Sentence: When Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett received the
call every parent dreads, he was standing knee-high in thick
sagebrush counting the carcasses of sage grouse.
Joe Pickett receives a call about the body of a girl being
found in a ditch by the highway, it is suspected to be his
ward, April, who had taken off with rodeo champion Dallas
Cates. Cates' family gives him an alibi, and there's evidence
pointing to someone else. But Joe isn't convenience and is
determined to learn the truth
one way or another.
There's no question but that C.J. Box knows who to write a
completely compelling book. He's the type of author whose
story you start at page one, and find yourself in exactly
the same spot several hours later when you've finished the
Pickett is such a wonderful, fully-dimensional character.
You know who he is and for what he stands. He is moral and
principled, as well as determined to find the truth, particularly
when it impacts his family. Don't for a second, however, think
that makes him perfect or boring. He is the sort of person
you'd want on your side. The balance between Joe and his wife,
Marybeth, rings absolutely true, with each playing to their
strengths. The same also applies to his relationship with
his daughters. And then there's Nate. Followers of the series
fear not. Nate is there exactly when it matters.
On the other hand, Box does create some villains who will
make your skin crawl. They're not over the top, but they are
definitely not someone you'd ever what to know.
Endangered is a plot-driven story, with great characters
and excellent suspense. Box is always a great read.
of other titles in this series
Fired (Short Stories)
Stone Cold #14 [review
The Grid #17