards the brothers with a shotgun in his hands and Nate hidden in the trees to the left of the twins with a .454 rifle....you have to read to story and find out how it ends.
Overall, this is one of the best books I've ever read. Its the first C.J Box book that I have read and I hope to read more of his books. I really enjoy how he writes the story and how the book progresses. It kept me turning the pages hour after hour and I never wanted to put the book down. I fully recommend this book to anyone that wants to read about a great mystery.