This is the third book in the Joe Pickett series about a father of two Wyoming game warden that is often called upon to deal with some hairy situations. At the time of adding this entry the book has 51 customer reviews on Amazon.com and the star rating is at 4 stars.
Title : The Winterkill
Author : C.J. Box
ISBN : 978-1-402-55688-3
Pages : 323
Published Date : 2003
Publisher : Putnam
Sub-Genre : Thriller, Hardboiled
Main Characters : Joe Pickett
Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett returns in this third adventure in C.J. Box's tough, tender, and engrossing series, which just keeps getting better.
When a forest service supervisor is murdered right after a manic shooting spree that slaughtered a herd of elk, a mysterious stranger who trains falcons and carries an unusual weapon is arrested for the slaying. Then a special investigative team headed by a devious, vindictive woman arrives in Saddlestring, bent on a bloody confrontation with a group of government-hating survivalists camped out on federal land. Among then is Jeannie Keeley, who abandoned her daughter April three years earlier. Since then, April has become like a daughter to Joe and his wife Marybeth, and a sister to their own children. Now April is right in the middle of what promises to be the last stand for the ragged band of refugees from the firestorms of Waco, Ruby Ridge, and the Montana Freemen, and only Nate the falconer, who owes Joe his life for finding the real killer of the supervisor and freeing him from jail, may be able to save her before the Bighorn Mountains are covered in blood.
A tense, taut thriller marked by lyrical renderings of the harsh, beautiful landscape, Winterkill's subtext, as in Box's previous novels, is the conflict between individual rights and freedoms and governmental power that continues to smolder in the towns and valleys of the American west.
You can get more information about the Joe Pickett series and find a listing of all of the C.J. Box books in order by visiting the C.J. Box author page.
As mentioned above, Winterkill is the 3rd book in the Joe Pickett series following on from Open Season and Savage Run. It is quickly establishing itself as a series to follow closely with both the main characters and the Wyoming landscape being brought to life.